Reunion Weekend Encourages Fresh Faith

WILMORE, Ky. — Alumni who arrived at Asbury University’s campus on Friday with stories to tell of their children, careers and adventures in faith left on Sunday with a renewed connection to the sustaining stories of their Savior.

Mary John Shepherd '72 Dye spoke Sunday morning at Reunion 2012.
Mary John Shepherd '72 Dye spoke Sunday morning at Reunion 2012.

“Reunion 2012: Stories to Tell” brought alumni from near and far to Wilmore for a weekend of reconnecting over meals, Chapel services and late-night conversations. With alumni from classes ranging from 1947 to 2007, the spiritual heritage of the University proved to be a tie that crossed ages and disciplines. Mary John Shepherd ’72 Dye, a United Methodist district superintendent from North Carolina, spoke on Luke 18 during Sunday morning’s worship service to the gathered group.

“My question is not, ‘Was your faith vital when you were here?’” she said. “My question is, ‘Is your faith fresh now?’ Of all the stories we’ve heard and shared this weekend, the story we should impress on our hearts is the story Jesus told his disciples so they would not lose heart.”

Throughout the weekend, there were opportunities both for sharing with peers, such as the class luncheons on Saturday and dessert receptions by decade on Friday evening, as well as events that drew all age groups. On Saturday afternoon, Asbury University honored the legacy of coach Cecil Zweifel, widely considered the founder of Asbury athletics, early athletic director, and long-time baseball and soccer coach.

With tributes ranging from the wry — one former soccer player remembered Zweifel’s commitment to conditioning and oft-quoted philosophy that “there may be teams with better skills, and there may be teams with better coaches, but there will be no one in better shape” — to the tearful, former players shared with each other and Zweifel the impact of his ministry through the years.

Reunion 2012Other group events included a dramatic presentation from actor David Payne titled “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” on Friday and a variety show of music, stories and “Did You Know?” moments from Asbury’s history on Saturday. A Award winners Wallace Swanson ’52, Clayon Carpenter ’62 and Paul ’67 and Rebecca Kunkle ’67 Petrie were recognized for outstanding accomplishments and service, as was Young Alum winner D.T. Slouffman ’97.

Alumni who were not able to make it to Reunion have another opportunity this year to see the University in action. Homecoming 2012 will take place Oct. 26-28 and will feature a Sibling Invasion for siblings of current students, athletic events, Chapel and more. Check for updates as the Fall semester approaches.

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