Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
President Abraham Lincoln, an incredible communicator, was known during the Civil War to attend a church not far from the White House on Wednesday nights. The preacher, Dr. Gurley, allowed the president to sit in the pastor’s study with the door open to the chancel so he could listen to the sermon without having to interact with the crowd.
One Wednesday evening as Lincoln and a companion walked back to the White House after the sermon, the president’s companion asked, “What did you think of tonight’s sermon?”
“Well,” Lincoln responded, “it was brilliantly conceived, biblical, relevant, and well presented.”
“So, it was a great sermon?”“No,” Lincoln replied. “It failed. It failed because Dr. Gurley did not ask us to do something great.”
Thursday, February 17, 2011
SNU Professor Chosen as Rotary Peace Fellow
BETHANY, Okla. (February 17, 2011) - Southern Nazarene University professor, Marty Alan Michelson, Ph.D. was chosen to receive a fellowship opportunity from Rotary International.
Michelson was one of 19 recipients, from a pool of several hundred international applicants chosen for a full-ride scholarship and stipend for all expenses for 12 weeks at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, summer 2011. Fellows earn the Professional Development Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University curriculum. International Fellows work to improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty through real-life, international field experience on issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding. Fellows will advance a culture of tolerance and peace, enhancing knowledge and skill while engaging practitioners and academics in the arena of peace and conflict resolution.
“The Rotary Peace Fellowship’s purpose is to support and advance the issues of peace, goodwill, causes of conflict and world understanding. Marty’s educational and work experience make him an ideal candidate for the Fellowship. He will not only expand his knowledge of international relations and conflict resolutions, he will bring that knowledge back to the Unites States to positively impact our world,” commented Sheila Stinson, Rotary District 5750 Rotary Peace Fellowship committee chair.
Michelson is excited about his upcoming fellowship, “I am absolutely thrilled with this opportunity. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. SNU hopes to graduate students who think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with purpose. This fellowship combines the best of Rotary’s mission with SNU’s purpose to have graduates and faculty who think, act and serve. I plan to use the investment of Rotary International in faithful ways to live as a peacemaker.”
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide in humanitarian service -- has more than 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographic regions. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Side note. I talked to an old friend tonight. A friend from my university days in San Diego - 18 years ago. She and I hadn't spoken (though we've interacted on Facebook recently) in at least 15 years. What a delight, delight, delight to share friendship with great people - even if we only speak 1x in every 15 years! I am blessed with great friends from a host of places through past university, church, and life engagement. I am so very thankful this evening. Delightful. Just delightful.