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LWC observes Annual Church Celebration Day - 2015

Church Celebration extols "Remarkable story called Lindsey Wilson College
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By Duane Bonifer, Public Relations Director
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - The "remarkable story called Lindsey Wilson College" was celebrated Wednesday afternoon.

The college - which is affiliated with the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church - held Church Celebration Day in V.P. Henry Auditorium, one of the oldest spaces on LWC's A.P. White Campus. The annual ceremony serves as a reminder of the college's connection to Methodism, which dates to LWC's founding in 1903.

"Today, we are celebrating a close church relationship," Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan said in his message to LWC faculty, staff, students and guests, which included more than a dozen United Methodist ministers.

Swan, who has been at the college since 1985, marveled about what he called "this remarkable story called LWC."

"Literally not a week goes by where I am somewhere on campus and I just stop and look at what wonder God has done in this place," he said. "It is such a great story."

Swan recalled that it was 30 years ago last spring when the college's leadership decided to transform LWC from a junior college into a liberal arts college.

He said that decision began a period when "a group of faith-filled staff, faculty and trustees began to reinvent this sleepy little junior college of 400 students."

Paraphrasing Nelson Mandela, the founder of modern South Africa, Swan said: "We just had to be willing to do the impossible, do without the indispensable and endure the intolerable, which at times we did."

Swan said one of the reasons for LWC's success is because the college enjoys a strong relationship with The United Methodist Church.

"We are proudly a church-related college. We let our light shine," he said.

Embracing its religious heritage and roots has not only sustained LWC but also fueled its expansion, Swan said.

"It is decidedly because we are are Christian in our mission that we allow for great diversity and dialogue" on campus, he said. "We cast a wide invitation to this community of faith. We are welcoming in this educational mission. We are inclusive, we are eccumenical, as togteher we are trying to figure out what does it mean to pursue the good life; what does it mean to be an educated, enlightened individual; what does it mean to truly love your neighbor or to be a whole, authentic person."

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LWC observes Annual Church Celebration Day

2015-10-22 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Students, faculty, staff and guests gather Wednesday afternoon, October 22, 2015, in V.P. Henry Auditorium for Lindsey Wilson College's annual Church Celebration Day, which celebrates the college's affiliation with The United Methodist Church. - Duane Bonifer, LWC

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