The Rev. Allison VanderLinden
Are you a grad student looking for some Christian fellowship? Perhaps a grad student questioning God and faith issues? InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has begun a fellowship of grad students on the USM campus. I, Allison VanderLinden, facilitate the ministry. I'm on campus every Thursday for prayer in the Evangelical Christian tradition at 9 AM in Luther Bonney Hall (for room location: firstname.lastname@example.org); and from 10 AM to 7 PM, with office time at Religious and Spiritual Life, 23 Brighton Avenue, Portland (the Deering Farmhouse) as well as out and about on campus. I'd be pleased to meet with you at your convenience!
I grew up in Darien, CT, and attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA and Princeton Theological Seminary for my MDiv. Degree. After several years of pastoring churches, I have changed career paths. Now I am hoping to gather USM grad students of diverse disciplines for Christian fellowship and learning. IVCF encourages students from multi-ethnic backgrounds to get to know God through Jesus Christ and encourage each other on his/her own spiritual journey. We are committed to spiritual formation and mutual accountability within each graduate discipline. We seek opportunities to fellowship and study the Bible together. We are a welcoming place for Christians and seekers alike.
Solidarity, Sympathy, and Silence for Boston
The tree on the Portland campus dedicated on September 11, 2011 reminds us that when those attacks took place, we didn’t know how we’d go on, but we have. Another hateful act has rocked our world; more people have died and suffered grave injury. But the tree has continued to grow, to blossom and leaf, to rest in winter, and to begin again each spring. Life is resilient.
The explosions in Boston on Monday were powerful. The pain on the part of those whose loved ones were killed, and on the part of those injured is powerful. The hatred that motivated the act, and the fear and anger it provoked are powerful.
But our gathering in solidarity and sympathy is more powerful still. Solidarity, because it means we are one people, is more powerful. Sympathy, because it means we are being with, feeling with, those who grieve and ache and must heal, is more powerful. Solidarity and sympathy have more power to carry the day. They have the power to redeem this divided, killing, maiming, aching, and yet somehow resilient world.
In solidarity and in sympathy, we hold in our minds and hearts all those impacted by the horrible events of Monday in Boston.