CQ celebrates Union roots
by Angela Schafer
Twenty-five years ago Eugene
Shirley, a junior at Union College, had a dream: college students needed a
Sabbath School study guide of their own. He brought his idea to Maylan Schurch,
then an English professor at Union, and they began the Collegiate Quarterly.
Now called CQ, Shirley’s format of day-by-day readings written by young people
is still used today.
During chapel on Sept. 28, Union
College was part of the 25-year anniversary celebration of Collegiate
Quarterly. Schurch, Gary Swanson, current editor of CQ, and Falvo Fowler, from
the General Conference office of Mission Awareness, emphasized what one Union
College student can accomplish.
“You are the church of today,” Fowler
said. “Tomorrow will be taken care of by what you do here today at Union.”
In the past 25 years Collegiate
Quarterly has used 100,000 writers, and it now has a circulation of more than
70,000. Beyond college-age readers, CQ is shared with prison inmates and
military personnel around the world. Numerous readers have been baptized into
the Adventist church because of the influence of Collegiate Quarterly.