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Are you more spiritual than a fifth grader?

Tough question, with arguably an even tougher answer. Karl Haffner, senior pastor at Kettering Adventist Church in Kettering, Ohio, will pose this question—inspired the Jeff Foxworthy television show of a similar name—to students and church members during Power Pac Weekend,  February 27 through March 1.

"Penny Wars" to raise money for Tiny Hands International

For the next two weeks Unionites will do battle over pennies—not who can collect the most, but who can give the most. Starting today through February 11, “Penny Wars,” sponsored by the Amnesty International/Tiny Hands club, will raise money for Tiny Hands International, a local organization that has made it its mission to rescue girls in Nepal and other Asian countries from sex trafficking.

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International Rescue and Relief Students' training culminates in Nicaragua

“Glue the pipe together here,” he indicated with one hand, “and angle the ninety-degree elbow up, like so.” He tweaked the joint, stepped back to admire his work, and proclaimed, “That’s a finished product.”

Posed over a jumble of PVC pipes, brackets, angles, elbows, and drills, Carl Ladd resembled more of a mad scientist than an International Rescue and Relief contract instructor. The contraption at his feet seemed like a prop from some fantasy film instead of a water pump.

Maria Long to perform for "Family Worship" on Jan. 31

Singer-songwriter Maria Long will perform at the College View Church on Jan. 31 at 7:30.

Known for heartfelt lyrics and full musical sound, Long will perform songs from both her albums alongside a full band and Union’s own Tyler Morrison and Azriel Peckham.  “I met her when she was still recruiting for Andrews Aniversity,” said Morrison, who will be providing keyboard and vocals.  “She had just released her first album.”

Lecture series to explore building bridges with Muslim communities

The Union College Center for Interfaith Studies and Culture will present a guest lecture by Rodney MacCallum focused on building bridges with Muslim communities on Friday, Jan. 31, and Sabbath, Feb. 1. Friday’s lecture will be held at the Piedmont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church at 7:00 p.m., and Sabbath lectures will take place during both 9:15 a.m. and noon worship services at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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1001 Arabian Nights: Experience the History, Mystery, and Wonder

Experience the history, mystery and wonder of the classic tales from 1001 Arabian Nights.  Join Assistant Professor of English and Communication, Mike Mennard, at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 26, 2014 in room 121 of the Union College Library for a crash course in Middle Eastern folklore.

IRR instructors return from the Philippines

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November 27, 2013

Aaron and Lauren Kent returned to Lincoln today after spending six days on the ground in Leyte Province of the Philippines on a Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

Both instructors in Union College’s International Rescue and Relief program, the couple and four graduates of the IRR program made the trip with Team Rubicon to assist the residents of the devastated region.

Experience Mystical Islamic poetry

Once upon a time, when camels and nomads roamed the sands of Arabia, and Turkish sheikhs amassed great wealth and harems, a small group of Muslims known in the west as Whirling Dervishes devoted their days to the poetic expression of the meaning of life.

Union groups take steps to fight breast cancer

For senior Gymnaire captain Spencer Way, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not merely a month of occasional, distant reminders of the presence of one of the many forms of cancer. It is a chance to fight back against the disease that nearly took one of his own loved ones.

“My family and I used to participate in breast cancer walks even before my mom had cancer,” said Way. “But after that, the awareness month has become a way for us and others to show our comradery for people dealing with breast cancer.”

Could You Memorize the Entire Qur'an?

On Sunday, October 20, at 7:00 PM the Union College Library will be once again be turned into a site for interfaith dialogue with the viewing and discussion of the HBO documentary Koran by Heart. This dynamic film follows the journey of three ten-year-olds from different countries to Cairo, Egypt for the the Egypt International Holy Koran Competition where they must each recite the entire Qur’an from memory to a panel of judges on live television and radio. Held on the holiest day of Ramadan, this is the oldest and most prestigious Qur’an competition.

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