JACKSON, Tenn. – Jan. 16, 2012– Union University students and staff members participated in three community service projects Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
In addition, a special chapel service held in the Carl Grant Events Center with guest speaker David Dark honored King’s legacy.
“This day is a unique opportunity to partner with those across our nation in service projects to various communities,” said Rachel Ware, Union’s director of discipleship. “We hope that in these projects we both honor Dr. King for his powerful legacy of service, and point to an even greater reality of our Savior, Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served.”
Dark, author of “Everyday Apocalypse” and “The Gospel According to America” spoke about the non-violence of the civil rights movement.
“The response of the righteous to the suffering that the world inflicts on them is to bless,” Dark said. “God does not repay evil for evil, and thus the righteous should not do so, either.”
Dark also said the day had become one of the best holidays for displaying Christ-like compassion.
Union students served at three different sites around the city of Jackson. In the morning, a group of students worked at the Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Clinic. In the afternoon, one group of students raked leaves, pine cones and gumballs at Hartland Place Apartments, while another group cleaned, dusted and vacuumed at the Care Center.
“I wanted to help people out and give back to the community,” said Ryan Substad, a senior from Eagan, Minn., who volunteered at the Care Center. “The community has helped Union out a lot in the tornado a couple of years back. I wasn’t here, but I’ve heard stories.”
“I love going out and working in Jackson, and getting away from campus and actually going and doing stuff,” said Ashley Carswell, a sophomore from Morganton, N.C., who spent the afternoon at Hartland Place. “It’s really cool to come out and get to know people. Union loves people and loves serving people as a means of serving God.”