MNOW shares diversity of worship

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Esther Wang/THE FALCON A wide variety of worship forms were showcased at SPU’s tri-annual Multicultural Night of Worship, including mime dancing.

Esther Wang/THE FALCON
A wide variety of worship forms were showcased at SPU’s tri-annual Multicultural Night of Worship, including mime dancing.

For sophomore Michaela Hope, following Christ means leaving her comfort zone to be with others, sit with them and befriend them. Hope believes that this pursuit of community is in Jesus’ command. “It’s out of our comfort zone that he meets us and teaches us the most valuable lessons,” Hope said during the fall quarter Multicultural Night of Worship (MNOW) on Nov. 23. Throughout the event, performances ranging from song to mime dancing graced First Free Methodist Church’s stage. According to FFMC associate pastor Allison Coventry, MNOW delves into diversity by exploring different forms of worship. She says this allows students to share how they interact with God and puts SPU’s mission for diversity on campus into play. “Diversity, I think, is central to a biblical worldview,” Coventry said. According to Coventry, the event was not just hosted for SPU students. It was for the entire Seattle community. “There’s nothing more powerful than immersing people in different worship experiences, so it helps provide something very practical and tangible…It brings a lot of people together that aren’t normally together to worship,” Coventry said. Tony Lee, a junior and student organizer of MNOW, agrees that diverse forms of worship can be very powerful, going on to say that they can even better connect one with God. “Oftentimes, I feel like we just go to church on Sunday, and then we leave church and … just kind of carry on with the rest of our lives,” Lee said. “But the thing about this is that you get to actually interact.” Interaction sparked by diversity was another aspect of worship that Lee hoped to emphasize through MNOW. After each display of worship, the performers would answer Lee’s questions about the personal meaning of their worship form and why it was important to them. Through this, Lee said, attendees were better able to understand and explore the forms of worship shown during the event. “You get to practice, engage, actually have the person teach a little about what that means, a glimpse of that worship,” Lee said. “[The performers] really wanted you to learn something about their expression.” Coventry says that this interactive aspect is closely linked with MNOW’s wish for diversity. By inviting the audience to listen and become engaged with the performers, the attendees might become more inspired to pursue the church’s mission for diversity. “I see [diversity] not as something that should be at the side of a church agenda. I really see it as something central to our faith that we should be pursuing actively, really intentional about,” Coventry said. “It’s important because that’s how we experience the most of God and who he is and also understand the fullness of humanity how he created it.” University of Washington student Nikkita Oliver recited poetry at MNOW. During her performance, she addressed humanity’s need to work in unity. She spoke about God’s acceptance of all and the need to realize this through scripture. “More importantly … a word is an action, church,” Oliver recited. “We should be the love. Let us be more than words.” This article was published in print on Dec. 3. Due to technical difficulties, it was published online on Dec. 5.

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