Students offer cultural collaboration

Joining to understand worship

Guests gathered to sit outside of Eaton Hall to listen to a service song, awaiting an international dinner.

On Sunday, May 22 a collaboration event between Multicultural Night of Worship and Catalyst took place from 4-6 p.m., “Breaking Bread: A Multicultural Picnic.”

To kick-off the event, the gospel choir Michelle Lang and Still Water asked everyone to stand up and sing along with them.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon Michelle Lang of Michelle Lang and Still Water performs for the crowd.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon
Michelle Lang of Michelle Lang and Still Water performs for the crowd.

Following the first song, junior Emma Naden-Johns, ministry programmer of Multicultural Night of Worship, and senior Almarina Quintero, event programmer with Catalyst, introduced the event.

Naden-Johns think this event is very important, as she has been planning Multicultural Night every quarter.

“We thought about this quarter what the better way to combine worship and food and international dinner than combine those two events,’” Naden-Johns says.

The goal of the event was to draw communion, titling the evening Breaking Bread; all gathering to share community through worship and fellowship while dining among friends.”

Quintero wanted participants enjoy the event as a normal picnic party.

“Just like the picnic table, even though it’s all different, we all come together to form this beautiful event tonight.” Quintero says

Between the transition of performances, Peter Paul from the John Perkins Center gave a brief speech about God’s dinner.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon The theme for the collaborative event between Multicultural Night of Worship and Catalyst surrounded the notion of communion and gathering at the table.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon
The theme for the collaborative event between Multicultural Night of Worship and Catalyst surrounded the notion of communion and gathering at the table.

“God invites all people to his table. He demonstrated this in the Scripture where Jesus gathered his disciples around the table, and among those people, a tax collector, someone we identify as a sinner, even Judas, the one who went on to betray him, is welcome at Jesus table,” Paul says.

Paul invited the crowd to stand up and join with the spirit, knowing Jesus has invite us to his table.

“Every time we eat the bread, we are reminded that Christ invited us to the table and that only He could set up for the people of the world,” Paul says.

After the Communion, participants were allowed to get their dinner.   

The event was interrupted by a little rain, so everyone was moving into Eaton Hall.

The second group to take stage once inside Eaton Hall was Grupo Bayano, performing Bomba and Puerto Rican style Dance.

Participants were asked to form a circle in the Eaton Hall lobby. The crowd was given dancing instructions and soon the room was full of guests moving around to the sound of the drum.

Dancers and participants took turns challenging the drum, creating a dialogue with movement that the drummer answer.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon Students line up to experience an international dinner on the grass outside of Eaton Hall.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon
Students line up to experience an international dinner on the grass outside of Eaton Hall.

Sophomore Coraliz Diaz was thrilled to hear her childhood song while attending the event.

“When I heard the rhyme of the drum, it was instantly flashback of my childhood, it was very nostalgic,” Diaz says. “I was definitely very moving and almost brought me to tears. Its great to hear this music at SPU.”   

Junior Caleb Caleb Meyer was glad to have the event take place as well.

“This is an exciting event,” Meyers said.

“You have opportunity to build up an understanding of worship.”

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