The legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government are currently seeking to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates.
“The University Church just begs to be sung in,” says Lindsay Armstrong, junior vocal performance major. “But the echoes we hear while we’re singing in that acoustically amazing space wouldn't be nearly as satisfying if we weren't able to freely sing about what is literally the greatest phenomenon in this world: that an uncontainable God wants a relationship with each of us.”
Each week, more than 230 students spend a combined total of 672 hours practicing as part of the WWU Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Steel Band, University Singers and I Cantori. (And these hours don’t include individual practice time and lessons.)
Casey Bartlett was a High Five staff member and then director during three years working with the program.
A typical day in children’s and young adult Sabbath Schools at the University Church looks something like this:
As a children’s Sabbath School assistant, Carol Zhu Min serves as a greeter and helps in the beginner classroom. “When I came to WWU in 2011, everything was new to me," she says. "Helping in the church helped me adjust to this new community and feel like a part of this church family. It also helped me meet new people and make new friends.”
Hundreds of WWU students have been involved in LeadOut Ministries since it was launched by Troy Fitzgerald to provide inspirational and educational resources for churches, schools and communities.
“I never thought people would thank me personally for running a camera,” says Ryan Ligman, freshman biochemistry major, “but it’s great when you get feedback from people saying how much they appreciate the work you do.”
“It’s a win-win,” says Kris Loewen about Walla Walla University student involvement with High Five. Loewen, University Church pastor for children and family ministries, oversees a small army of college students who each volunteer three to five hours a week with High Five, a midweek and Sabbath gathering of junior high students.