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Beauty in all Things

11 Feb

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Miroslav Volf is a well known theologian who currently works as a professor at Yale Divinity School.  A great portion of his work focuses on  issues of division in our current world — between ethnic groups, denominations and faiths as well as between the realms of spiritual and secular.  He was recently featured on The work of the People, an online ecumenical platform that produces and publishes multimedia.  Within this feature Volf is asked a series of questions, one in which focuses on the topic of beauty. The producers start the conversation off in an atypical question but Volf’s response is engaging and thoughtful, both of which lead me to great conversation with friends.

If interested and have 5 minutes to spare, you can watch the video here.

 

The New 17th ave House Presidents

11 Sep

Michael Stead

Michael Stead

Hometown: Sammamish,WA

Major: Mechanical Engineering

What excites you most about being House President: I absolutely love each and every guy in the house. I am so amped to help provide opportunities for these guys to grow and mature into solid men of God and watch the development  that is bound to happen. Going into my fourth year in the house, I have been blessed by the intergenerational community of believers around me that have poured into my life and modeled for me how to lead. I now hope that  I can depict the best of these attributes to the the guys and girls around me and illustrate how much I care about them and their lives going forward. Ryker and I’s goal for the house is to have the guys be continuously engaged and active in the community around them and remind them that their life is not “all about them”. I also strive to empower guys to pursue their passions and make the house an avenue for these goals. Lastly, I am excited to be stretched and learn from this awesome opportunity and strengthen my love for the lord and for the people around me.

Leadership in one word: Selflessness

Favorite Book: Ender’s Game

Celebrity Crush: missy peregrym

Ryker Young

Ryker Young

Hometown:  Woodway, WA

Major: Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Information Systems

What excites you most about being House President: I am excited to be House President with Michael because we get to lead and encourage our brothers in Christ. We have a unique opportunity to integrate 28 new guys into the community while maintaining the traditions of brotherhood and discipleship set before us. I am proud to call myself an Ave Guy and am looking forward to the year ahead. 

Leadership in one word: Enabling others

Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie

Celebrity Crush: Kristi B. 

 

The New North House President

11 Sep

Taylor Naber

Tayler Naber

Hometown: I lived outside of Spokane, Washington for the seven years leading up to college, but it has become less of my hometown since my family moved back to this side of the state last summer. 

Major: : Biology and Public Health 

What excites you most about being House President: I have received so much from this community–as a freshman, moving in and not really knowing where I belonged it was the best place I could be. And now, I am excited about giving back, contributing with my ideas and of how I think the community would best serve its purpose.

Leadership in one word: Service

Favorite Book: I like all books; Wild by Cheryl Strayed,The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Celebrity Crush: David Beckham

 

The New South House President

11 Sep

Rachel Forrey

Rachel Forrey

Hometown: Burien, WA

Major: Communications and Minor in Nutrition

What excites you most about being House President:  I am so blessed and excited to be a Women’s House President for next year! The last two years in Vision 16 have been the best few years of my life so far. I have made some of the strongest friendships, while also growing in my relationship with the Lord. As president of the South House, I am excited to lead a house centered on loving others through Jesus. I cannot wait to lead a house of women that are excited about their faith and want to pour into this community. Living in Vision 16 is such a great opportunity to grow, while also having a solid foundation to come home to. This next year is going to be full of good times and laughter and I cannot wait! 

Leadership in one word: Dependable

Favorite Book: Love Does By Bob Goff

Celebrity Crush: Channing Tatum

 

The New Trio President

11 Sep

Lexie Grindstaff

Lexie Grindstaff

Hometown: I grew up in Longview, WA, located 2 1/2 hours south of Seattle. 

Major: I am majoring in Business Administration with a focus on marketing.

What excites you most about being House President:  This upcoming school year, half of the Tree House is going to be made up of new faces! I am most excited to see how God is going to bring girls together and mold our house this year. There is so much potential for the Vision 16 community, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us all! With my president position I plan to use my gifts and give back to this community that has blessed me so greatly!

Leadership in one word: Commitment

Favorite Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Celebrity Crush: A year ago, everyone knew my celebrity crush was Justin Bieber. As time has passed and I’ve matured, I think most people would be glad to know I’m now crushin’ on Tim Tebow.

 

In Their Words: Josh Allison

9 Aug

Welcome to part one of what will be a regular feature of the Vision 16 blog: “In Their Own Words.”  This series will be a way to hear from students rather than simply about them.  We’d be missing out to not hear from these bright, passionate, forward thinking young men and women; they aren’t simply the leaders of tomorrow, they are starting today.  They are leading by the way they shape culture, the way they spend their time and money, and the way they prioritize their lives.

Leading off is the recently married Josh Allison.  Josh lived in the Ave House for the past two years, is a passionate entrepreneur, lover of Jesus, and just Saturday exchanged 50 stinky, messy roommates for one much better looking and acting girl: Joanna.  Josh offers the following reflection and admonishment about the Malibu Leadership Weekend he attended last September:

The Malibu Leadership Weekend was one of the best experiences of my season in college so far.  A unique geographical setting makes for a refreshing change, and getting away from lots of technology and noise creates prime conditions for slowing down and spending quality time with new and old friends.  And let’s not forget the people you meet during this weekend – they’re world class leaders who love Jesus and desire to build friendships with rising leaders from younger generations.  Case in point, this is where Luke French and I first met governor David Beasley; several months later, we were spending our spring break riding ATVs on his farm, and sharing conversations with him and the former communist Prime Minister of Ethiopia.  In summary, go to it.

Thanks Josh.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Malibu Leadership Weekend taking place this upcoming Labor Day weekend, visit Washington Student Leadership’s website. It is a great weekend for people of all ages.  The goal is intergenerational leadership and relationship in the name of Jesus.  Don’t miss it!