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GCU Affiliate Organization to Receive Gift of Massachusetts Campus

September 21, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

The Northfield property was founded in 1879 by evangelist D.L. Moody as a seminary but has been unoccupied since 2005. It was purchased three years ago by the owners of the Hobby Lobby retail chain, who have since spent millions of dollars in renovations.

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Chapel Speaker Says Doubt Helps Grow Community

September 14, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

Jeremy Jernigan, executive pastor of creative arts at Central Christian Church of the East Valley, will lead Monday’s chapel service at GCU Arena. He will focus on doubt as a tool to strengthen community, in line with GCU’s Community: One Spirit, One Purpose theme.

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Global Outreach Week Focuses on Foundational Passion for Christ

September 12, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The goal of GCU’s global outreach, according to Jacob Page, is to make a lifetime impact for the Gospel in a world where an estimated 2.7 billion people remain unreached by Christianity.

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Year’s Community Theme to Focus on Inclusion of Commuter Students

August 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Helping to set the community tone will be weekly Chapel in GCU Arena, which could draw as many as 2,000 students on Mondays this fall. Speakers for the semester have been given a choice of the so-called “one another” passages from the Bible.

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A Community United: ‘One Spirit, One Purpose’ Theme Resonates in West Phoenix

August 14, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau Helping refugees learn English. Making sure struggling parents have Christmas gifts for their children. Spending time with aging military veterans, reminding them they are never forgotten. Community service is part of the fabric of GCU. For years, University students and staff have partnered with west Phoenix neighborhood leaders on the streets around campus. That dedication will be amplified this fall with more students on campus than ever before, and the results could be limitless.   A theme being introduced this fall is “Community: One Spirit, One Purpose.” The idea is based on the second book of Philippians, which encourages selflessness and caring for others. Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin said the theme is meant to focus students on staying humble amid the accelerated growth of GCU’s campus — that as the University sheds its image as a quiet little Christian college, it’s perhaps even more important to give back. The larger and more successful GCU becomes, the more resources will become available for programs to help at-risk people who share west Phoenix with the University’s students.  Neighborhoods west of Interstate 17 within several miles of the campus have long fought the stigma of […]

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Getting Tough on Bullying: Dean of Theology Brings Expertise to Troubling Societal Issue

August 14, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Bob Romantic GCU News Bureau Like many people, GCU’s dean of theology, Dr. Steven Gerali, was shocked and appalled when a video of junior high students bullying a 68-year-old woman on a school bus in Greece, N.Y., surfaced on the Internet this summer. The students maliciously taunted and degraded school bus monitor Karen Klein with a stream of insults, profanities and threats. At one point, they demanded to know her address so they could steal from her and deface her property. One boy, ridiculing Klein about her weight, said that if he stabbed her with a knife, hamburgers would slide out of her stomach. And, in what may have been the most stinging remark, one of the boys said, “You don’t have a family because they all killed themselves because they didn’t want to be near you.” Klein’s son committed suicide about 10 years ago. “It was an overt display of unfiltered, unrestrained, boundary-less kids,” said Gerali, who has been sought out in radio interviews during recent months as an expert on the subject of bullying. The interviews were aired on nearly 600 stations and reached roughly 2.5 million listeners. “There is a lot we can learn from an incident […]

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Spiritual Life Director Lance Schrader to Join Air Force Chaplaincy

July 17, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Although his tenure at GCU was short, Schrader developed the Servant Scholars program into one of the University’s most promising student leadership opportunities. His new assignment could take him to any one of dozens of bases in the United States or overseas.

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GCU Partners With Lecrae on Unashamed Tour

July 16, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

GCU is partnering with one of the hottest Christian artists in the country, Lecrae, as title sponsor of the Unashamed Tour this fall.

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Waldo Fire hits close to home for GCU instructor

July 03, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

With flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado rushing down a nearby mountain and pre-evacuation plans seemingly imminent, GCU instructor Michelle Post leaned on her faith to get through a difficult week.

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Mission Trip to India Was Powerful, Humbling for GCU Students

June 25, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

Jacob Page, GCU’s director of global missions, calls the challenging three-week trip the “most impactful” one he has ever led, admitting that it took the group way outside its comfort zone.

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