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2021: What's the Vision? | Briercrest Connections - Issue #9

Briercrest Connections
Welcome to the January edition of Briercrest Connections! We were thrilled to welcome our students back to campus two weeks ago and we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us this semester.
In this issue:
  • President Pawelke gives a State of the Academy address
  • Our students raise thousands of dollars to help fight human trafficking
  • Alumni from across Canada collaborate on a creative project

We're all smiles heading into the Winter semester.
We're all smiles heading into the Winter semester.
This week, President Pawelke delivered his annual State of the Academy address: a look into the challenges faced by the Church and by Christian higher education in our present cultural moment and a charge to re-focus on our call to make disciples in all circumstances.
It was a call to live out Matthew 28:18–20 right now and a look at how this really does happen here at Briercrest. We think you’d like it! You can watch the stream or read the highlights at the link below.
President's State of the Academy Address 2021
“Alleluia Alleluia, for the Lord God Almighty reigns!” We’ll call it a silver lining—although we were unable to host a Briercrest Christmas this year, we were able to form a virtual choir of students, staff, and alumni and worship together by singing "Agnus Dei/O Come, Let Us Adore Him.”
In the words of Carl Hinderager: “sweet.” Don’t miss this video (and the familiar faces)!
Agnus Dei (With O Come, Let Us Adore Him)
All December long, a group of 21 students participated in Dressember to raise awareness and funds for partners like International Justice Mission that are fighting human trafficking in the world.
More than 40 million people are in human trafficking around the world. 1 in 4 of them are children. Human trafficking in forced sexual exploitation, forced labour, and forced marriage generates about $150 billion a year worldwide⁠.⁠⠀
With an initial goal of raising $1,234, they persevered in their dresses, suits, and Crocs (!) all month. To date, they have raised $5,374.19!
You can learn more by reading the interview below or visiting their fundraising page:
Briercrest Students Raise over $5,000 during 'Dressember' -
+1: Our favourite alumni Facebook comment
We shared this story on our Facebook and Instagram feeds, and one alumna was quick to add some perspective from past Briercrest eras.
Jennifer Woo: Thoughts from the "Front Lines"
What Does it Mean to Study from a Christian Perspective?
We’re looking for a leader in our Recruitment department. Join in the mission of Briercrest and come work with a team committed to excellence in service to the church.
Director of Recruitment
Here are some ways to connect with Briercrest this month:
Take an online course with the Paul E. Magnus Centre for Leadership Studies
Our mission: to serve leaders with timely resources. If your 2021 goals involve growing in the influence God has given you, consider catching the Centre’s courses in Coaching Foundations or Theology and Technology.
Side note: If you are planning on taking a class and would be purchasing textbooks from Amazon, use this link to checkout. A  very small commission gets passed back to Briercrest when you use it and we are grateful for the support.
Pro Tip: Update your Amazon bookmark on your browser and it will always catch eligible items as you shop.
Coffee and a CB with President Michael Pawelke
Ever just want to sit down with coffee and a CB and chat about old Briercrest days? Let’s do just that! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM CST for a special alumni and friends virtual connection event. More details to follow.
Fill in our Alumni Update Form
We have heard from dozens of alumni around the world and we love hearing your stories. Do you want to keep up with your fellow Briercrest Alumni? Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram for a regular Thursday #AlumniOfBriercrest Spotlight.
Have a story about what God has been doing in your ministry, life, or hometown? We want to hear about it! Use the form below to update us. A few times a month, we feature alumni stories and updates on our social media feeds and some become blog features, and we may just tell yours!
We also want to compile your updates and start including them in our newsletters so that your fellow alumni can catch up with their old classmates. If there is sensitive information in your update, please let us know what we can and cannot include.
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