This Year’s Washington Adventist University MLK Prayer Breakfast Focused on “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times”

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Washington Adventist University held its annual MLK Prayer Breakfast today, honoring the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Adrienne Matthews, Interim Vice President of Student Life, organized this year’s prayer breakfast.

For this university, which is proud to be considered a gateway to service, it is especially important to reflect on the accomplishments of a man who lived a life of service to others and changed the world for the better through peaceful means."

Washington Adventist University (WAU) this morning held its annual prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D. The topic was “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times,” and the event was attended by WAU faculty, staff and students on a day when the university is closed for the national holiday in honor of King.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Patrick Williams, Ph.D., associate provost and dean of WAU’s School of Arts and Social Sciences. The keynote speaker for the morning prayer breakfast was Charles A. Tapp, senior pastor at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, who addressed the theme of “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times.”

"For this university, which is proud to be considered a gateway to service, it is especially important to reflect on the accomplishments of a man who lived a life of service to others and changed the world for the better through peaceful means," said Adrienne Matthews, Interim Vice President of Student Life, who organized this year’s prayer breakfast.

The event also featured Rev. Rawle King of the Congressional Research Service delivering “Reflections on the Past” and Timothy Nelson, director of the WAU Men’s Residence Life, leading a “Test Your Knowledge Of...” feature. In addition, Evenn Gill, RN, 50+ Association, Metropolitan Seventh-Day Adventist Church, addressed “A Litany of Faith.” Also included in the event were prayers for peace, justice and faith -- delivered by WAU faculty -- and musical selections performed by Jeffery Wilson, a sophomore biology major, and Wendell Phipps, a senior computer science major.

Adjunct Professor of African American History Derrick Green provided reflections and delivered the benediction for the event, which was held on campus in the Wilkinson Hall Dining Room, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu

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