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ACU to reaffirm spiritual commitment at Centennial Covenant Service

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August 15, 2005

Abilene Christian University will remember its spiritual heritage and recommit its future at the Centennial covenant service, "Renewing the Promise: A Time of Covenant and Blessing," Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

The service will include reflections on ACU's spiritual history, prayer, scripture reading, songs, a time of blessing and a time of re-commitment.

"It seems appropriate as we begin our Centennial year, and look to our next 100 years, that we reflect on God's presence from the very beginning of ACU's founding, and recommit ourselves in covenant with God and each other," said Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and co-chair of the Centennial Spiritual Reaffirmation Task Force.

ACU faculty, staff, and students, as well as the Abilene community, are all invited to attend the service, which will be one of the first events in ACU's Centennial year.

"This Centennial is not merely about celebrations but about commitments," said Dr. Jack Reese, dean of the College of Biblical Studies and co-chair of the Centennial Spiritual Reaffirmation Task Force. "We are committed to excellence as a university, to be sure. But we have a prior commitment, to be the people of God. Our covenant service is an opportunity to declare our primary allegiance."

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education with 4,700 students from around the world, was founded Sept. 11, 1906. The university is celebrating its Centennial year from Aug. 22, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006 with the theme "Called to Faith and Excellence."

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