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Together Again

Together Again

Week of Worship Winter 2021

Naomi Boonstra

The theme of Week of Worship 2021 was “Together Again.” Zack Hoffer, ASWWU spiritual vice president and coordinator of Week of Worship, says that this theme arose from a discussion with Dean Iwasa. The idea was to bring the concept of love down to its roots—knowing the originator of love in order to understand love more clearly. [1] 

Week of Worship Winter 2021 cover graphic. Photo from Zach Hoffer

The programs were in preparation for a few months before they ever hit YouTube livestream. Hoffer says, “It started last quarter, probably week six. It kind of came together like last week, so it’s been a process.” When it came to choosing speakers, Hoffer says, “We sat down and discussed some names and prayed about it. We just started narrowing it down from a huge list of people who we wanted to hear from and who we thought students would want to hear from.” God showed Himself working through the process of putting together Week of Worship, as well. Hoffer says, “I think that the biggest thing I’ve learned is that we’re capable of only so much, but God’s capable of anything. I didn’t think this week would go as smooth as it has.” [2] 

One of the speakers was Natasha Mwansa, a sophomore elementary education major. Mwansa followed the theme of “Together Again” and taking love to its origin by discussing the way God still loves us despite our imperfections. Mwansa expressed that it was nerve-wracking to be the first speaker because she was setting the tone for the week, but she says, “I want to see change, and sometimes I am that change. My saying is ‘vulnerability leads to freedom.’ If I’m vulnerable, it puts other people in a position to be vulnerable, and maybe they will be free from whatever’s holding them back.” [3] 

Ultimately, the aim of Week of Worship is to help bring students into togetherness with God. Even beyond the week, Hoffer wants students to know that he and his team are available to support their spiritual lives. “If you, for instance, came to the spiritual team and said, ‘Hey, I think that this devotional book is going to benefit my relationship with Jesus,’ then say less. We’ll make it happen, we’ll get that for you, and we’ll help you through it,” he says. “We want to help students as individuals pursue Jesus and understand where to start and understand that they’re encouraged by other students.” [4] 

ASWWU provides not only resources for personal growth, but opportunities for leadership. There are always ways to get involved with the campus’s spiritual life, and those who have done it would encourage others to get involved, too. Mwansa says, “If you feel called to speak, and it’s on your heart to share something like your testimony, you should do it. You never know what your testimony would do for others. Your struggle might help someone else in their struggle or help them not to go through that struggle.” [5] 

[1] Teams interview with Zack Hoffer, 1/14/21. 

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[2] Ibid. 

[3] Teams interview with Natasha Mwansa, 1/12/21. 

[4] Teams interview with Zack Hoffer, 1/14/21. 

[5] Teams interview with Natasha Mwansa, 1/12/21. 

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