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Bethel Holds Summer Commencement

8/2/2014

The Rev. Lisa Anderson

 

Bethel University held its Summer 2014 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 2 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus.

     Three hundred fifty-two students graduated.     

     The Rev. Lisa Anderson, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, delivered the Commencement address.

     Anderson shared that even though many point out that these are very challenging times, “we have the same tools as God’s people have always had.”

     “We can be optimists about the world today,” Anderson said. “The key is for us to have a simple understanding of who we are and of what God expects of us.”

     Anderson referred to the Bible verse, Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

     “We must shed light on injustice,” Anderson said. “We must love kindness and love doing it. The act of showing kindness positively impacts our health. We must also love mercy, and we must recognize that humility is a lifelong lesson – one we learn over and over.”

     Anderson ended her address by telling graduates that she would be praying that they would do good in the world.

     “Finally,” she said, “don’t take yourself too seriously. Instead, take God seriously.”