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'Berea's Own' Sing Their Story

Several Berea alumni and staff reunited Sunday, September 12 for a spectacular performance of African-American gospel tradition.

Performers singing traditional hymns.

"Berea's Own: Singing Their Story," a Campus Christian Center (CCC) event, brought together five former Berea graduates for its annual convocation to accent the Christian faith. Jeff Poole, CCC director, confirmed the annual convocationís purpose is to "help students become acquainted with the spiritual resources in the area." As part of the event, more than fifteen churches organized booths fully equipped with snacks, drinks, and pamphlets promoting their organizations. A brief introduction of participating churches preceded the event, in which many local pastors stated the purpose and mission of their church and services offered to the students and community.

The Black Music Ensemble director, Kathy Bullock led a stellar cast composed of husband and BME member, Keith Bullock, former alumnus and collegium member Jonathan Johnson, and alumni Mary Trumbo, Kimberly Wilson and Joel Wilson. The group, complete with piano and drum accompaniment, wove a series of nostalgic spirituals ranging from the melancholy to the inspiring. Particularly noteworthy performances included Bullock's rendition of the classic hymn "His Eye is on the Sparrow" and Kimberly Wilsonís animating performance of "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me".

A strong student representation crowded the floor and moved to the inspirational music. "It was great," says Amy Winn, who organized the event. "I think it's the best one we've ever had."

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