For this week’s blog, Dr. Cuffey reflects on Easter as well as discusses our upcoming event, ANTIOCH:

“Happy Easter! I love the all-or-nothing nature of Easter. It is the vindication of all Jesus claimed about himself. Apart from the truth of resurrection, believers would be of all people “most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19) We rest our hope in the reality of a dead man returned to life . . .
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)

And then following Easter, we come to another very special time, also to witness to what God is doing. It’s here! Urbana Seminary’s Founders Day is this Saturday, April 11th. To mark the day, you’re each invited to the second annual ANTIOCH celebration!

ANTIOCH: The Founders Celebration of Our Graduates, Class of 2015

At 7 PM, at the Sodo Theater in downtown Champaign (111 S. Walnut Street), Urbana Seminary will host a dessert event to celebrate our grads, our current students, and to convey vision for what God can do through Seminary education.

We’re so excited for the evening! What better way for people to see what we are as a Seminary than to showcase what happens in a Seminary education, and what the graduates do with their training after they have the degree in hand? We believe that this will be a great and natural way to communicate vision and passion for what God has called us to do.”

By the way, why the name? Look at what happened in the early church at Antioch:
1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:1-3
Antioch was a strategic place for the church, both to grow, to include Gentiles in the church, and to launch Paul on his missionary journeys.

Remember that you are invited. We’d love to have you come, but it would be so helpful for you to RSVP so we can finalize set up and arrangements.