Celebrate attracts 1,500 students from around the country and the globe. This every 4-year event brings together young adults to think, pray, worship, play and learn. The theme of Celebrate is "Weave Us Together," illustrating the need to weave together college and university students from all walks of life to be woven together into one community, as the First people of the Southwest wove thier blankets to shelter and protect their people. Celebrate will act as a shelter for the diverse members of the people of God.
Celebrate is sponsored jointly by the Council for Ecumenical Student Christian Ministries (CESCM) which encompasses the Disciples of Christ Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church and the Disciples of Christ Episcopal Church, and by the National Catholic Student Coalition.
Celebrates in the past have been held all over the United States and have include several noteworthy speakers. At the first Celebrate event held in Louisville, Kentucky over 2,000 participants joined to experience the theme "Celebrate! Many Gifts, One Spirit." Celebrate II, "Gathering at the Crossroads" was held in St. Louis, Missouri and Celebrate III, "Back to Faith," was held in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Past keynote speakers have included United Methodist Bishop Leontine Kelly, Anglican Bishop, Desmond Tutu and Roman Catholic laywoman Edwina Gately.
This event is offered to all college and university students. For more information, visit the cescm website at www.cescm.org
By Pauline J.