This exciting week was kicked off by a Chapel service highlighting the very Moravian ideal of compassion. As a local beacon embodying this moral imperative, Brandy Garofalo, co-director of New Bethany Ministries, spoke of the work her organization does for Bethlehem’s homeless and the ongoing partnership New Bethany has with MA. Last week, seniors in Dr. Moore’s ”Home” class spent time stocking shelves and preparing meals.
During Chapel seniors, Taylor Hesse and Clayton Sanborn, shared their reflections on the experience serving the homeless. The field trip had clearly been a formative one. And bravo to Dr. Moore for making this an experiential, academic, and intellectual pursuit. With the student reflections, faculty reflections, and scripture readings from various faith traditions, it was a powerful Chapel for me and a palpable reminder that these high ideals – compassion, empathy, altruism, charity – transcend ideology. They are good and, thus, belong to everyone.