President McKinney invites the community to take part in election week events on campus

November 4, 2008

The historic nature of this year’s election has brought new energy and higher stakes than we’ve seen in our country in many years. News of a plan by neo-Nazis to assassinate presidential candidate Barack Obama is a painful reminder of the challenges that we continue to face in this country. The stakes are high at both the federal and state levels. Here in California, for example, we will be voting on Proposition 8, an historic ballot initiative that will determine the right of same-gender loving couples to marry.

Irrespective of the outcomes, the election is likely to have significant impact on members of the PSR community. Thinking about ways PSR might provide opportunities for all of us to pray, react, worship and interact with others as we process the events of the days and weeks to come, PSR offices and campus groups have organized the following events and activities. I invite you to take part.

-- Bill McKinney

Election week events at PSR

Monday, Nov. 3
: Students at PSR and CDSP have organized a 24-hour vigil where people pledge to be in prayer for a peaceful outcome of the elections.

Tuesday, Nov. 4: PSR’s weekly chapel service, at 11:10 am in PSR's Chapel of the Great Commission, will offer the community a time of prayer for our country. Resident students will leave in groups throughout the day to walk to local polling stations. An election watch gathering in the dining hall will start at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, Nov. 5: The Office of Community Life will host its weekly meeting in the Bade Museum from 10-11:30 am so that others may join in for prayers and conversation. At 1 pm, there will be a special half-hour service in the Chapel of the Great Commission. Outside on the quad there will be opportunities to express your reactions in writing (weather permitting); or express yourself online at Betty’s Bench at

Thursday, Nov. 6: Community Life hosts its monthly First Thursday gathering in the lobby of the Holbrook Hall, starting at 4:30 pm. At 6 pm in the Badè Museum, PSR hosts an evening with Dr. Shakti Butler, executive director of World Trust and organizer of Heart-to-Heart Conversations, a national program of public dialogue that speaks to critical social issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.