A large Christian rally is scheduled for tonight in Storke Plaza.
People from several UCSB Christian groups and community churches will gather in front of Storke Plaza at 7 p.m. for the fourth “As One” praise night, an event for Evangelical Christians to unite in prayer and worship. The event was created to bring different campus Christian groups together and break the barriers that exist between them, event co-coordinator and third-year business economics major Lincoln Lee said.
The event agenda includes singing, speeches, dramatic performances and prayers. Pastor Reed Jolley of Santa Barbara Community Church is scheduled to be a guest speaker. Second-year English and religious studies major Richard Sander and third-year political science major Eliza Kienitz are slated to lead prayers covering topics from the war in Iraq to requests for unity among Christian groups on campus.
“As One” is funded by private donations, sponsorship from campus Christian groups and T-shirt sales. Previous “As One” events have attracted crowds as large as 500 people.
Several Evangelical Christian organizations are already involved with tonight’s event, with some of the main contributions coming from groups including the Campus Crusade for Christ, Korean American Campus Missions, Korean Campus Crusade for Christ, Asian American Christian Fellowship, Gaucho Christian Fellowship, University Christian Fellowship and Alpha Gamma Omega, a Christian fraternity.
Local churches including the Community Covenant Church of Goleta, Santa Barbara Community Church, Santa Barbara Korean Presbyterian Church, Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara and Calvary Chapel of Isla Vista will also take part in tonight’s event.
“As One” was co-founded two years ago by Lee and fellow UCSB student Helen Chen, a third-year global and international studies and religious studies major. It was held at UC Los Angeles and UC San Diego before it was held at UCSB and until this year was scheduled quarterly. A committee of about 10 students from various Evangelical Christian fellowships on campus has been meeting weekly to plan the sole event scheduled this year, Lee said.
Although “As One” is a Christian event, Lee said people of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome to attend.
“People should come if their hearts give even the slightest interest in this event,” Lee said. “Whether it’s out of curiosity or not, the “As One” praise night is a time to learn about Jesus Christ and fellowship within [Christianity].”