Brown Spirit: Ignis

Ignis Poster

Welcome to the conversation about religion and spirituality at Brown! Religion is a key facet of the identity of many students on campus. Supporting a vast array of religious groups and promoting various inter-faith activities, Brown offers plenty of opportunities to both nurture your own faith and to understand the faith of others.  Come join Mitch Akutsu in his column Brown Spirit to be immersed in the soul of Brown.

Hey everyone! Congratulations again to the new class of 2018. Wow. You guys are about to enter into an adventure of a lifetime! That is, if you choose to go to Brown (jk I’m talking about whichever college you decide to attend). Feel free to e-mail me or any of the other bloggers if you have any questions! Or if you don’t have any questions, feel free just to start up a chat- I’m sure you won’t regret it, especially if you still have no idea where you’ll be matriculating at on May 1st.

Alright, for this week, I’m going to share about Ignis. Ignis was a showcase of expressions of faith through spoken word, song, and dance. Every year, the Christian Fellowships on campus join together to organize a joint worship night. This year, however, the event was geared to be a little more comfortable for those that, as Emcee Nia Campinha-Capote put it, “aren’t as into throwing their hands up in the air while singing Jesus music.” Instead people could come to listen to their Christian friends share their talents and stories. The coolest part was it wasn’t just students going up on stage- Biochem Professor Arthur Salomon also gave his testimony about how he converted to Christianity in college.

Also, I just got a new camera! I’m going to try and share what happens through pictures a little more.

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Jason Addy and Bryan Mera were doing back-flips and all sorts of acrobatics to start things off
Cia Mathew gave a testimony of faith through a spoken word performance.
Cia Mathew gave a testimony of faith through a spoken word performance

I also featured Cia in a previous post about being Christian at Brown. Check it out when you get the time!

Biochem Professor Arthur Salomon talked about how he felt faith made the pursuit of knowledge more meaningful.
Biochem Professor Arthur Salomon talked about how he felt faith made the pursuit of knowledge more meaningful.
The show ended off with the newly-revived Brown Gospel Choir
The show ended off with the newly-revived Brown Gospel Choir

Ignis means fire in Latin. And the performers here hope that the songs they sang and the words they shared will be fire to all who listened.

See you next week!

Thanks for reading!  Have any questions at all about religion, spiritual life, or Brown in general? Feel free to shoot me an email at Takamichi_Akutsu@brown.edu with any of your questions or comments!

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