The Grace Experience is a campus wide interactive worship event that started eight years ago. Over the course of a week students are able to come and go as they please through the event to see how God’s grace is extended to everyone. The event took place Feb. 18 to 22 in Myers Lounge.
“No description I give you is going to encapsulate the whole thing, but there are exhibits, stories, images, videos and music that describe and reflect God’s grace in our world today,” Whittier and Fox resident director Alison Walls said.
Photos of students and celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Brittney Spears are used to show that God’s grace is extended to everyone, not just Christians.
It is a prayer and reflection tool.
“[It’s meant] for us to really imagine what God’s grace looks like in our world today—what it feels like in everyday life,” Walls said.
The event is set up to have an atmosphere of reflection and prayer. There are minimal distractions so people who are focused can stay in their thought filled state.
“It’s actually convicting, I’ve been struggling with it [God’s grace] lately… I have not thought about how much I do not deserve it, like I am entitled to it, but I am not,” Grace Waickman, freshman undecided major, said.
The RAs of Fox and Whittier spent two hours setting up the event. They put up posters, pictures and set up artwork. They made sure they set the appropriate atmosphere for a successful experience for visitors. Tori Sigworth, junior early childhood education and intervention specialist major, is a resident assistant of Whittier who helped set up.
“Grace is such a big word it is hard to define it, and the Grace Experience gives more definition to and opens eyes to how big God’s grace is,” said Sigsworth.