By Jared Fields, Editor in Chief
Last week I saw a friend for the first time in almost a month.
We joked around, told some stories, discussed the weather (it was warm) and then we ment ione d how rarely we see each other.
I told him I would come visit sometime soon.
He said OK, and we walked away.
I started planning a day to visit while walking to my car in the old Big Purple parking lot.
I ruled out Monday because it is the first day of the week, and I always look forward to catching up with friends in my section.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are both out. There’s no personal reason; Moody simply doesn’t host big Chapel those days.
The only options left are Wednesday and Friday.
I would choose Wednesday to visit, that is, if class or departmental Chapel didn’t take place.
However, if I stray then, it means I’ll go from Monday to Friday without seeing my regular Chapel friends.
Come to think of it, I should relive old times and find my roommate for a Chapel.
But when will I do that?
Despite Wayne Barnard’s best intentions and efforts, many are left displeased with the current Chapel situation.
News just in: the sky is blue on clear days.
The new Chapel changes excited me, and I supported the changes whenever the topic presented itself.
But now, while I still like the Campus Conversations and changes put in place, I miss the community and comfort of Chapel in Moody.
I understand why changes were made and the process behind it all and still support it. But like government taxes, a solution will not soon please everyone involved.
Students complained when Moody hosted Chapel everyday. Now, there are complaints and Facebook groups wanting old Chapel to return.
Students gripe about how confused they are by the changes and different things to keep up with, but Barnard cannot e-mail students about Chapel. The best way to find Chapel news is on myACU under the “Spiritual” tab.
Like a fast-food menu, students want every option when it comes to spirituality. Unfortunately, the Chapel office can’t as easily offer those options the same as McDonald’s.
I miss the community and routine of regular, Moody Chapel, but know if it returned to last year’s schedule, the campus would miss the conversations in the smaller group Chapels this semester.
Like peace in the Middle East, there may never be a win-win, everyone-goeshome- happy solution to Chapel. But the effort put in by the university to explore solutions lets students know
they are trying.
Until then, I’ll enjoy Chapel as is, wherever it is. I just may not see a few friends very often.