by Faith Hoyt

An Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) chapter of Public Campus Ministries collaborated on a project in late October that showed support and gave voice to survivors of sexual assault.

UC Berkeley’s ACF chapter, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Path To Care Assault Crises Center, launched The Solidarity Project on their campus on October 22. The project created spaces for student survivors to write their stories on a wall—giving voice to their experience as a step forward in recovery. Assisting ACF and Path To Care in the project was the LIFE Adventist Church in Berkeley and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, who sponsored this event in a demonstration of love, care, and solidarity with survivors during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Volunteering with ACF and Path to Care were seminary students from Andrews University, who spent the week providing a “ministry of presence” as they engaged with students about the topic of domestic violence.

“Every year, seminary students join us in reaching out to students on this campus,” said Ron Pickell, volunteer ministry coordinator for Public Campus Ministries in the Pacific Union Conference. Each autumn, Pickell leads a team of ACF members and seminary students in connecting with those on the UC Berkeley campus who have questions about God, faith, religion, and a variety of other topics.

“This year, we had many great conversations with the students who wrote on The Solidarity Project wall,” Pickell said. “We also had a spoken word platform, Thursday, on the Sproul Plaza, where students came and shared their messages with the campus.”

The Solidarity Project provided Berkeley’s ACF chapter and visiting seminary students with a thoughtful way to speak to important issues and encourage peers.

Photo Caption: ACF members and seminary students from Andrews University gather at The Solidarity Project information table set up on the campus of UC Berkeley in late October.

Top of page: ACF members and seminary students from Andrews University gather at The Solidarity Project information table set up on the campus of UC Berkeley in late October.

 

The Solidarity Project team stands in front of the wall set up for student survivors of sexual assault to write their stories.

Photos by Ron Pickell