Drums, guitar and keyboard music filled the air in the Taggart Student Center as a group of Utah State University students led their peers in singing songs about Jesus Christ on Monday evening.
“We’re really trying to display how we worship Jesus,” said Erin McConnaha, a USU InterVarsity campus staff minister.
The interfaith worship evening was hosted by the Utah State chapter of InterVarsity, a national campus ministry organization, and the Logan Latter-day Saint Student Association, or LDSSA.
“We put worshiping God as a high priority,” said Wayne Heaton, the InterVarsity worship leader who helped organize the event. “It was a great opportunity to do that.”
The program featured both worship music and individual testimonies of Jesus Christ.
“It was really fun looking around,” said McKenna Heller, an LDSSA council member who helped promote the event. “I don’t know everybody from LDSSA, and I don’t know everybody from InterVarsity, so I couldn’t even tell who was who from which groups, and that is the point — to just really unite in worship.”
Utah State sophomore Martha Kaymon said musical worship nights are close to her heart.
“This is just a little bit of home, being able to have the worship and being surrounded by other believers,” Kaymon said.
Beyond the music, Kaymon said she also enjoyed the testimonies shared by some of the students.
“It’s really cool to see everybody’s different perspective and testimonies within their own faith,” Kaymon said.
McConnaha said events like this are part of InterVarsity’s effort to provide opportunities for students to explore faith on campus.
“We want to see people challenge themselves and who they think Jesus is,” McConnaha said. “We also want to help show that if people are wondering about how to explore Jesus, that there are safe places on campus to do that without feeling like they are judged.”
Kaymon said when she was deciding where to attend college, ensuring she had a faith community was important to her. When she found InterVarsity, she knew she could have that at USU.
Kaymon also said interfaith activities like the worship night are important because they foster unity.
“If you look at all the different faiths, there are just so many different sects, and if you look at the core foundations of each one of them, it’s really a belief in Jesus,” Kaymon said.
Heller said division is never a good thing, and she thinks events like these help promote understanding on campus.
“Unifying and creating bridges of friendship is really important for strong communities and making sure that everybody on campus feels supported and like they belong,” Heller said.