Students speculate how to bring back SEW spirit

Mr. Wiese gathers a group of seniors together on the last day of SEW and prays for their senior year and God's provision over their life.
Mr. Wiese gathers a group of seniors together on the last day of SEW and prays for their senior year and God’s provision over their life.

Janice Kim, News Writer

Students noted that Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) promotes spiritual growth and passion, but also pointed out it only has short-term effects and considered various reasons for the decline in spiritual development after SEW.

“One purpose for the SEW is to provide a framework of where we are going in student life and chapel for the year,” explained Mr. Lozano, the Student Life minister. He added, “another purpose is to begin letting those in our school community relate to one another in a more uplifting and spiritual way.”

However, many students expressed their concerns that SEW does not leave a lasting impact on them. Junior Hoy Lee mentioned that SEW “is this big shebang but then, it’s over.”

Students raised their voices and suggested ways to prevent the impact of SEW from dimming down.

Terry Park, a senior, proposed “a one-day SEW on the last day of school before summer break” so that students can be reminded of impacted to lead a more God-centered and focused life  before leaving for the summer. Freshman Stephen Kil also agreed that a short SEW at the end of the year would be a good reminder.

Junior Jacob Son noted that regathering with his group once more after SEW helped him to remember what he had learned and experienced through SEW. He was able to realize how grateful he is to God.

Regardless, some students also felt as if the school were not providing enough opportunities for their spiritual growth. They believed that this also prevents the impact of SEW from continuing to grow among them.

“Bible class is a bit repetitive and not very challenging,” remarked Stephen Kil. Senior Janice Lee also wished to have several Bible courses that cover concepts in depth rather than  a single mandatory Bible class.

Mr. Lozano acknowledged their opinions and is currently working with the Bible department to provide more Bible courses and alter the curriculum to be based on knowledge and experiences of students instead of grade levels.

Students also wished for more volunteering activities to be available. “In between big events like SEW, VASE trips, and retreat, it would be nice to have little service activities to reinforce your faith and encourage the community,” suggested Hoy Lee.

Proud to hear that students are seeking more volunteering activities, Mr. Lozano recommended that students join the Outreach club, which is directed by Mr. James Kim.

Mr. Lozano emphasized that more importantly, “students should take some ownership of their faith,” irrespective of what the school offers.

Chris Kim, a Frontline member, believed that some students aren’t willing to participate regardless of its [Frontline] efforts.

The absence of Mr. Lozano  from October to December could have affected the students’ spirits and the flow of chapel.  However, some students viewed this as an opportunity to adjust and take ownership of their own beliefs.

“It doesn’t matter who speaks in front of us. I think what really matters is…do we truly believe God, and do we have the heart to listen to and believe in what the person has to say?” Jacob reflected.

“Although there may be some shortcomings in the campus, students should endeavor for their own faith and commitment to God as the school is also working hard to give students the best Christian environment,” concluded Mr. Lozano.