Christian Unity Week, a series of events hosted by Campus Ministry and the Department of Theology, works to help students and staff embark on a communal journey to come together in the Body of Christ through conversation and prayer. “About 2.1 billion people claim the name Christian, but these followers of Christ are divided into a wide variety of denominations,” Karen Kirner, associate director of the Folk and Celebration Choirs, said. “Different ways we can work towards unity include prayer, common work, witness and open dialogue.” Events for the week begin tonight with an Ecumenical Lecture concerning Eastern Catholics and their relationship with the Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. A talk sponsored by Four:7 Catholic Fellowship about unification of all Christians through the Body of Christ will take place Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Cavanaugh Hall Chapel. History professors Mark Noll and Brad Gregory will lecture on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. Though there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday in the Keenan-Stanford Chapel, the pinnacle of the week will be the Christian Unity Prayer Service Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Kirner said. Kirner has helped organize several choirs for the Prayer Service. Five choirs from across campus will be leading the music, including the Celebration Choir, Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, Totus Tuus Band of Four: 7 Catholic Fellowship, musicians from Iron Sharpens Iron Interdenominational Fellowship and Coro Primavera. “Each group will be highlighted individually, and we’ll also sing several joint pieces together,” she said. It’s important that members of the Notre Dame community share in all the similarities of Christian faith, have a chance to dialogue about differences with others and appreciate the nuances that each has to offer, Kirner said. An easy way to participate is to attend the Thursday night prayer service in the Basilica, she said. The organizers of Christian Unity Week hope, that with the time spent examining beliefs, all Christians can unite as one people. “We want students to realize that Christian Unity is something worth celebrating and working toward, even though we probably won’t see it brought completely to fruition in our lifetimes,” Kirner said. “We want students to appreciate the validity of a wide variety of Christian expression, to be inspired by fellow students of different Christian expressions, to learn from each other, and primarily to realize that we are all one in Christ.”
Press Association The on-loan Barcelona forward scored the opening goal of the 4-0 win on his first Barclays Premier League start and was a threat throughout the game. Further goals were added from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku but there was only one person to talk about after the game. Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he used Gerard Deulofeu’s Merseyside derby frustration to fire the young Catalan’s outstanding performance against Stoke. “Gerard Deulofeu made a big impact and allowed the performance to create a scoreline which suggests it was easier than it probably was,” said Martinez. “I think he was really disappointed with last week. From my point of view I told him I thought he was outstanding against Liverpool (a memorable 3-3 draw) but he had two good chances and he felt he should have taken them. “During the week he was left with a negative feeling that he didn’t deserve, that is why I felt it was right for him to start and flush that feeling away and he was desperate to do that. “I thought his first goal was sensational, I thought it was the moment of the game. “The way he works for the team, the way he understands his role in the team has been very impressive. “I am really pleased with the overall performance, that he was able to play 90 minutes and create so many chances and scoring the first goal was a pivotal moment. “He is one of the most talented footballers in Spanish football, he is quite a unique talent, and the moment he made his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu aged 16 is when he caught my attention. “There was a long list trying to take Gerard on loan and the fact he wanted to come to Everton was a fantastic feeling, and you can see why we worked so hard to attract him to the club.” The youngster tormented Stoke in the first half and Potters boss Mark Hughes, who gave a league debut to Deulofeu’s former Barcelona B team-mate Marc Muniesa, admitted he was one of those who had tried to sign him in the summer. “We were aware of him, we knew he was a talent and he is obviously a talent,” said Hughes. “We made an enquiry ourselves but unfortunately he came here and not to Stoke. “He is a very talented boy and I am sure it will only be a loan deal, I am sure Barcelona will keep hold of that asset.” Hughes was less complimentary about his own side, however. “We were poor on the day but credit to Everton, I thought they were very good and made it difficult for us,” he added. “The disappointing thing for us was up to 45 seconds prior to the half-time whistle we were very much in the game at 0-0. “To concede right on the whistle, which is a key time in any game, is disappointing and lo and behold in the second half we came out and conceded early. “That really shaped the game in a negative way. We tried to get back into the game but that just compounded our problems as we were a little bit over-exposed because we were trying to get back into the game. “Four-nil was a little bit harsh on us. If we’d got to half-time at 0-0 I don’t think the result would have been different but it might not have been as harsh.” Another of Everton’s on-loan players Lukaku scored his eighth league goal of the season, but Martinez brushed aside criticism from Jose Mourinho at parent club Chelsea over the player’s intentions for wanting to leave Stamford Bridge. “The parent club are entitled to say what they like about the relationship with the player as he is their player,” added the Spaniard. “What is important is Chelsea wanted Romelu to get some playing time and allow him to develop and that is happening. “The relationship is working extremely well, the player is scoring goals and working hard and is a true ambassador for Chelsea.” Lukaku reportedly said he would be prepared to stay at Goodison Park permanently if they qualified for the Champions League. “I think that puts pressure on himself, that means he needs to score between 25 and 30 goals so it is fantastic he thinks that way,” said Martinez.
By Joe ChapmanIT’S being termed ‘Basketball Meets Fashion-Reload,’ and the Linden Amateur Basketball Association hopes that the weather which badly affected the first initiative would hold for this second iteration.Such is the case that the National Club Champions Bounty Colts are set to face their arch rivals Victory Valley Royals who the narrowly beat 85-83 in the National Club championship final in December, journeying to the Mining Town to clash I the main event tonight(Saturday) at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.Colts should be led by their captain Dave Causway and include such players like Stanton Rose, Shane Webster and Shelroy Thomas, while the Royals are banking on Chris Williams, Orlando Glasgow, Harold Adams and Yannick Tappin to see them past their rivals this time around.The event conceptualized by the LABA President, Lawrence Simon will bounce off the 2018 basketball season with a bang as there will be an east versus west Under 20 basketball supporting game on the night where fashion designers Ms. Setra Oselmo and Ms. Crystal Lam will be featuring their various pieces throughout the night.The fashions will includes cheer leaders outfit for the basketball teams in Linden and also several sports persons who would have excelled in sports last year will be honoured.At the same time a number of individuals who have contributed to sports over the years will also be awarded for their efforts. Ansa McAl Trading through its Magnum Brand is the major sponsor of tonight’s proceedings and while that tonic drink will be the main drink for the night there will be other products on sale along with several giveaways for some patrons in the stands.A special 3 on 3 girls’ event will also be part of a night where the stars will be out.The Under-20 game will bounce off the night’s proceedings from 19.00hrs and the big game is set for 21.00hrs on what should be a very relaxing but entertaining night with the stars.