“Christ Our Firm Foundation” is the 2024-25 theme for CUAA, emphasizing Jesus as our unshakable rock and source of peace and confidence amidst life’s uncertainties, inspired by 1 Samuel 2:2.

One of the pleasures I have as the Campus Pastor of CUAA is gathering together a team of students to develop our theme for the coming academic year. Our “Theme Team” spends time in prayer asking the Spirit to lead us, pouring through the Scriptures, and sharing our thoughts on what would bless our students, faculty, and staff in the coming year. This process takes about two weeks and I am always amazed at how God uses this process to bless us in the coming year with a meaningful theme!

This year, our Theme Team was composed of students David Smalls, Brook Cox, Grace Dodgson, Jorja Vartoogian, Elliot Ashley, and myself. Our prayers and thoughts quickly centered on the desire to bring peace and confidence to our campus amid uncertainty.  The Team kept returning to a singular focus on Jesus. Our stability rests in our Savior! Our confidence is in Christ!  After much prayer and deliberation, we found our theme. Our theme for 2024-2025 is “Christ our Firm Foundation” and it is based on 1 Sam. 2:2: “There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.”

When life seems shaky, Jesus remains unshakable. When uncertainty surrounds us, He remains certain. As we build our lives on Christ and His Word, trusting in His promises, we can withstand any of the storms that come our way.  As always, we don’t know what the future holds, but we know and trust the One who holds the future—and us!  Christ is our firm foundation, the Rock on which we stand.  I look forward to unpacking this theme and verse, along with the other verses in Hannah’s Prayer (1 Sam. 2:1-10), this coming year!

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—This is written by Rev. Dr. Randy Duncan. He is CUAA’s campus pastor.