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Did you know that you, as a donor, have a Bill of Rights? This document was conceived by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

As we approach the close of 2016, my mind is drawn toward reflection and toward planning. What have my wife and I done over the last year that really made a difference? What can we do in the next year that will increase our impact? One way we know we make a difference is in the organizations we choose to support, including Johnson University.

On October 29, Johnson University Tennessee hosted the 3rd annual Middle-Eastern Tennessee Middle and High School Students Chinese Character Competition in Richardson Hall. This event began in 2014 and is currently sponsored by JUTN’s Confucius Classroom project. 

On September 28, nearly 500 students from Johnson University Tennessee loaded into buses or got in their cars and drove to over 30 different community organizations in order to participate in Student Government Association (SGA) Service Day.

Please join us in extending prayers and condolences to Phyllis Lutz and to the family of Ben Lutz Sr who went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2016,  after enduring a debilitating illness at home. Ben faithfully served Johnson for 34 years (1974-2007) in the roles of plant manager, business manager, and vice president for business and finance.

“God’s favor has been all over Future of Hope from the very beginning. In our first year of existence, we were able to reach our recruitment goal, as we welcomed 24 students from eight different high schools across the Knoxville community,” said Dametraus Jaggers, the director of the Future of Hope Institute.

Johnson University is pleased to announce that two concentrations in the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences have been awarded Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accreditation.

The July issue of Christian Standard includes an article featuring Urban Loft Publishers, a publishing house focusing on ideas, topics, themes, and conversations at the intersection of urban studies, theology, and missiology. Stephen Burris, Mark Krause, and Johnson University’s own Dr. Kendi Howells Douglas comprise the management team for Urban Loft Publishers, which the trio bought from its prior owners in January with the intention of expanding its offerings.

As a country, the past eight days have been filled with questions, filled with sadness, and for many, have ignited feelings of anger. What we need now more than ever is a space that brings us together to both appreciate the gift of diversity that God has given us and to reflect on the fact that, regardless of the color of our skin, we are each made in the likeness and image of God. In such times as these, people are looking for places to unite, places to find healing, and places to envision a more just future. The church – Jesus’ collective church – should provide such places.

With new faculty and staff, as well as role transitions for current faculty and staff, there are many changes happening around Johnson University. 

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