Last week, Saint Alban’s went through time travel. Martin Luther had traveled through time in order to preach to the ‘Iolani community. Being the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, our hero Martin Luther came to instill the importance of this battle for freedom into our minds. But amongst the curiosity and entertainment, a many questions arose. Who was the man himself who skipped dimensions, and what was his message?
The actor performing was none other than the History Department’s own mister John Bickel. Having performed this act before, and having family history in the Lutheran Church, Mr. Bickel felt it was key to inspire children to follow their conscience. After weeks of planning of planning with Chaplain Leatherman, they composed a gripping performance that left students wanting more. In contrast to past chapels, last week had been extremely dynamic. “I keenly remember last week’s chapel being awesome! It was something new for me personally, and I found it exciting,” said James Gatti ‘21. For students like him who enjoyed this type of chapel, Chaplain Leatherman says that their is future possibility for similar experiences. “We always try to find a nice balance between thinking and entertainment,” said Chaplain Leatherman. Being a place of worship, chapel is not meant to be boring, but rather invigorating. The faculty of ‘Iolani constantly tries to honor current events, whilst still admiring past feats of the church. With many weeks of religious coverage still ahead, who knows what chapel has in store for next time?
A collaborative effort between departments, last week’s chapel left students with a great memory. Being a new refreshing experience for some, and an exciting experience for many, Mr. Bickle truly left us with a great message. Although different historical movements can be analyzed differently by some people, Mr. Bickel informs us to be the change we want to see.