On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Northwestern’s very own Julie Elliott will speak in Christ Chapel. As the Vice President of Student Affairs, Elliott serves the NW community in the student life division, which encompasses everything from residence life to health services to campus security.
Elliott is also charged with the development and organization of the Ngage series, a Christian Formation series that seeks to gather students by discussing pertinent topics.
While these are just a few of Elliott’s administrative responsibilities, speaking in chapel is one of Elliott’s more favored tasks, which she describes as “a wonderful opportunity to connect with students.” This fall, Elliott feels especially compelled to speak in light of several recent and ongoing national events “in a way that is focused on Jesus and his word.”
Elliott’s talk is rooted in John 8:1-11, otherwise known as the passage about the ‘woman caught in adultery.’ Having delved into the text, Elliott plans to focus on the person of Jesus, His ultimate and divine authority, and “how Jesus turns our assumptions about power and authority upside down” and “offers us a different way of viewing the world.” Elliot hopes students will be challenged to reflect on the way they see others and respond in a way consistent with Christ’s example — by “stand[ing] with those who are oppressed.” From this scriptural foundation, Elliott is excited to be used by “sharing a message of truth and good news with our community.”