As Morgan Champion’s time as SGA chaplain comes to a close, she is finishing strong with a virtual prayer walk at the end of the month.
From March 29 to April 2, a virtually led prayer walk will be posted to iAttended. Students who participate will earn one convocation credit.
“Convo has been a big issue in our constituent reports recently,” Campion said.
SGA originally planned to hold a virtual prayer service, but shifted its plans to accommodate circumstances created by the pandemic.
“When we were planning the virtual prayer service, we just ran into a few hurdles with spacing and where we were going to hold the service,” Champion said. “I have kind of had to reevaluate and say okay, so since we are having trouble getting space to film because of COVID, how can we make it to where we wouldn’t be in one central location for filming? And so I was like, ‘you know it would be really cool and perhaps even more impactful to do a prayer walk.’”
This will be a modified version of the annual SGA prayer breakfast. As an immunocompromised individual, Champion has been cautiously aware of the risks of holding certain events during the pandemic.
“I didn’t think it would be a good idea to get together and hold a prayer breakfast where people would be eating and taking their masks off,” Champion said.
Champion is no stranger to having to modify plans.
“A lot of my term has been about trying to be flexible in the midst of COVID,” Champion said.
The prayer walk route will begin at the Mr. Beeson statue, then to Hodges Chapel, continue toward Centennial Walk, Ben Brown, the library and the Law School Plaza.
“Students will be encouraged in the video to go out on their own time, in their own space and walk around these places on campus and watch the video and pray on their own,” Champion said.
With SGA elections approaching on March 22, Champion said she is sad to be stepping down, but grateful for the opportunity to have served in this role.
“My term as this year’s chaplain is almost over,” Champion said. “It’s been one of my favorite parts of being at Samford and being a part of the student body. It’s been a joy and an honor to serve in such a sweet way and obviously this is something I want to do for the rest of my life, something around this line of ministry.”