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9/11 Memorial Service Held


Junior Brad Bell speaks at the memorial service.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - A memorial service was held on Monday at the University of the Cumberlands' Gatliff Chapel to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The service, sponsored by Cumberlands' Campus Ministries and ROTC, began with a prayer and a moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

The message, given by Cumberlands junior and First Baptist Church youth minister Brad Bell, encouraged listeners to spiritually "wake up". He mentioned a recent Barna poll which found that the "spiritual awakening" after the events of 2001 was "the smallest [i.e. shortest] national spiritual awakening in the history of America."

According to the Barna Group's website, the research found that the awakening was only temporary and only a few short months after the attacks, the nation's spirituality equaled that of what it had been shortly before 9/11.

Bell also encouraged students to start a spiritual revival in their own lives, in order to have a "saturation of God's presence all over the world."

After the message, there was a time of worship led by the Baptist Campus Ministry's Praise Band.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.