The King's College

House of Corrie ten Boom

 

Mission

We, the House of Corrie ten Boom, are sisters sharing in adventure, pursuing truth, and thriving together.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom

Values

Peace: The inner state of being which acts as a guard on our hearts and minds through Christ.

Joy: A condition of rejoicing, regardless of circumstances.

Valor: Great courage and strength of heart and character.

The House Crest

Tulip: The tulip is the national flower of Holland, Corrie ten Boom’s native country, but its symbolism goes beyond namesake heritage. The tulip also represents perfect love, which is found only in the love of Christ.

Fleur-de-Lys: The fleur-de-lys, patterning the background of our crest, is symbolic of the Trinity, and emphasizes the faith and spirituality of the women of ten Boom. It also represents purity and feminine virtue.

Lion: The King’s lion signifies our being active members of the wider King’s community in addition to the sisterhood of our House. As a symbol of courage, the lion also symbolizes our admiration for boldness – a quality seen ubiquitously throughout the life of Corrie ten Boom.

Colors: Not only do our crest colors complement each other aesthetically, they do so symbolically as well, collectively representing the spirit for which women of ten Boom strive.

Navy is a symbol of strength, peace, and steadfastness, and also sometimes, sadness. Ultimately, the blue represents a strong spirit – one of resilience and peace through adversity.

Yellow carries the vibrant connotations of joy and happiness, and it represents hope, enlightenment, and energy. Yellow both contrasts and complements the blue in appearance and meaning.

Green, as the color of new life and growth, is symbolic of the desire to constantly grow, learn, and become new in Christ.

Motto: The Latin phrase, Virtutem Forma Decorat, translates to “beauty adorns virtue.” The women of ten Boom believe that true beauty is fundamentally grounded in one’s character and virtue.

Traditions

Ten Boom Tuesday: ten Boom Tuesdays are bi-monthly events where the women of CtB grow closer through conversation, intentional discussion, and great company.

Initiation: With the start of each academic year, CtB initiates its new members in a top secret ceremony.

Bigs & Littles: Each year, incoming freshmen are assigned a big sister who intentionally seeks friendship with them. Upperclassmen have the opportunity to choose and be given a little sister with whom they can intentionally cultivate a relationship.

Sinterklaas: CtB celebrates Christmas with a Dutch Christmas celebration, Sinterklaas.

House Retreat: Each Spring, CtB goes on a weekend-long retreat to refocus on the House and the existing sisterhood. CtB members write notes of encouragement to each sister anonymously to be placed in affirmation bags that they will take home when the retreat ends, to be uplifted and encouraged by the love and admiration of the girls in the House.

The Tulip Ceremony: At this ceremony, the nominations for CtB’s Exec Team are announced. When accepting their nomination, the nominees receive a tulip, the CtB House flower and the national flower of Holland.

FLEUR Groups: As of 2014, these groups serve as intimate spiritual life groups for CtB. FLEUR groups exist to Flourish, Love, Encourage, Uplift, and Restore members of CtB. These groups help members of CtB better live out the mission of the House by encouraging community, growth, and enrichment.

Feest: Dutch for celebration or feast. At this ceremony, CtB members conclude the school year with a bang by honoring the graduating seniors and the new Exec Team with food, community, and lots of pictures.

Bowery: We have a partnership with the Bowery Mission, which ministers in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ. We send girls multiple times each month to serve.

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