The King's College

House of Sojourner Truth

 

Mission

The House of Sojourner Truth strives to empower honorable Christian leaders who emanate grace and truth. We are alive, solid, and passionate.

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.” ― Sojourner Truth

Values

Sisterhood: The unconditional pursuit of authentic community.

Restoration: Grace and truth lived out-the active form of harmony.

Color: Freedom in celebrating vibrancy.

Pursuit of wisdom: The continual development of humility and discernment.

The House Crest

Blue: The color blue represents both truth and faith, and the color gold love and wisdom. The red cross at the center represents our faith in Christ and the Catherine wheel symbolizes one who is prepared to undergo great trials for the Christian faith just as Sojourner Truth did. The women of Truth are solid in our faith and prepared to help each other withstand any trial that we might face.

Centaur: The centaur represents our core value of the pursuit of wisdom. We strive to pursue wisdom so that we might know Christ better. We do this through engaging in deep conversations with each other as well as being passionate about knowledge and growth in our own unique and individual talents—i.e. in our color.

Phoenix: The phoenix represents restoration for just as the phoenix rises from the ashes, we find restoration in Christ. As the identity of the slave known as Isabella Baumfree died and was restored in Christ as Sojourner Truth, the phoenix reminds us that we are no longer dead in our fallen bodies but alive in Him.

Veritas: Veritas, Latin for Truth, reminds us of both our namesake and of a classical Truth that does not just call us to honesty but to a higher way of living, a call to a higher truth, His Truth.

Traditions

Induction Ceremony: We meet at John Street Church, where Sojourner Truth attended church in New York City, and officially welcome the first-years in to the House by giving them a gold House pin and having them sign our leather book. This ceremony explains the House mission and values and formally welcomes them into our sisterhood with a party.

Spaghetti Dinner: This gathering in the spring is our very first tradition. Our alumnae join us for a silly dinner together.

Black and Gold Fridays: House Advisor Michelle Lambdin started this tradition when our House colors changed. We wear all black with our gold House pins on Fridays to show solidarity with our sisters.

Singing Be Thou My Vision and Wayfaring Stranger: These two hymns carry the spirit of God’s wisdom in our House. Wayfaring Stranger has roots in the Underground Railroad, and it captures what Sojourner Truth toiled through.

Passing of the Flame: A ceremony dedicated to welcoming the next executive team in as the old executive team passes the flame to them. This is also when graduating seniors offer their words of wisdom as they pass into our Alumnae Association. Our associates team is also honored for their dedication, and we announce the new associates for the upcoming year.

A focus on anti-slavery: Sojourner Truth spent her life fighting slavery, and we fight modern slavery in the form of human trafficking to honor her legacy. We serve our ministry partner, Restore NYC, throughout the year and raise funds for their efforts in February.

Dean’s List Dessert: We celebrate Dean’s List & President’s List students with dessert on the House to recognize their pursuit of wisdom.

Big and Little System: Everyone has the option to get a Big or a Little, selected by the seniors in the House. Our sisterhood is built upon the deep one-on-one relationships that lasts beyond our time at The King’s College.

Selah Studies: Selah means to pause and to come into agreement. We take time in the middle of the week to gather for tea, treats, and time in the Word of God. We pray for one another’s requests throughout the week.

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