Ceremonial Signing of Red Book Affirms Biola’s Mission and Future

Jan. 11, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University’s ‘Red Book’ will be the guest of honor this Friday, January 15, 2010 for the annual affirmation of the school’s core values. The 25 Board of Trustees will reaffirm their commitment to Biola’s mission during the ceremonial signing. Board member Damoi Park will be signing the book for the last time as he is stepping down from service.

The “Workers’ Register and Articles of Faith,” popularly known as the ‘Red Book,’ is signed annually in December by the Board of Trustees at a private meeting. However, for the second year the event will be open to the public and Biola community. Over the last 81 years Biola’s leaders, such as Louis Talbot, Charles Fuller, Lula Stewart and founder T.C. Horton, have all added their signature to the book as a symbol of their affirmation of Biola’s values and their commitment to the University’s mission.

The signing is now public perpetually in an effort to include the entire Biola community in this fundamental moment to uphold Biola in its deepest convictions.

“The annual signing of the ‘Red Book’ is an outward demonstration of Biola’s commitment to the University’s time-honored biblical heritage, the foundation of Biola’s core mission and values,” said President Barry H. Corey.

The book, printed circa 1927, has been signed annually by the Board of Trustees and was originally signed by all employees. However, as Biola grew it was decided the Board would be the only members to sign the book. Instead faculty and staff now each sign Biola’s doctrinal statement upon their hire demonstrating their commitment to uphold Biola’s foundational beliefs.

This significant and historical ceremony will be held from 9 a.m. to 9:30 am. on Friday, January 15, 2010 in Calvary Chapel at Biola University. The event is open to the Biola community as well as the La Mirada community.

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Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. For over 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With over 145 academic programs in seven schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit www.biola.edu or call (562) 777 – 4061.


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