A young Aboriginal alumnus has some advice for living a fulfilling life. It's about "taking it up a notch and ripping it up on the side of good," says Pr Johnny Murison, a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) graduate of 2004.
Johnny appears in the video clip on this page. The clip shows Johnny on a camp at Stockton Beach in New South Wales with young adults from Redfern. The young adults are part of a church plant called The Way Johnny helped establish in the suburb as part of his role as director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sydney. The self-described "bushman" hoped the church would send him to the bush; instead, it sent him to the urban jungle. "When you take a risk, you grow and your faith deepens," says Johnny. "When you use your gifts and talents for God . . . He will take you places you have never been before."
Johnny is one of the thousands of graduates who leave Avondale College of Higher Education with "a greater vision of world needs." They do because an Avondale education continues to benefit the whole person. It delivers quality education through excellence in scholarship, teaching and research. It promotes community service and social action by fostering a sense of individual worth, a respect for others and an appreciation of diversity. And it promotes spiritual growth by encouraging a commitment to faith, integrity and justice.
This is the essence of the Avondale experience, an experience the Avondale Alumni Association
seeks to maintain and strengthen.