Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Jenkins' Lesson on Founders' Day

In the Words of Carter Ashton Jenkins

Brother Jenkens was sitting at his desk one evening, studying a passage of Greek for the next day. He fell asleep and dreamed.

"I dreamed that I saw a great black cloud over this University, " he said, "and I saw lightnings, and heard the reverberations of the thunder. I saw a nation at war, I saw homes destroyed; I saw ten hundred thousand monuments to the newly dead soldiers of the earth. And as I asked the Recording Angel, who stood by my side, what meant such a scene in the University of God. And he answered me quietly saying, 'Men have failed to understand the simple teachings of the Prince of the Earth.'

I woke and I bowed my head and when I slept the Angel returned and showed me a world in which the cloud had broken. I saw children, neatly clad, wending their way to school. I saw workmen singing for joy at their work. I saw the churches filled, institutions of learning crowded, and the nations of the earth were at peace, every nation with its brother nation. And I asked the Angel of God what had brought about this change in the old universe. And he pointed to a passage of Scripture ... 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'

Thus the name of Sigma Phi Epsilon was born. ... This is the principle on which our Fraternity was founded."