A Prayer for Our Nation

January 7, 2021

Tony, Peggy and all of us at the Campolo Center wanted to share this thoughtful message from our beloved friend, Eastern’s President Dr. Ron Matthews.

Tony and Ron share a very special friendship that involves a weekly phone call – they pray, seek counsel, and impart spiritual advice. Ron truly recognizes Tony’s historic role and longevity as a pillar of Eastern.

We appreciate Ron’s call to prayer and his expression of the importance of the work we do at Eastern (and at the Campolo Center) during this time of challenge for our nation. God bless you as we all pray together.

With gratitude and hope,

Robert Gauthier
Executive Director


Dear EU Community,

As we start a new year, national politics continue to indicate a deep division and hostility in our nation evidenced by the disruption of the Congress today by protesters, the calling in of the National Guard, and concerns about the stability of our democracy and republic.

I encourage us to invoke the power and resources of the kingdom of God in praying for our country, displaying kingdom values of civility, respect, peace, and justice, with a commitment to humility, courage, and truth. Martin Luther King famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Once again, the importance of an Eastern University education and our mission of faith, reason, and justice is underscored by these times. The transformative impact of sound thinking, respectful engagement, and working for the good and well-being of each other points to the values and benefits found in an intentional Christian community of seekers, scholars, and servants of Jesus. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”

Please join me in prayer. I am grateful that we can do this together, compassionately and courageously.


Ronald A. Matthews, D.M.A.
President | Eastern University
1300 Eagle Road | St. Davids, PA 19087-3696

“…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3.18