A religious demonstration resembling a cheer squad of 12 female dancers wove around Auraria students Feb. 14.
They took over Tivoli Commons dressed in all black clothing and thick yellow scarves, chanting and dancing to upbeat music and trying to spread their message to Aurarians.
The group is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventists through a church called World Mission Society Church of God.
“We’re testifying that the second coming of Christ has appeared a second time in the human body,” said Michael Musni, organizer of the demonstration and local Ahn Sahng-hong group leader. Ahn Sahng-hong is the new name for Jesus, according to Musni.
Since many members of the religious group are students at Auraria, they have chosen this campus as their weekly destination for their demonstrations throughout the spring semester.
The group hopes to bolster support for a new CCD organization called the Seven Thunders club, which is a campus base for people who share these beliefs.
“We have friends who are in the club and we wanted to support them,” said Anny Meraz, one of the dancers on the self-proclaimed rally team.
“We’re helping by encouraging them and cheering with them and being here so that many students can come and listen to the message that they have to say about the second coming of Christ,” she said.
The women took short water breaks in their five-hour demonstration near the amphitheater outside Plaza. They danced several prearranged sets, accompanied by a group of 14 people in the background who held neon pink lettered signs that read “Heavenly Mother” when held up together.The background group used a megaphone and chanted, “We love you,” “We are family,” and “I have already come,” an allusion to their core belief that the second coming of Jesus Christ took place in 1918 before he ascended back to heaven in 1985.
The Heavenly Mother slogan refers to the female existence of God, who they believe is a living woman in South Korea called “The Heavenly Jerusalem” or “The New Jerusalem,” by followers of this faith, Musni said.
Metro students are less offended by their mode of communication than other evangelical groups that are infamous on campus for inciting negative crowd reactions, such as the anti-abortion groups.
“It’s not in line with my beliefs, but it’s interesting,” Metro senior Alexa Davis said. “I guess this is the best place to [hold religious demonstrations] because it’s the center of higher education and higher learning, I think having the freedom to do that here is important, but within certain constraints.”
Davis said the group was acting agreeably compared to other religious groups she has seen on campus.
There is little information provided on the banners and posters that the group displays because their message is supposed to be unobtrusive.
“You will see us little-by-little through mass media,” Musni said. “The movement is getting bigger.”
Author: Megan Mitchell
Megan Mitchell is the managing editor of The Metropolitan. She has worked for the paper since spring 2010 as a reporter, assistant editor, Metrospective editor, and editor-in-chief respectively.