ACTING ON AIDS CHAPTER
PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL SUMMIT - 02/17/06
Trinity students have joined
their peers in a movement called Acting on AIDS to combat the global AIDS
pandemic. Emily Kilbourn '06, Jessica Karavas '07, and Kimberly Monsma
'08, three members of Trinity's chapter of Acting on AIDS, gathered with
more than 600 students from 40 colleges at Taylor University Thursday February
2-4, for a Leadership Summit to further the cause.
The Summit's theme, "Putting
Education and Faith Into Action," expressed the organization's goals: to
broaden each student's understanding of AIDS, create practical opportunities
for action, and provide an environment for students leaders to connect.
"The whole time, we were
very focused on the Lord," said Karavas. "We felt like we received divine
appointment after divine appointment. We decided to celebrate what God
has done in this past year, and hope and pray for the next year.
"It was good to see such
a larger group of believers pursuing justice and helping the needy," Karavas
added. "They are being a voice for the voiceless."
AIDS experts presented a
variety of topics related to global AIDS, including HIV prevention methods,
the President's Plan for Global AIDS Relief, and the students' role in
advocating biblical justice for the poor. Speakers included Steve
Haas, vice president of World Vision, and Tom Walsh, speechwriter and public
affairs advisor for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.
Students from several campuses also led workshops.
Students expressed how they
view AIDS by working with interactive artist Scott Erickson. An auction
of student artwork raised more than $1,000 to assist a community in Swaziland
through World Vision.
"The conference went exceptionally
well," Kilbourn said. "We learned a lot and came back with ideas for Trinity."
The event marked the beginning
of efforts by Christian college students to turn the tide against AIDS.
The Acting on AIDS Chapter at Trinity held an art auction that raised more
than $1,000 in December. On Wednesday, March 22, the group will sponsor
a visit by the originators of "The Chronicle Project." The filmmakers will
lead chapel at 10 a.m. and show their documentary that night from 7-8 p.m.
in the Ozinga Chapel.