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Castellanos Speaks on Christian Unity

On Monday, March 3, the Diversity Lecture Series continued with Noel Castellanos.  Castellanos is the CEO and former Executive Director of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and Director of the CCDA Institute. 

The CCDA is a group of Christian leaders who share a commitment for expressing the love of Christ in America’s poor communities at the grassroots level. Their goal is to equip and educate people of faith all over the nation on how to redeem their communities and eliminate poverty for the glory of God.

“It has to be God to move you from sunny California to the Midwest,” Castellanos said, remarking on his cross-country move. The work he has accomplished in the Chicagoland area displays God’s transforming power.

Castellanos spoke on the hope that we find in unity. His message was reinforced by the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. He feels it is God’s deepest desire to see the church, as a body of believers, united around this one purpose: to manage all of creation.  Castellanos encouraged students and professors to go beyond themselves in order to make God “famous.”

The next lecture in the Diversity Lecture Series will be on Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. in the Grand Lobby. Professors Sherry Barnes and Rose Malinowski will present “An Experience in Intercultural Communication.”  


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