Equipped to Act Justly and Love Mercy: Students Attend Global Poverty Conference
Twelve students from Trinity’s chapter of Acting on Aids (AoA), the Organization for African American Unity (OAAU), and the social work department, accompanied by social work faculty member, Nikki Bruna, headed to Washington D.C. from April 25 through April 29. Their destination? The Mobilization to End Poverty conference, sponsored in part by World Vision and Sojourners.
The conference was designed to teach current student activists how to bring about social justice awareness on their campuses and how to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of the millions suffering from AIDS worldwide. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with congressmen, urging the government leaders to act on behalf of the poor and sick, and to take part in workshops addressing poverty in connection with policy and politics, health care, immigration, and the economy.
Lauren Buehler ’10, co-president of Trinity’s chapter of AoA, came away from the conference reaffirmed in her belief that the work of World Vision and other similar non-profit organizations is necessary and profitable.
“It was a great experience just watching Christian leaders, students, and people working for social justice come together and talk about what’s going on and what we’re working to do about it,” said Buehler. “The government leaders were attentive and supportive of our cause, and the bills we lobbied for now have a substantial chance of being passed.”
Buehler’s experience is also featured on World Vision’s Web site: http://www.worldvision.org/news.nsf/news/mobilization-200905-enews
At the conference, students from colleges and universities around the country heard from Christian leaders and politicians including Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, Richard Stearns from World Vision, and Republican John Lewis from the United States House of Representatives. Each speaker carried the message of service and of following Christ’s mandate to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”
Attendees took part in workshops addressing poverty in connection with policy and politics, health care, immigration, and the economy.
With a total of 13 attendants, Trinity had the largest representation of any other college at the conference, a reflection of the strong connection between Trinity and World Vision and the passion on Trinity’s campus to serve the needy and the sick with conviction, love, and compassion.
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