How a generation bent on making a difference is changing Christian higher education.
What did you used to dream of doing when you grew up? Jen Cook wants to change nations. Hers is an outsized ambition, but Cook is infused with the youthful exuberance of one who believes she can make it happen.
Cook is a 21-year-old marketing senior at Oral Roberts University (ORU), where this fall she will be president of her university’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, an international organization helping students apply business concepts to projects for the needy. In 2009 she traveled to Paraguay with a team of students who sought to spread ethical business practices in the country, one rife with crime.
Victoria Walker isn’t a hard-core video gamer, but she knows a thing or two about avatars and virtual worlds. For her doctoral dissertation, the mother of two created a counselor training facility where mental health students could hone their diagnostic skills on a licensed counselor and higher-level graduate student pretending to be patients with self-inflicted injuries and eating disorders.
In the virtual world known as Second Life, where online users inhabit digital representations of themselves called avatars, Walker created a facility that users can walk into, ride an elevator up to the counseling rooms on the second floor and look inside.
More than 60,000
churchgoers are expected to participate in a simulcast event Wednesday being
billed as the largest gathering of Christians
supporting creation care.
Hope for Creation, being held on the eve of
the 40th observance of Earth Day, will be simulcast from Northland, A Church Distributed, a Florida congregation
led by the Rev. Joel Hunter. Participants
from as far as India, Thailand and Russia, will join in online, and many
pastors will air the simulcast at their churches.
Photo: Dr. Matthew Sleeth will lead the Hope for Creation simulcast Wednesday.
She says she is 26, but she looks younger. Tattoos cover her arms, a ladybug among them. A sales tag hangs from her purse. Sunglasses-big, cheap and gaudy-are perched on her head. She is small, feminine, attractive. Immediately she bursts into tears.
The details of her appearance do little to convey who she is. But the moment she hears that God loves her, tears well up in her eyes and run down her cheeks. She wipes them from her face, her dark eyes darting around to see whether she is being watched.
(Photo: Sandra Roman walked the Trail for seven years but now as a Christians helps with Open Door.)