On December 2, 2017, Oakwood University students and student government leaders from colleges across the North American Division (NAD) dialogued with church leaders during the second Facebook Live Event titled “Is This Thing On?” (ITTO). The almost two-hour Q&A session with Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary, was held in the Leroy & Lois Peters Media Center on Oakwood’s campus the evening before the start of the 2017 Pastoral Evangelism and Leadership Council (PELC).
The unscripted program in Huntsville, Alabama, on the campus of the Adventist Church’s only historically black college/university (HBCU), featured questions taken from the studio audience and Facebook and Twitter. Social justice, race relations, regional conferences, church policy and governance, and women’s ordination topped the topic list.
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“Racism and social justice is a subject that is very relevant to young people today,” said Andrew Taylor, Oakwood University student and United Student Movement president, in the days just before the event. “I’m excited to have an open discussion regarding this important topic with church leaders and college students.”
“I am planning a 4-part, Jesus-centered, community event/conversation in Tacoma, [Washington], sometime in the spring regarding social justice, racism, white privilege, and poverty,” tweeted Benjamin Orian, as the live event streamed. “It is a serious conversation that the church needs to be having.”
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David Hamilton, a senior Mechanical Engineering major at Tennessee State University, was glad he came to ITTO with his father. “I’ve never experienced anything like it in the Adventist Church. It was refreshing to see this kind of transparent and open discourse. A lot of the questions on my mind were asked,” he said. “It’s good that the church is giving millennials the space to start discourse like this. More events like this are what will help keep us in the...
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