General - Sun, Nov. 1, 2015

 

Wiley College  will host the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church  on Tuesday, November 3  for a special  11 a.m.chapel service and campus-wide event centered on using musicology, hip-hop,dialogue and conversations to communicate how young adults can help transform the world through global mission work while gaining valuable service learning opportunities. 

Called the Sankofa Generation Transformation Campus Tour, its goal is to share the mission story through intergenerational conversations on matters of social justice and advocacy and to invite young adults to be trained and deployed as short-term missionaries around the world.  

The fall and winter recruitment efforts will include an unprecedented campus tour to all 10 United Methodist-related historically black colleges anduniversities (HBCUs), including Wiley College, with undergraduate enrollment totaling 15,213 students. 
 
Two United Methodist leaders from different generations, Rudy Rasmus, a baby boomer pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church Downtown in Houston, and Romal Tune, a Generation X social entrepreneur and founder of Faith for Change, Inc., in Los Angeles, will engage with a younger millennial generation in sharing the mission story on each campus.
 
"Sharing their global experiences alongside current and former young adult missionaries will create an intergenerational conversation based on missiology with a different 'beat,'" says Regina Henderson, associate general secretary for Justice & Relationships at Global Ministries. "The goal of sharing the mission story and promoting Generation Transformation to students in small and large campus venues as they engage in a theological and missiological conversation centered on the hip-hop music genre is exciting," says Cynthia Bond Hopson, executive director for the Black College Fund.
 
The tour will also address practical matters relevant to the vocational discernment and preparation process, such as securing a passport and "fun-raising." The expected outcome is to recruit, train, and deploy at least two missionaries from each school in the next two years and walk with students through a 12-month discernment process of global Christian service. The Sankofa Generation Transformation Campus Tour is sponsored by Global Ministries' program of Generation Transformation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministries' Black College Fund, Sankofa Initiative, The Voices Project, Faith for Change, Inc., and St. John's United Methodist Church Downtown in Houston.
 
The tour schedule is as follows: Wednesday, September 30 — Paine College, Augusta, Ga., 11 a.m. Monday, November 2 — Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark., lunch hours Tuesday, November 3 — Wiley College, Marshall, Texas, 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 4 — Rust College, Holly Springs, Miss., 7 p.m. Thursday, November 5 — Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Fla., 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 10 — Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 10 — Clark-Atlanta University, Atlanta, TBD Thursday, February 11 — Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C., 11 a.m. Thursday, February 18 — Dillard University, New Orleans, 11 a.m. Thursday, February 25 — Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, Texas, 11 a.m.
 
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Lee, [email protected], or Regina Henderson, [email protected]