Leading Christian commentators to debate “What’s at Stake in the 2004 Elections?”

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2004-03-23
Huntington, Ind.— The National Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Christian Coalition of America and the executive director of Sojourners will debate on April 1, 2004, at Huntington College. The debate will focus on what is at stake for Christians in the 2004 elections.

The socially conservative Dr. Billy McCormack, member of the Board of Directors and National Chairman of the Pastoral Council of the Christian Coalition of America, and the socially liberal Jim Wallis, executive director of Sojourners, will go head to head on Christian perspectives in the upcoming election.

The event entitled “What’s at Stake in the 2004 Elections?” will serve as the final Forester Lecture of the year at Huntington College. Dr. Tom Bergler, assistant professor of Educational Ministries at Huntington College, coordinated the debate.

“It’s an election year, and we want to make sure students and the community can attend a debate dealing with how Christians should think about the election,” said Dr. Bergler. “We want to look at politics from a Christian point.”

The Christian Coalition of America is America’s largest Christian grassroots organization with more than two million supporters. Dr. McCormack is a founding Board member of the Christian Coalition of America, Chairman of Governor’s Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Advisory Board for the State of Louisiana and Chairman of the Louisiana Drug Policy Board. He also serves as pastor of the University Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.

Jim Wallis spent his student years involved in the civil rights movement and protesting the Vietnam War. While at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ill.), Wallis and several other students started a magazine and community with a Christian commitment to social justice. In 1975, Sojourners moved to the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. They later founded the Sojourners Neighborhood Center, which served the children of the community through tutoring and mentoring programs, a summer Freedom School, and parents’ support activities. In 1995, Sojourners, under the leadership of Wallis, launched a faith-inspired movement to overcome poverty, now a separate organization known as Call To Renewal.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m., in Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free. This event serves as the annual Ball Lecture, endowed by Walter and Georgiana Ball.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. USNews & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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