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OWU Welcomes International Student Forum on May 24-27


May 18, 2001

[ Student Forum Logo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Good fellowship, community outreach and leadership training are the main components of Student Forum 2001, a representative leadership development conference hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University on May 24-27.

About 400 college and university students from across the country, including 30 international students, will travel to OWU's campus this weekend. They represent the Student Forum of the United Methodist Student Movement, which is a network of college and university students that bridges ethnic and cultural boundaries. The Student Forum was established in 1989 for students who are active in United Methodist-related campus ministries. The theme of this year's Forum is "Let the Walls Come Tumblin' Down."

"We are pleased to host Student Forum 2001, as it enables us to live out our church connectedness in such a positive way," says OWU Chaplain, Jon Powers. "In the long term, these [students] are our future leaders."

Events for the weekend include keynote addresses by Helen Davis Bell, pastor of Seay-Hubbard United Methodist Church in Nashville; M. Thomas Thangaraj, the D.W. & Ruth Brooks Associate Professor of World Christianity at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta; and Richard B. Wilke, a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church, and Bishop in Residence at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. There also will be several workshops, discussions, worship and singing sessions, and community outreach trips to Delaware sites including Woodward Elementary School, The Global Village Collection, American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels; to Marion's Turning Point; and to nearby Columbus and Linden Elementary and Crestview Middle Schools. Forum participants will paint, garden, pick up litter and weeds, read to children, deliver books and sort canned goods -- whatever the specific needs may be.

"We are delighted that Student Forum 2001 will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University. The United Methodist-related campus provides a wonderful setting for these student leaders from around the world to explore issues of faith and values," says Hal Hartley, Director of Student Ministries at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee. "This year's gathering will be our largest event of this type to date."