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Ohio Wesleyan Hosts "Faith And Politics" Panel Discussion

February 28, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University will host a "Faith and Politics" panel discussion on Tuesday, March 28, at noon in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Crider Lounge. Shane Claiborne, founding partner of The Simple Way Community, Noel Castellanos, director of the CCDA Institute, and Christa Mazzone, field organizer for Call to Renewal, will serve as the panel for the event.

The discussion will focus on the fact that faith cannot be boiled down to two political "hot buttons" — abortion and homosexuality. That fighting poverty, caring for the environment, advancing peace, promoting strong families, and supporting a consistent ethic of life are all critical moral and biblical values.

Claiborne is a founding partner of The Simple Way Community, a radical faith community that lives among and serves the homeless in Kensington, North Philadelphia. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Christian Community Development Association, one of the largest national associations of faith-based organizations and is the author of the book The Irresistible Revolution.Castellanos has served in full-time ministry in the Latino community since 1982 and has participated in youth ministry, church planting and community development in San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago. He is a highly sought after speaker, motivator, and mentor and serves on the Boards of the Christian Community Development Association, the John Perkins Foundation, and was the founding pastor of La Villita Community Church in Chicago. Currently, Castellanos is the director of CCDA institute in Chicago.Mazzone currently serves as a field organizer for Call to Renewal, a faith-based organization committed to overcoming poverty. As a field organizer, she develops partner relationships with local clergy and community leaders, providing logistical support for their advocacy efforts. In addition, she presents workshops and "Prophetic Advocacy 101" trainings nationwide on how people of faith can engage in effective, faith-based advocacy. In 2004, Mazzone served as the primary organizer of Call to Renewal's 12-city "Rolling to Overcome Poverty" bus tour. She resides in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of New Community Church.The Chaplain's Office, Sojourners, and Call to Renewal (www.sojo.org) are sponsoring the panel discussion. The event is being held in conjunction with the Jim Wallis lecture on March 28 at Ohio State's St. John Arena.

For more information, contact Lisa Ho, Ohio Wesleyan's assistant chaplain for Christian ministry, at 740-368-3083 or via e-mail at llho@owu.edu.