OCU offers connections to churches and youths


Have studies, will travel

"Last Sunday I was at Mosiac UMC (in Oklahoma City), leading a congregation-wide study on church history, and for the next three weeks I will be with the youth at First UMC, Prague, leading a study of Wesley’s General Rules," reports Charles Neff. He is Oklahoma City University’s vice-president for University-Church Relations.

"Over the last 12 months, I have had the privilege of being in churches across our annual conference, big and small, delving into a rich diversity of topics ranging from the spiritual practices of Jesus to the books that didn’t make it into the Bible."

In addition to Rev. Dr. Neff, other clergy staff and faculty at OCU also travel to congregations and camps across the state to offer studies.

Among the subjects are the books and themes of the Bible, church history, Wesleyan studies, apocalyptic literature, Christian spirituality, and the life and teaching of Jesus.

We welcome your invitation to lead a Sunday School class or special weekday class in your local church or a camp setting. Based on distance and availability, presenters can lead one to three sessions.

To request a study at your church, contact Neff at 405-208-5060 or cneff@okcu.edu.

Sister Nyirumbe to visit campus Sept. 23

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has received honors for her work with girls rescued from warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda. She and a girls’ school are the subjects of the documentary "Sewing Hope," narrated by Oscar Award-winner Forest Whitaker.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Uganda, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, will spend Wednesday, Sept. 23, at OCU.

She will give presentations about her humanitarian work among women and children displaced by the violence of the Kony militia.

• Clergy members of the Oklahoma Conference are invited to a free luncheon that day from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the McDaniel student center. (RSVP required; call 405-208-5060.)

• All are welcome to a community forum at 7:30 that evening.

Nyirumbe, a member of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, directs St. Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda. The girls learn to support themselves and their families through such trades as sewing and cooking. Her work is the subject of the book "Sewing Hope" and a documentary of the same name.

Reserve group seats to see the Stars

From champion athletic teams to award-winning performances, OCU students excite, inspire, and entertain all year long! Come and see for yourself!

OCU again is offering free tickets for church groups to attend home sporting events and theater, musical, and dance performances during the school year. Tickets are available on a first-come basis.

Find event schedules on the school’s website: www.OKCU.edu

To reserve seats, contact Rita Himes in the University-Church Relations Office, 405-208-5060, rhimes@okcu.edu


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Nominations open for Milhouse Award

The OCU University-Church Relations Office is seeking nominations for the 2015 Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award. Established in 1982, this award recognizes United Methodist laity who show outstanding leadership in community, local church, and the annual conference, and who advocate for the partnership between OCU and the Church. To nominate someone, contact Charles Neff, cneff@okcu.edu,  405-208-5060. Deadline for all nominations is Oct 1.

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