World Religions Expo engages conversation
A is for Anglican. B is for Buddhist and Baptist. C is for Catholic.
As a service-learning project, students in four classes of the Wimberly School of Religion, Oklahoma City University, planned and hosted a World Religions Expo on April 7 in the OCU Chapel.
The expo drew about 100 people, including several United Methodist church confirmation classes.
The OCU student presenters were joined by representatives from about 20 religions, branches of Christianity (including United Methodist), and interfaith organizations. Some booths shared food specific to their traditions. Demonstrations included Native American dancing, tai chi, and a Jewish blessing ritual.
Questions, engaging conversation, and increased understanding marked the event. The students are enrolled in two World Religion classes and two Introduction to Biblical Literature classes.
From across the state, 14 youth groups learned firsthand about the college experience at OCU — the only United Methodist university in Oklahoma.
OCU junior Trey Witzel, a Religious Life intern, coordinated this event involving more than 30 student volunteers.
He said, "It’s wonderful that Oklahoma City University is in the middle of the state, ready to help develop servant leaders while providing a world-class education."
For information about special programs, contact Rodney Newman, university chaplain, firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-208-5484.