Following its five-day student missions conference which drew 16,000 attendees, Urbana 15 released figures on New Year's Day summarizing major milestones reached by the organization and its participants — among those accomplishments, raising over $940,000.
Urbana announced the fundraising feat via Twitter, sharing the good news with more than 11,000 followers. "$940K+ Raised for our missions partners around the world," read the graphic posted to the social media site on Jan. 1.
The funds were raised "the old fashioned way," said InterVarsity Internet editor and media relations liaison Gordon Govier in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday. more >>
The liberal-leaning Evangelical organization Sojourners is applauding InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for issuing "strong stand in support" of the Black Lives Matter movement by allowing a social activist to promote the movement during her keynote address at the Urbana 15 student missions conference last week.
After Michelle Higgins, the director of the Christian activist coalition Faith for Justice, gave a 30-minute keynote address to over 16,000 attendees at the Urbana conference in St. Louis that attempted to dispel misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and slammed the pro-life movement, InterVarsity issued a statement explaining why the organization felt the need to address Black Lives Matter at its conference.
"We chose to address #BlackLivesMatter at Urbana 15, InterVarsity's Student Missions Conference, because it is a language and experience of many college students," the statement reads. "Many Black InterVarsity staff and students report that they are physically and emotionally at risk in their communities and on campus. About one-half of those at Urbana 15 are people of color, including more than 1,200 Black participants. InterVarsity chose to participate in this conversation because we believe that Christians have something distinctive to contribute in order to advance the gospel." more >>
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, seeking to further clarify whether pro-life groups would be allowed to participate in the Urbana triennial missions conference, asserted Wednesday that a pro-life group which met its criteria could be considered as an exhibitor.
"If a pro-life organization met the exhibitor criteria, we would be happy to talk to them about being an Urbana exhibitor," said InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao in an email shared with The Christian Post Wednesday.
Intervarsity was criticized by Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins and Rock for Life President Erik Whittington in a Christian Post op-ed for denying their exhibitor application while also featuring a Black Lives Matter speaker who demeaned pro-life activism. more >>
In an interview with The Christian Post, InterVarsity explained why a Black Lives Matter representative was included at its Urbana 15 student missions conference but a pro-life group was denied an exhibitor application.
InterVarsity's denial of Students for Life had nothing to do with the worthiness of the organization's mission but was based upon an application requirement that the pro-life group failed to meet, InterVarsity vice president Greg Jao told The Christian Post during a phone interview Monday.
"My understanding is that Students for Life is a non-religious organization," Jao said. more >>
A historic black church based in Virginia has pledged to donate $1 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Alfred Street Baptist Church, a historically black congregation in Alexandria that traces its history back to the early 1800s, has announced their donation for the educational institute.
"ASBC has always been a leader in community outreach and missions within the faith-based community," said the Rev. Howard-John Wesley, lead pastor of Alfred Street Baptist, in comments to The Christian Post on Monday. Wesley added that this was the first time a faith-based organization had donated $1 million to the Smithsonian. more >>
A man armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle walked into a small church in North Carolina during a sermon on growing violence in the community, was calmed by the pastor, sat through the preaching and stood up to accept Christ when an altar call was given.
"I'm the first person to see him and when I saw him, I thought it was a dummy gun, but then I saw the bullet clip in his hand and the bullets were shining," Pastor Larry Wright of the Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville, told CNN of the incident that took on the New Year's Eve.
The pastor, a 57-year-old retired soldier, then walked up to him and said, "Can I help you?" The gunman, who looked emotionally troubled, asked Wright to pray for him, which the pastor did, and asked him to give the weapon and ammo magazine he had. The pastor then asked him to sit in the front row and carried on with the message on senseless violence. more >>