On Wednesday, October 25, the Religious Life Council at West Virginia Wesleyan College will hold a Faith and Politics Forum at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. This political yet non-partisan event will feature keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Clayton Childers, director for Annual Conference relations from the General Board of Church and Society, the United Methodist agency dedicated to the work of “living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace.”
The forum will touch on the topics of immigration, human rights, youth and families, and the environment and the ways faith plays in shaping these issues. The event will look at how religious, spiritual, and secular values intersect with man’s desire to bring about positive change in the world.
“How often are we told that religion and politics do not mix? Yet, as people of faith, the values we hold and our beliefs about God’s will for the world inevitably shape the issues we care about the most,” stated Rev. Chris Scott, chaplain and director of religious & spiritual life at Wesleyan. “While our religious faith does not fit neatly into one political party or the other, it can add and should be a driving force in how we engage the public. We are excited that Rev. Childers will be discussing the importance of Christians being engaged and acting for justice.”
Rev. Dr. Childers connects church and society to work done at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as at district and local church levels. With a belief that ministry should be grounded in prayer, built on strong relationships, and emphasize education that leads to action, he has pastored churches in a variety of contexts, from the inner city to a textile mill village.
An elder in the South Carolina Conference, Rev. Dr. Childers previously served as the Director of Advocacy for Imagine NO Malaria. He received a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in 1998, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary in 1982, and a bachelor degree in religion and political science from Furman University in 1979.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Religious Life Office at (304) 473-8007.