Acclaimed author/speaker Dr. Tony Campolo kicked off EMERGE this week, an annual week-long experience meant to inspire and encourage the Belmont community in corporate and individual faith journeys. This fall EMERGE is focusing on the topic of “Jesus, The Original Radical.”
Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America. He is the author of 35 books, his latest three being Letters to a Young Evangelical, The God of Intimacy and Action and Red Letter Christians, A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics.
On Monday, Campolo discussed three areas of faith that he believes are greatly impacting the current college generation’s approach to religion: ritual, mysticism and the concept of salvation. “Ritual enhances loyalty and creates solidarity… As ritual has declined, so has commitment faded. When you lose the ritual, you forget what should never be forgotten.”
Advocating for students to consider a mission year and to ponder whether their legacy will be titles or testimonies, Campolo closed the morning session noting that “Jesus calls us to a lifestyle of loving and sacrificing for others… We can make a difference from the bottom up.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nekeisha Alexis-Baker will be offering her thoughts on the theme of “Jesus The Original Radical” as well. A native of Trinidad with a degree in Africana Studies form NYU and a master’s in theology from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Alexis-Baker’s work includes creation care, racism and the intersection of politics and Christian faith. Click here for more information.