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Release date: November 7, 2003
Student-faculty forum to discuss Christian's role

PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University's student Senate will host a student-faculty forum to discuss the Christian's role in the 21 st century on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Nunn Business Building auditorium. The public is invited and the event is free.

              Dr. Fred Meeks, professor of religion and chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy, will represent the faculty voice, along with Dr. Adam Reinhart, assistant professor of biological and earth sciences.

              Senior Jeremy Harris of Gruver and junior Jennifer Combs of Portales, N.M. will represent the student voice in the forum. Junior Nathan Carson of Sweetwater, president of Senate, will serve as moderator for the event.

              According to Dr. Geoff Wells, adviser for Senate, issues to be discussed may include the church's social heritage, the nature of the Christian's social life, the Christian's responsibility towards war or to the poor and the homeless, or utilization of the state or "secular" institutions in the pursuit of witnessing in and to the world by means of social programs (e.g. welfare, faith-based initiatives, etc.). Audience questions will be allowed following the panel discussion, and a reception with refreshments will follow.

              Carson said the event is designed to bring pertinent topics up for campuswide debate and to spur discussion among faculty and staff.

              "The student body really needs something where people can express views and concerns and their ideas on different topics in society," Carson said. "Our goal is to have at least one of these each semester."