Over 150 United Methodist Students gathered at the University of Evansville in Indiana from May 26-29. Our 3 Merced students were often seen laughing and making friends. The days were filled with worship, workshops and learning about how students make a difference in the United Methodist Church through recommendations to General Conference that the Student delegates vote on.
A big focus of the event was how to make United Methodist Student Movement an actual movement again, instead of just an annual event. What about out West? How can we encourage students to move through their days as disciples of Christ, turning the world upside down wherever they go?
One story shared at worship was about how John and Charles Wesley and the Methodists that they inspired made London a better place because of their Movement. In the face of rampant drunkenness, poverty, a lack of medical care and lukewarm faith, the early Methodists turned London upside down with their acts of piety and mercy. Visiting the prisoners, caring for the sick, preaching in the fields, praying for changed hearts- these were the things that transformed the world. And we can do it again.
Photo courtesy of Joseph McBrayer