9/13/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Department of Religion will sponsor two events on campus this fall in an effort to make students, faculty and community members aware of two global issues. The events are free and open to the public.
Carl Ralston, founder of Remember Nhu, an organization dedicated to preventing children from ever being sold into the sex trade industry worldwide, will be in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. to talk about the group’s work.
Ralston will be joined by two R-Nhu house parents from Thailand and a recent AU graduate who served as an intern for R-Nhu. The group will be sharing stories and photos and discussing ways for interested people to get involved in this effort.
"Remember Nhu is dedicated to preventing the tragedy of children being sold into the sex trade industry from ever happening to any child anywhere in the world-- and they are doing something concrete and effective to stop it,” said Dr. Sue Dickson, associate professor of religion and organizer of the department’s events. “This is a horror that we can prevent. Living in a R-Nhu home in Thailand this summer and watching how these children flourished in a context of safe, loving care, humbled, inspired and re-energized me. Hearing the stories of these children was transforming -- I wish everyone could hear them.”
On Monday, Oct. 7, the Rev. Wilfred Orr, an internationally renowned peacemaker who has worked tirelessly for years to promote stronger ties between churches of all traditions and between those from different cultural, social and political backgrounds in Ballynafeigh, Northern Ireland, will be in the Eagles' Nest from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. to share stories and insights on peacemaking, especially in the context of Northern Ireland.
"Peacemaking is perhaps the most critical issue in the world today-- especially in light of the crisis in Syria and other parts of the Middle East,” Dickson said. “Rev. Orr speaks as one who has lived in the midst of personal, political and religious violence for years and yet continues to work tirelessly for peace and reconciliation with justice.
“Hearing his stories, learning from him, believing in conflict resolution, can give us all hope that authentic peace is really possible-- and give us insights about how to achieve it," she said. “Peacemaking in Northern Ireland is an ongoing challenge from which we might all learn.”
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