This has been, by every measure, a most unique week for me.
A few years ago Pepperdine University and its dynamic Center for Faith and Learning received a grant from the Lilly Foundation to underwrite the costs of a "Minister in Residence" program.
Each fall semester, the university arranges for a week-long visit by some fortunate person who works full-time in ministry. This year I was invited to enjoy this experience.
So, I've spent the week teaching classes in several university departments, including social work, religion, university interdisciplinary studies, history and even one session at the Law School. I've enjoyed stimulating conversations with numerous faculty members and administrators.
My time with students, both in the classroom and one-on-one, has been incredibly encouraging. So many of these extremely bright young men and women have very clear visions about how they want to spend "the capital" of their lives. Most are trying to determine how to serve their communities as effectively as possible.
In every conversation, we discussed the needs of the poor in America and around the world.
Our nation's need to rediscover the priority of justice and equity in every part of our national life seemed to be front and center for these students--and that, believe it or not, unprompted by anything I said.
I leave this beautiful campus pretty much exhausted and battling a worsening cold. But, my soul is renewed by the youthful expressions of faith and fairness that I enjoyed among these incredible students.
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