Methodist executive speaks on vocation

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Methodist executive speaks on vocation

Melvonia Taylor, Staff Writer

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The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe spoke to students and faculty about vocation at Columbia College Chapel March 23 for the annual Staley Christian Lecture.

Henry-Crowe was elected and appointed as chief executive (General Secretary) of The United Methodist Board of Church and Society in Feb. 2014.

The Staley Christian Lecture series is a project of the Thomas F. Staley Foundation, established in the fall of 1969 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley and Judge and Mrs. H. H. Haynes of Bristol, Tennessee.

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that will show you,’” Henry-Crowe said, referring to the scripture Genesis 12:1. She used this scripture to express the importance of students finding their vocation and doing their part to change the world for the better.

“I appreciated how she was inclusive of all religions when saying that people of faith have a calling to bring justice to others,” Hannah Broam, first-year psychology major, said.

“While her message did feel mainly directed at those who have faith beliefs, I didn’t feel that it excluded atheists or people who are questioning or agnostic,” Broam said.

Henry-Crowe expressed that the problems in the world are much bigger than helping people; it’s about fixing the system itself. “Soup Kitchens keep people from starving, but they do not alleviate the cause of hunger,” Henry-Crowe said.

She said that we are set apart for more responsibility, for love and justice. “I think, now, in this 21st century, that we have a special responsibility for the poor,” Henry-Crowe said.

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