The students and faculty of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa rolled out the red carpet for 178 collegians from thirty-eight participating schools gathered there last month for the annual meeting of the American Association of Evangelical Students (AAES) and its second Evangelical Student Congress (ESC).
The hospitality, special programs, classy music, and finger-lickin’ food were highlights of the three-day affair—and a distraction to student leader-types who were “all business.” In fact, the ESC passed a resolution asking that “social and recreational activities be kept to a minimum.”
But in the final analysis nobody really seemed to mind the fun and entertainment, since the congress was able to wade through nearly thirty resolutions dealing with everything from student curfew to DDT to the Middle East. After midnight on the last day, delegates even revised three resolutions previously approved because they wanted to make sure the papers clearly grounded Christian action in the Word of God—not just the “Christian experience.” Weary delegates finally adjourned (with a parting gift of oranges and apples from Oral Roberts University) at 1:25 A.M.
AAES president Ken Oman, 21, a junior at Taylor University, kept both AAES and ESC meetings on target. Leaders of schools with a total enrollment of more than 26,000 attended the meetings, which were initiated, organized, and directed by students. The few adults present usually stayed in the shadows. Seventeen AAES member colleges sent delegates; twenty-one other non-member schools were represented. Their delegates could vote on ESC—but not AAES—business.
After a special seminar on “The Christian Student and Contemporary Culture” (including a provocative lecture by Catholic charismatic ...1
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