Dec 06, 2017
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
On Dec. 2, 2017, Oakwood College college students and pupil authorities leaders from faculties throughout the North American Division (NAD) dialogued with church leaders through the second Fb Stay Occasion titled “Is This Factor On?” (ITTO). The virtually two-hour Q&A session with Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, and Alex Bryant, government secretary, was held within the Leroy & Lois Peters Media Middle on Oakwood’s campus the night earlier than the beginning of the 2017 Pastoral Evangelism and Management Council (PELC).
The unscripted program in Huntsville, Alabama, on the campus of the Adventist Church’s solely traditionally black faculty/college (HBCU), featured questions taken from the studio viewers and Fb and Twitter. Social justice, race relations, regional conferences, church coverage and governance, and girls’s ordination topped the subject listing.
“Racism and social justice is a topic that could be a very related to younger folks immediately,” stated Andrew Taylor, Oakwood College pupil and United Pupil Motion president, within the days simply earlier than the occasion. “I’m excited to have an open dialogue concerning this vital subject with church leaders and faculty college students.”
“I’m planning a Four-part, Jesus-centered, group occasion/dialog in Tacoma, [Washington], someday within the spring concerning social justice, racism, white privilege, and poverty,” tweeted Benjamin Orian, because the reside occasion streamed. “It’s a severe dialog that the church must be having.”
David Hamilton, a senior Mechanical Engineering main at Tennessee State College, was glad he got here to ITTO together with his father. “I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it within the Adventist Church. It was refreshing to see this type of clear and open discourse. A number of the questions on my thoughts had been requested,” he stated. “It’s good that the church is giving millennials the area to begin discourse like this. Extra occasions like this are what is going to assist maintain us within the church.” Hamilton applauded the trouble to make use of social media, the place his technology communicates and infrequently exists, to “bridge the hole.”
Social Media Impression
Minutes after the occasion aired, Fb reviews indicated that the video broadcast obtained 11,300 views, 240 shares, and about 2,000 reactions and posted feedback, which included 975 questions and statements concerning the dialog. Greater than 80,500 Twitter accounts had been reached via virtually 400 tweets and retweets.
The NAD Workplace of Communication additionally created a Snapchat geo-filter to be used on the Oakwood campus on occasion day. Greater than three,000 views, 520 swipes, and 89 makes use of had been recorded after the occasion. “Snapchat is one other method to join with younger adults on social media,” stated Julio Muñoz, ITTO host and producer. “We hoped our filter would assist create consciousness of our reside occasion right here at Oakwood and for future dialogues.”
Along with Oakwood college students serving to behind the scenes throughout filming, 4 college students had been tasked with working as social media “ambassadors” through the present. These college students interacted with Muñoz periodically all through the published, sharing viewer statistics and questions that Jackson and Bryant answered.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful to have had the chance to be part of this very needed dialog,” stated Loriann Lawrence, a junior Interdisciplinary Research: French, Artwork & Advertising and marketing main who helped as a social media ambassador on the ITTO present. “The dialogue between company leaders and younger adults are far and in between so when alternatives like these come up, it exhibits that we’re transferring in a very good course.” “Is This Factor On?” is an intentional effort to achieve as many younger grownup Adventists in North America as potential—and have interaction in a dialog on points vital to them. “This dialogue mustn’t and, I do know, is not going to finish right here,” Lawrence added. “Inevitably I felt nearer to our leaders by being in the identical area, asking any questions we [young adults] had. Coming from that, I can higher relate—and are available from a spot of extra understanding once I see sure issues taking place within the church.” After the occasion, Jackson expressed his curiosity in persevering with the dialogue. “I imagine this technology [of millennials] is uniquely poised to complete the work” stated Jackson. “We have to interact our younger adults in open and clear dialog on points which might be vital to them. They want us, however we want them extra.” Arion McCollough, sophomore Advertising and marketing and Broadcast Journalism main, and one of many social media ambassadors, stated, “I discovered lots of good details about the place our church stands on sure matters. The candidness of the matters and solutions stunned me. On the church’s stance on social justice particularly, Jackson gave his sincere opinions. . . . Makes folks my age extra snug with speaking to church leaders. It exhibits that the older technology does care about our questions and considerations.” Plans are underway for an additional occasion within the spring, and questions may additionally be answered within the interim—use #NADnow when tweeting/posting questions. — Go to https://www.fb.com/NADAdventist/movies/10156808307294409/ to observe the “Is This Factor On?” video; for extra data, checkout the NAD Fb web page at www.fb.com/NADAdventist; or go to www.ittoshow.org.