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ACU hosts series of events for 'Justice Week'

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 31 2013 05:42:09 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene Christian University will be hosting a series of events in the coming days for "Justice Week."

All events are open to the public.

It begins tomorrow when "The Red thread Movement" will host a tug-of-war competition. It starts at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church to raise money to fight sex traffiking.

The founder of the non-profit "Restore International" in Uganda will speak at 7 p.m. in the Moody Coliseum.

Here is the full list of events from the ACU release:

Monday, April 1

  • The Red Thread Movement is hosting a tug-of-war competition 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Teams will raise money to fight sex trafficking.
  • Bob Goff,author of Love Does and the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Restore International in Uganda, will speak at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
  • Goff will be in the Campus Living Room for a meet-and-greet immediately afterward. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, April 2

  • Bob Goff speaks in chapel, 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum
  • Gerald Brit, VP for Public Policy, CitySquare Dallas will speak at 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum. At 8:30, Wishing Well International's CEO Ryan Groves will address the current water crisis and how students can help bring about a solution. A preview clip from a documentary centered on Anabel Reid's devotion to ending the water crisis will also be shown.

Wednesday, April 3

  • Renowned slam poet David Bowden will perform in chapel at 11 a.m. Bowden regularly performs slam poetry for social justice events and nonprofit organizations.
  • A fundraiser dinner and backyard bash will be held at 7 p.m. at Bonterra Bleu featuring local foods. Funds raised will benefit the Locavores, a group of students dedicated to organic and healthy eating.

Thursday, April 4

  • Locavores Farmer's Market, 5 p.m. in Moody Coliseum
    Healthy, organic and locally grown food will be available for purchase at a farmer's market presented by the Locavores.
  • Sally Farron, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, will explore different aspects of justice for farmers and the products they grow during her talk, “Is There Justice for Small Farms?" 6 p.m., Moody Coliseum.
  • Wishing Well and the International Justice Mission will host a slam poetry event at 8:00 p.m. in the ACU Amphitheater. The show will feature student slam poets and bands. Refreshments and Wishing Well merchandise will be available for purchase.

Saturday, April 6

  • The In The Red Fashion show will raise money and awareness for The Red Thread movement; 7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Hotel. The Red Thread organization that fights sex trafficking in Nepal. Clothing from Dillard's and Betty & June, a local boutique, will be featured.

"We are so excited for Justice Week this year," says junior Sarah Ratliff, president of ACU's IJM chapter. "Everyone has been working very hard to create a comprehensive, beneficial event, and I know that we will have a great turnout."

All events will be live streamed on acu.edu/live