Keynote speaker Roger W. Ireson
also emphasized the importance of building community and giving back after receiving an education.Ireson is the General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an AU Board of Trustee. Ireson
, who has worked on projects all over the world bringing the church and higher education together, also encouraged students to make a difference through service.
"The world is hungry for expressions of community... the world is ready for you to help create a new kind of community," he
Similar to Williams, Ireson
emphasized that a single student can make a difference.
agreed that the focus of life was deeper than the surface.
"The center of life is not money, but you'll be tempted to think it is; the center of life is not fame, but you'll be attracted; the center of life is not power," he
said."The center of life is rooted in something much deeper than that."
When travelling around the world, many ask Ireson
whether it is possible to have faith in the future of the world.
"I say yes, because I believe in you, I really do."
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