Rev. Ray Buchanan Presents Carr Lecture
November 20, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio – “Hunger is hell” are just a few of the powerful words that rang true during The Rev. Ray Buchanan’s recent lecture, “Getting off your Butts,” about the mission of Christian universities such as the University of Mount Union to take action in the fight against world hunger.
Buchanan spoke in the Myers Sanctuary of Dewald Chapel at Mount Union Wednesday about the violence of hunger and Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit organization he started to help end world hunger.
“I have a vision to create a world where hunger is just a memory,” said Buchanan as he spoke about his vision to end hunger.
Buchanan stressed the duty of Mount Union as a Christian university to equip students to be peacemakers to become fighters for justice.
“We will never achieve peace on this planet until there is justice,” said Buchanan. “Until we end hunger, there will be no justice.”
Nothing can compare to the violence of hunger, but people can be proactive by taking the time to “get off their butts” and take action. After his speech, student organizations including Student Senate, Spiritual Life Leadership and Alpha Phi Omega (APO), along with volunteers from the Alliance and Mount Union communities, helped to put on a meal-packaging event for students and the community to get involved.
During the event, 20,088 meals were packaged and prepared to feed hungry school children around the world.
The Joseph M. Carr Lectureship was established in 1916 by the terms of the will of Reverend Joseph M. Carr, D.D., a close associate of President Hartshorn in the early days of Mount Union. The conditions under which the lectureship was given state that the lecture shall always be upon the subject, "The Mission of the Christian College to the World."