The second annual WorldView, a community and college series for film, word, and music, drew hundreds of people to campus to be entertained, informed, educated, and inspired. Events were held Mondays in October.
On October 6, following the film “The Power of Forgiveness,” winner of the Best Film award at the Sun Valley Film Festival, guest panelists shared their own moving testimonies of forgiveness during this first event in the series. Guests included: Rev. Roger Nelson, pastor of Hope Christian Reformed Church, Oak Forest, Illinois, whose father, Dr. Ronald Nelson, was murdered during a hold up in the parking lot of Roseland Christian Ministries Center in Chicago in 1985; Gail Rice, who lost her brother, Bruce VanderJagt, in 1997 when the Denver police officer was killed in the line of duty; and Ronald Holt, whose 16-year-old son Blair was fatally wounded by a teenaged gunman while protecting a friend on a CTA bus in Chicago last year.
Especially relevant during this electoral year, Richard Norton Smith, well-known historian, biographer, and nationally recognized authority on the American presidency, presented “Does Character Count?” on October 13. Smith is currently a scholar in residence at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C., and has also been appointed the ABC News presidential historian.
On October 20, Trinity welcomed Mary Fisher. Fisher is an advocate, an author, and the special representative of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She shared her experience as an HIV-positive woman living out her professional roles and her role as a mother. Fisher is also the founder of the Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund. She has spoken at universities, churches, and conferences around the country.
The WorldView series ended with hundreds of people filling the auditorium to enjoy the music of Christian recording artist Fernando Ortega. “My records have always been about how the Gospels find expression in a person’s everyday life—the sorrowful, the mundane, the joyful,” said Ortega. He said the focus of this latest release, “The Shadow of Your Wings,” is one of devotion.
WorldView is sponsored by the generosity of Bruce and Mary Leep.