Apr 13, 2010

Awakening 2010 to hit campus

by Tiffany Edwards

It will be a conservative gathering like nothing Liberty University has ever seen.

The Awakening 2010, sponsored by the Freedom Federation, will be at Liberty April 15-16. The Freedom Federation is comprised of some of the largest multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-generational faith-based and policy organizations in the U.S.

“Thursday night will present a microcosm of the federation itself because we will a variety of speakers representing a multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational movement united around core values. It will be exciting, entertaining, encouraging and motivating,” Dean of the School of Law Mathew Staver said.

The event will kick off Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC) with musical performances by Charles Billingsley and Maurice Sklar and messages from guest speakers, including Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, School of Law Dean and Liberty Counsel founder Mathew Staver, Ron Luce of Teen Mania and many others.

Friday morning events will start at 8 a.m. with a presentation titled “Israel, the Middle East and Military Readiness” featuring Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’Alon and Israeli Knesset Member Danny Danon, which will be held at TRBC.

Friday’s convocation will feature the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and breakout sessions and panels will be held from 2 - 4:30 p.m. in the School of Law. The conference will end with the Liberty and Justice Rally held at TRBC beginning at 6 p.m.

The Liberty and Justice Rally will include praise and worship, celebration, and challenging messages by Lou Engle of The Call to Conscience, and others. A complete itinerary of events is available on the Freedom Federation Web site.

“I think it’s important to have a conference like this, because there is a new movement I see happening in America today,” Staver said. “People are concerned with the threats to their life, to liberty and to freedom. People are coming together in a way that I have never seen before. I think it’s important to have the face of God’s creation come together, to have all ethnicities and generations come together to celebrate our faith and celebrate our freedom.”

This event will also be the debut of the Freedom Federation’s new social networking utility, which will allow affiliated organizations as well as individual members to create their own blogs, Web sites and events, as well as find any conservative events that may be happening in their area or anywhere in the Nation..

Liberty students are also involved with the organization of the event. SGA president Matthew Mihelic will be involved in a panel on the Millennial generation as well as speaking about the pro-life movement during the Friday night rally.

“In recent years most American Christians have missed the cultural shift taking place because they have neglected to get involved, or have been told it is not their place,” Mihelic said. 

The Freedom Federation currently represents more than 30 million Americans. Organizations involved with the federation include Liberty University, Liberty Counsel, Concerned Women for America, Exodus International, Morning Star Ministries, Teen Pact, NHCLC, the Conservative Action Project and the Traditional Values Coalition.

Student interested in attending The Awakening 2010 can register for free and find more information on the Freedom Federation Web site, Freedomfederation.org.

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