Two ACU alumni who serve in the U.S. Congress visited campus Tuesday to speak about political issues.
The discussion, “A Forum on Civil Discourse and Christian Faith” took placeÂ Tuesday morning in Cullen Auditorium.
Rep. Janice Hahn (’74), a Democrat from Los Angeles, and Rep. Ted Poe (’70), a Republican from Houston, took part in a conversation aimed at helping audience members better understand why lawmakers are so bitterly divided and what can be done to turn the tide of cynicism in Washington.
Together they bring unique Christian perspectives to the problems our nation faces and how to get along with people of different beliefs, said event moderator Grant Rampy, director of public relations. A guest panel, including Mel Hailey, professor of political science, and Orneita Burton, assistant professor of information systems, was present at the forum to ask questions regarding major issues facing our world. Audience members were also able to submit their own questions via text message.
Although the two representatives come from differing political and geographical backgrounds they believe their relationship with Christ and history at ACU has made it possible for them to come together.
“We don’t agree on politics but we work well together because we went to school here,” said Poe. “ACU provides an instant bond.”
“We’re thrilled that two of our outstanding graduates are taking time to share their insights with our university community on such an important topic,” said Dr. Gary McCaleb, vice president of the university. “Day in and day out, Rep. Hahn and Rep. Poe are involved in decisions about major issues that impact our nation. What a privilege it is to have them return to campus for a day that is sure to benefit our students.”
The representatives also spoke during senior Chapel, sharing their testimonies and how their time at ACU has affected their lives.
Poe said he “wouldn’t trade anything for the four years I was here and the people I met.”
“Always speak up, argue if you have to, whatever you’re thinking about but are afraid to say – a lot of others are thinking the same thing,” Hahn said.
“Follow your passion instead of the almighty dollar,” Poe said. “You live once, and there’s no dress rehearsal.”