If there was a series of movies called The Fantastic Five, the fifth would be Marcus Ussery, recent graduate of Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and proud Ratio Christi SHSU student leader. What is his super power? Marcus has been a magnet to people of other worldviews since high school.
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In 2013, the National Day of Prayer Task Force expanded its mission with the launch of the Pray for America (P4A) Bus Tour to mobilize prayer among Americans.
Mostly known for creating the once-per-year Day of Prayer in the month of May, the National Task Force’s P4A Bus Tour has led prayer groups in 43 states and 500 communities, impacting 130,000 people with 9,000 decisions for Christ. The 2015 theme of Praying for Education is a perfect fit for Ratio Christi!
The tour will visit over 50 cities, many of which have schools with RC chapters, and we are now connected with this event.
The Benedict Option, with its talk of "exile," drives us to nostalgic fantasy, not witness.
By Tom Gilson, Ratio Christi's Vice President for Strategic Services
Originally published July 27, 2015 at The Stream. Reprinted with permission.
Rod Dreher has been attracting attention promoting his “Benedict Option” to believers living in post-Christian America. Writing in Time magazine on the day of the Obergefell decision (gay marriage at the Supreme Court), Dreher had this to say:
"Throughout the early Middle Ages, Benedict’s communities formed monasteries, and kept the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness. Eventually, the Benedictine monks helped refound civilization.
I believe that orthodox Christians today are called to be those new and very different St. Benedicts. How do we take the Benedict Option, and build resilient communities within our condition of internal exile, and under increasingly hostile conditions? I don’t know. But we had better figure this out together, and soon, while there is time." [emphasis mine]
It’s an intriguingly open-ended idea, since Dreher won’t tell us what it actually means. At least he’s honest about the reason: He doesn’t know. As John Zmirak points out, St. Benedict probably isn’t the role model best suited to Dreher’s purpose. So as proposals go, the Benedict Option lacks, shall we say, specificity.
Ratio Christi’s international outreach is exploding in the Philippines. We completed our second annual Philippines Apologetics Academy and Conference in Manila in June, 2015. During the 2014 conference, approximately a dozen people in Manila signed up after the conference to learn how to be RC chapter directors. That training took place, and some are now starting chapters. We also connected with pastors in many cities. This was part of our long-term goal for that nation.
Ratio Christi at the University of Virginia (UVA) began in the spring of 2013, and we have a student to thank for that. Caitlin Montgomery was instrumental in starting the chapter and finding a chapter director.
“Hearing about Ratio Christi’s mission was incredibly inspiring,” Montgomery says. “When I found out UVA didn’t have a group yet, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to try and help start one.”
by Don Brooks, Ratio Christi’s Upper Midwest Regional Director
Earlier this summer, I was able to attend New Hope Lutheran’s Vacation Bible School program, led by Pastor David Rufner, in my area of Michigan. "VBS" as it is known by most is a summer ministry for elementary age children. New Hope’s VBS was held over the course of four evenings. As a former pastor, I love watching other pastors take the time to prioritize their kids by leading VBS.
In the fall of 2014, Dan Martin was one of the first students interested in having a Ratio Christi chapter at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He became a co-founder with chapter directors Lori and Kevin Peters and served as the first student president for the 2014-2015 school year.
Lori Peters explains why Martin was chosen to receive RC’s Legatus Christi certificate for high achievements in his use of apologetics:
We chose Dan Martin for Legatus Christi because he has exemplified what it means to reach others for Christ in gentleness and respect (1 Pet. 3:15). While being an avid reader and pursuer of apologetic, philosophical, and theological knowledge, he has never failed to understand that this pursuit is for the building of faith for the believer and removing barriers from the unbeliever to hear the Gospel. He has shared, taught and lived out the Christian faith boldly. He was foundational to starting the Ratio Christi chapter at UNH and continues to support the work of Ratio Christi and the students.
Is it possible to sustain a vital apologetics club at a commuter college where the students leave campus every night? Yes – just ask RC’s Chapter Director Rob Lundberg at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
“This being a community college, not residential, consistency in attendance for club meetings is often much harder to keep up,” he says. “There are also other campuses for some courses, so school for the students is not always in this one location. But these kids are committed. While some are combining work and school or attending night classes, they sometimes even borrow cars to get to the meetings.”
Used by permission.
The New York Times ran an article this weekend profiling and quoting many children of gay and lesbian parents under the headline “What Could Gay Marriage Mean for the Kids?”
Noticeably absent were any children who, while loving their two moms or two dads, yearned for both a mom and dad.
In my new book, “The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom,” I devote a chapter to highlighting the stories of children of gays and lesbians who have spoken out about how redefining marriage has social costs. Their basic story is the same: Same-sex marriage denies children like them a relationship with either a mother or a father—denies them their mother or their father.
This month, we are remembering Jordan Slusher who was a Ratio Christi chapter member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Slusher was the first student to receive Ratio Christi’s outstanding student recognition, the Legatus Christi certificate, which was awarded posthumously to his family.