Campolo to speak at Union College

Dr. Tony Campolo, a noted author and professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, will speak at Union College on Friday, March 2.

Campolo has written 38 books including Choose Love Not Power: How to Right the World’s Wrongs from a Place of Weakness, Stories That Feed Your Soul and Connecting Like Jesus, and his visit is sponsored by Compassion International, a Christian organization that fights to free children from poverty.

An ordained minister, Campolo serves as the associate pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. He speaks more than 350 times per year around the world and has been a guest on a number of television shows including The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect and Larry King Live. He currently hosts Across the Pond, a weekly radio show on Premiere Christian Radio Network in England.

Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

Campolo regularly promotes Compassion International at speaking engagements around the country. “Compassion International was born out of a passion to see children released from poverty in Jesus' name,” claims the organization’s website. “Compassion's ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development.”

“In Honduras I saw Victoria, the little girl that I support through Compassion International,” said Campolo on his website. “I regularly promote the Compassion program, wherever I go, because I know that whenever I can get someone to sponsor a child that person will get something of the satisfaction that Victoria has given to me. Every child deserves the opportunity to be healthy, to attend school, to be safe and lovingly nurtured.”

Compassion International connects children living in poverty with sponsors, who provide food and education for them and their families through monthly donations. “Compassion works exclusively in partnership with local churches in developing nations to deliver a holistic child development program,” explains their website. “By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present every child with an opportunity to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.”

Tony Campolo will speak for vespers at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Union College. The church is located at the corner of 48th and Prescott and the event is free and open to the public.

Volunteers will be at a table at the back of the sanctuary if people would like to sign up to sponsor a child or learn more information.