JACKSON, Tenn. – Nov. 28, 2011 – Larry Cox, a former vice president with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, will address the topic of Islam and the Arab Spring at Union University Nov. 30.
The event, entitled “What Will Come of the Arab Spring?: Christianity, Islam and Cultural Change,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Harvey Auditorium, located in the Barefoot Student Union Building.
Cox now serves as senior director of the WinShape Foundation in Mount Berry, Ga., after serving with the IMB for 23 years in various leadership roles.
“The 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ is an ongoing process of political and social change among the countries and peoples of the Middle East,” Cox said. “What are the potential ramifications of these changes for the kingdom (of God)? Many assume that this process will culminate in democracy, which in turn will lead to increased opportunities for evangelicals.
“However, the constraints may be more cultural than political, and kingdom growth may depend more on social and religious changes than on political reform.”
Joining Cox for the event will be his son Jeremy, who lived and worked in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe as an international development consultant and director for the past 13 years. Jeremy is currently a doctoral student at the University of Mississippi.
The event is free and open to the public.
Due to inclement weather, all Union campuses will be closed on Thursday, March 5, with all day classes canceled.
A decision on evening classes at Jackson and Germantown will be made by noon on Thursday. Hendersonville evening classes are canceled.
The wellness center will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., and the aquatic center will be open from 1-3 p.m.