Houghton, NY. A banner on a light pole near their library reads, “Deeply Christian.” That’s what I found at Houghton College—committed faculty and students seeking to live out their faith deeply. At the largest gathering we had on campus (with 75 of the 900 students present), 64 percent identified as Republicans, 36 percent as Democrats. Seventy-one percent answered that climate change is real and human caused. The Ithaca College Republicans in cooperation with the Houghton College Republicans live-streamed the event so students not in attendance could participate in the Q&A by Twitter. We’re grateful to those College Republican chapters and to our additional co-hosts: New York Federation of Young Republicans, the Houghton Office of Sustainability, and the (New York) Conservative Color Coalition.
I’m also grateful for the time I was able to spend with Houghton College’s impressive president, Shirley Mullen. President Mullen is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals where her leadership on climate could prove instrumental.
The large-group lecture, the two classroom discussions, a dinner with a small group of student and faculty leaders and a couple of informal meals all were data points on an established trend line: young evangelicals want to be faithful in their calling to care for the Creation.
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