Earlier this moth, 250 students sat tucked away in an Episcopal church just north of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as part of a weeklong “UNC 24/7 Prayer” event.
UNC Student Jessica Adams contrasted this event to another, of a very different nature, that occurred the same time on campus.
The university’s Student Union played host to a workshop called “Orgasm? Yes, Please!” The event was advertised to students with the tagline: “Learn how to have AMAZING sex and enter to win a sex toy!” A variety of condoms, lubricants and sex toys were doled out during the workshop thanks to the generosity of two adult sex shops near the campus: Adam & Eve and Cherry Pie, organizers stated.
At least one student who took part in the prayer week event the evening of April 10 asked God to touch the hearts and minds of the students who were nearby learning about how to pleasure themselves and put on condoms properly.
That both activities took place at the same time was coincidental, but it does illustrate the vast chasm between the priorities of students at UNC Chapel Hill, something that is likely mirrored at universities across the nation.
The hundreds of students who participated in UNC 24/7 Prayer were not asked specifically to pray for their campus community, but without a doubt – that was among the topics broached in the silence of their hearts and minds, said one of the observance’s organizers, Nathan Tilley.
“We want it to be a way that God works in and through students to make His Kingdom to become present here on campus,” Tilley told The College Fix. “Who knows what effects might come from a week of intensified prayer?”
Tilley added that praying on and for the campus makes sense.
“This is our ‘city’, so to speak,” he said. “We live on or near campus, we work or study here, and we have the majority of our social and extracurricular life in or around the university community.”
The recent observance marked the seventh consecutive year the weeklong student prayer effort has occurred at UNC Chapel Hill. Members of about 15 campus ministries took part, including Cornerstone, InterVarsity, Every Nation, Reformed University Fellowship and others.