Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

TKM WilliamWilberforce If William Wilberforce was alive today, what might he consider the world's leading injustices and what might he do about them? We take up this question with sociologists Dr. Kevin Neuhouser and Dr. Jennifer McKinney of Seattle Pacific University and Rev. Ken Kierstead of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. We also enjoy a vignette from Wilberforce's life performed by Dr. George Scranton, theatre professor at Seattle Pacific University, as adapted from Murray Watt's play, "The Walk." William Wilberforce was a British politician and philanthropist who joined Parliament in 1780 at the age of 21. In 1785 Wilberforce underwent a spiritual encounter, which he described as a conversion experience. He resolved to commit his future life and work wholly in the service of God, and one of the people he received advice from was John Newton, the leading evangelical Anglican clergyman. All those he sought advice from, including the future Prime Minister William Pitt, counseled him to remain in politics. He began a lifelong campaign to end slavery. His commitment to fighting for justice was exemplary and tonight we ask---were Wilberforce alive today---what would he consider the world's leading injustices---and what might he do about them? Post your comments below.