Peter Teagle is the Head of Events Speaking at Friends International. In February 2019, he and others from the team will be speaking at universities across the country.
"As I write we have just finished the second of two training overnighters (Oxford and Glasgow) seeking to equip speakers for, among other things, international student tracks at university events weeks.
The need and appetite for such learning groups reflect a growing vision amongst CUs (Christian Unions) to hold international talks at their events weeks.
As I prepare to speak at Leeds and Southampton this time around, I am excited once more about the opportunities and importance of such talks. But what is my reason for promoting them? Simply this: international student talks are NOT the 'English-made-easy' version of the 'main' talks, rather they are an opportunity to address the different worldviews, presuppositions, apologetic questions and heart-issues that (particularly) non-western students have, and to do so in an accessible, understandable, culturally sensitive way.
"...international student talks are NOT the 'English-made-easy' version of the 'main' talks..."
After a talk I did some while ago, a Christian worker told me that she had been watching a Chinese poatgrad texting his friend through the earlier part of my message. "Hoping this won't take too long, I will get out of this event as soon as I can". Then, as he began to see how the talk spoke directly into his values as a Chinese person, texted: "Wait, this is for me," and put his phone away and stayed.
I say this not to boast, but to share what my vision for international talks are for: to resonate in such a way that students from cultures very different from our own can say, this is for me!"
— Peter Teagle, Head of Events Speaking.
Upcoming CU Events Weeks with International Student Talks:
London city-wide CU Mission Week: 28th-31st Jan
Birmingham Mission Week: 28th-31st Jan
Leeds Mission Week: 4th-8th Feb (Peter Teagle speaking)
Southampton Mission Week: 11th-15th Feb (Peter Teagle speaking)
Manchester city-wide Mission Week: 11th-15th Feb (Graham Stockton speaking)
Canterbury city-wide Mission Week: 18th-22nd Feb
Liverpool Mission Week: 18th-22nd Feb (Graham Stockton speaking)
Lancaster Mission Week: 26th Feb-2nd March (Tom Hudson speaking)