Oklahoma Christian to host best-selling author promoting love, missions

Jen Hatmaker will be speaking on the Oklahoma Christian campus Jan. 23.  Online photo.

Jen Hatmaker will be speaking on the Oklahoma Christian campus Jan. 23. Online photo.

Oklahoma Christian University is welcoming author Jen Hatmaker to campus to share her thoughts on life, love and Jesus.

The Ethos Project, Oklahoma Christian’s spiritual life development program, is sponsoring the Jan. 23 event. Spiritual Life Director Summer Lashley said she is excited to hear from Hatmaker.

“I’m thrilled that Jen is coming to campus,” Lashley said. “She is honest, funny and a great communicator.”

According to Lashley, Hatmaker doesn’t have a direct connection to Oklahoma Christian, but is connected through her love for Jesus and her love for other people. Lashley said she, along with the rest of the Ethos Project, have been planning for her visit since May 2015. Although Hatmaker has never spoken on Oklahoma Christian’s campus before, Lashley said Hatmaker’s work has already inspired many.

“Lots of people on this campus have participated in her studies,” Lashley said. ”She relates well to people and she’s just plain hilarious.”

Lashley said Hatmaker’s work is reputable among those involved with The Ethos Project. According to Lashley, the project members love Hatmaker’s books, which include, “For The Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards,” “Interrupted” and “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.

After attending this event, Lashley said she wants the audience to be inspired to care more about Jesus and others. She also said her hope is for the audience to work harder at loving others.

“I hope people are inspired to take Jesus and his message way more seriously than they take themselves,” Lashley said.

Aside from Hatmaker’s speech, there is an event that will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where those in attendance are invited to enjoy refreshments in the McIntosh Conservatory. Lashley said they are not selling refreshments at a fixed price, but encourage visitors to give a donation that goes directly to support The Havens in Kalomo, Zambia.

Hatmaker will speak at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. and will discuss the same topic at both times.  More information and tickets are available online.

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