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"Prevailing values are not Christian.
"The situation's different than it was even 25 or 50 years ago."
That's the message over 400 university students heard at the second National Charismatic Conference for University Students here.
It came from Douglas Gavrilides, 29, conference coordinator and one of 20 coordinators of Ann Arbor's 1,400member Word of God charismatic neo-Pentecostal community,
Students need support in meeting "the challenges of prevailing secular attitudes," said Gavrilides.
Concerning prevailing secular attitudes, students need to know what they can accept and what they should, as Christians, resist, said Gavrilides.
Students and university faculty members attending the three-day conference which ended this week also received instruction in daily life and order, handling personal commitments and determining directions for their lives.
One student came all the way from Tokyo, where she attends Tokyo University, to attend the conference and also to see firsthand the Word of God community. The Word of God touts itself as the only Christian community of its type in the country, featuring some 50 "households'' where charismatic Christians extol a life-style they see as reminiscent of the first century A.D. Members of the ecumenical community also hold memberships in some 40 Ann Arbor area churches.
Students also came from as far as Puerto Rico and California and paid the $15 conference fee to attend the meetings held at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School. Most of those attending the conference stayed in homes of Word of God members.
The conference was designed for the general student as well as for student leaders, said Gavrilides. Conference theme was "Preaching the Gospel in A Post-Christian Era."
Those attending the conference also heard from James McFadden, head coordinator of the Word of God and former dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources.
Some 300 persons attended last year's conference.