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MacMillan joins Bread for the World conference

Junior Laura MacMillan, an elementary education major from Elmhurst, Illinois, is passionate about caring for the creation. She’s also an activist. As a sophomore, she started a campaign to reduce paper waste on campus. That got her involved with the Justice Matters Club, which focuses on social justice issues, and its daughter club, the Creation Care Club. Today she takes a leadership role in heightening awareness of waste and the good use of resources around campus.

Laura MacMillan

Laura MacMillan

“I’m also very supportive of social justice issues,” she says, adding that Gen 300, “Calling, Task, and Culture,” has given her an opportunity to pull together many things she’s been doing and thinking about as she considers her responsibility as a citizen in today’s world. While she admits that sometimes talking about the problems of poverty and materialism and environmental care can be overwhelming, it’s also convinced her even more strongly of the need to get involved.

That’s what pushed her to apply for a scholarship to the Bread for the World Leadership Conference to be held in Washington, D.C., in June. From June 14-17, seventy-five people between the ages of seventeen and thirty-five will gather in the nation’s capital to learn how to organize and empower people to work for justice, especially in relation to those who are hungry. Following the conference, participants will lobby members of Congress on issues relating to food and poverty.

“It’s exciting and a little intimidating,” MacMillan admits. But she believes that it is her responsibility to encourage her future students, as well as people in her church and community, to be active citizens. The best way to do that is to model it. Following the expense-paid opportunity to participate in the leadership conference, MacMillan will do advocacy work for Bread for the World for the next year.