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Film director and producer Michael Matheson Miller of the Acton Institute introduced his film POVERTY, INC. at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service before its showing in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center (OCUBIC) on November 14. Miller also addressed the School of Business & Government’s students in a session of its Distinguished Speakers Series, focusing his talk on causes of chronic poverty and how to improve the model for delivering aid.

Winner of 60+ international film festival honors, the Templeton Freedom Award, and the Best Documentary Award from the FIFE Environmental Film Festival in Paris, this documentary explores a fundamentally Christian principle of selfless agape love for others which has contributed to its positive reception by diverse audiences. Spotlighting flaws in global aid and social development, this engaging film examines unsuccessful efforts to aid the poor in developing nations.

POVERTY INC. underscores the importance of meeting the challenges of worldwide poverty by seeing ‘the poor’ as human beings whose needs are best to be met by treating them as ‘subjects’ deserving of the compassion and respect of providers of humanitarian charity. Showing Christ’s selfless agape love of others enables ‘human flourishing,’ the aim of givers. Such caring goes beyond delivering material resources and social engineering. 

Miller asserts that technocratic approaches to social engineering have not succeeded in eliminating poverty because they view the poor as ‘objects’ with problems to be solved. They fail because they are naïve intervention. “Instead of seeing the poor as objects to be treated, the givers of charity should view the needy as ‘subjects’ to be cared for and loved,” concludes Miller.

Miller studies the effects of humanitarian aid programs and the model for delivering assistance with their best intentions. He critiques the ‘mental model’ behind these efforts, drawing from his observations and studies of communities who are receiving aid. He concludes that “givers of aid need to address the causes of chronic poverty.  Namely, the poor lack of ability to establish clear ownership of land, exclusion from access to courts of law for justice, barriers to participation in the formal economy, and lack of access to capital resources, i.e., business loans."  

Miller summarizes his view of why aid programs have fallen short by paraphrasing a philosopher’s adage that “When charity is separated from the truth about the situation it degenerates into sentimentality.”

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Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Published: July 19, 2019

Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings, professional development programs and listen to over two dozen renowned speakers on current issues. “Forge is raising up a farm system for the conservative movement in the state [of Ohio],” said Co-
Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings,
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Ohio Christian Offers New Concentrations for Online Business Program

Overhead view of the main Ohio Christian campus

Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
Ohio Christian University recently announced two new concentrations in the Bachelor of Arts in Business degree for students in the Adult
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Happy Independence Day – Praise God for our Freedom!

Happy Independence Day – Praise God for our Freedom! image

Published: July 1, 2019

By Dr. Bradford Sample On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s draft of “The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America” after about one month of writing, review, and debate. Members of Congress did not argue over the philosophy or basic tenets of the document. Among its most powerful and well-remembered phrases are “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This
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Students Travel to Alabama, Gaining Sports Business Experience

Students Travel to Alabama, Gaining Sports Business Experience image

Published: May 13, 2019

The Ohio Christian University athletic department and School of Business and Government recently took a trip to Alabama to learn about careers in the sports business field, and network with professionals in the industry. Just a few of the businesses that students had the opportunity to visit were The United States Sports Academy, SEC headquarters, and Reese’s Senior Bowl. After visiting the United States Sports Academy, Ohio Christian University students were featured in a publication for The United States Sports Academy titled, “The Academy.” The feature briefly touched on what
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Tom Minnery Named 2019 Faith & Liberty Award Recipient image

Tom Minnery Named 2019 Faith & Liberty Award Recipient

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Published: April 30, 2019

On Thursday April 18th, Ohio Christian University School of Business and Government presented Tom Minnery with its annual Faith
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Published: December 6, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and participates in an Apprenticeship at Grace Fellowship that inform his higher education. Having a passion for youth, playing and teaching piano, coaching and playing soccer, and leading groups, Blevins
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management
OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Accounting Majors Tour Kenworth Manufacturing Facility

OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Published: November 28, 2018

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8th Annual Small Business Round Table

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8th Annual Small Business Round Table

Published: November 28, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business & Government® hosted their 8th annual Small Business Round Table on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, the University's facility for business development and innovation. This event brought together over eighty students and four small business owners. The discussion focused on starting and managing a small business. Business executives at this year’s Round Table were Jesse Lear and Travis Smith, founders of V.I.P Waste Services; Mike Cessna, owner of My Auto Care, Bella Freight, and Redline Wear; 
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
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Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community

Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community image

Published: November 1, 2018

By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga, president of the Circleville school since last year, said to reach not only the school's business students but also the community at large, Ohio Christian last August launched the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. "We are a great front door for anyone who wants to do business here," he said. "The 22,000-square-foot, collaborative space is very much community endeavor," Kulaga said
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Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Published: October 23, 2018

Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22. His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and Government annual Distinguished Speaker Series. Perkins addressed the need for Christians in America to show courage in the face of threats to the tenets of the faith. The keystone of his message is
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Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel