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Jubilee 2013: It might transform everything

(Pittsburgh) February 8, 2013 — During the weekend of February 15-17, 2013, hundreds of college students will descend on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh for the annual Jubilee conference hosted by the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach).

Every February since 1978, Jubilee has taken place in Pittsburgh to give students opportunities to learn about what it means to live out their Christian faith in every area of their lives.

“I think that some of the most important and profound things I’ve learned about myself, God, and the world I learned at Jubilee,” says Katrina Hansen, a 2012 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. “From the speakers, but also from the conversations with other student and CCO staff, Jubilee has this way of creating a space for real talk. Many of the ways that I strive to live my life are a result of something I heard, said, or thought on Jubilee.” Katrina is now a graduate student, preparing for a career as an occupational therapist.

The theme of Jubilee 2013 is “Transform Everything.” More than 70 speakers, authors, artists, and musicians will engage college students, challenging them to make a difference in the world by studying, working, playing, and living to God’s glory.

This year’s speakers include Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ Director of Mobilizing; Pittsburgh native Terry Thomas, professor and Director of Geneva College’s Student Ministry Program; and Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

“To see the arts and sciences, culture and politics, as important arenas for Christian service is life-changing,” says yearly attendee and book shop owner Byron Borger, who will also present a workshop at Jubilee. “[My wife and I] can hardly think of anything more urgent, helping tomorrow’s leaders relate the deepest things of faith and spirituality to the problems and possibilities of the day.”

The following sponsors committed extra resources to make Jubilee 2013 possible:

The Action Institute is a leading international educational organization focused on promoting a free society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization caring for orphans and vulnerable children on five continents.

Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

GoCorps is an organization focused on sending recent college graduates on two year missions trips to the poorest and least reached groups in the world.

The High Calling ( creates an online community by actively listening and educating people about work, life, and God.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people.

Knox Theological Seminary is an independent evangelical seminary, with a vision to “rekindle a reformation in our own time and take the transforming truth of Jesus Christ to the world.”

LIBERATE celebrates the liberating power of the gospel by hosting an annual conference in February at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The LIBERATE conference offers encouragement through speakers who bring God’s two words of law and gospel to specific parts our daily lives, fellowship with new and old friends, and grace saturated worship.

PovertyCure is an international coalition of organizations and individuals committed to entrepreneurial solutions to poverty that challenge the status quo and champion the creative potential of the human person.

Resolution Hope is a national campaign to end child trafficking, with a vision to stop domestic minor sex trafficking and exploitation in the United States.

She’s My Sister™ is a program from American Bible Society which brings Bible-based trauma healing to repair spiritual and emotional wounds caused by decades of brutal conflict in Great Lakes Africa.

Threads // Lifeway is a movement that encourages churches to reach a generation of people who are largely outside the church. The core values for Threads are service, community, connection, and experience.

The CCO is an organization committed to transforming college students to transform the world. They accomplish this by partnering with churches, colleges, and organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life. Currently, 225 CCO staff members are reaching out to students on 104 college campuses.

Contact: CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)
Vince Burens, Executive Vice President
412.363.3303 ext. 141, vburens {at} ccojubilee(.)org