BY RACHEL del GUIDICE
Students for Life and Equipped to Engage recently found a new way to bring together food, entertainment and pro-life apologetics in the form of a Pro-Life Game Show.
This first-of-its-kind event, held on April 8 at 9 p.m. in the Gentile Gallery, invited students on campus to become more knowledgeable about how to articulate a pro-life viewpoint when engaging in debate on life issues.
Grace Daigler, director of Equipped to Engage said that the game show was “our way to teach the students on campus what we have been learning as a pro-life apologetics group. This event is an exciting way to learn how to have a pro-life discussion and is presented in a more engaging format, not just another talk.”
The singular goal of Equipped to Engage, a new outreach of Students for Life formed last semester, is to train pro-life apologists to be respectful and articulate communicators.
Students in attendance at the game show watched as two teams competed in giving the most accurate and well-formed responses to a varied selection of pro-life queries.
The contestants, who had volunteered their services before the event, engaged in friendly and challenging dialogue in order to show the audience what a thoughtful and respectful conversation should look like.
Good responses were rewarded with cheers and bad responses received a spray of whipped cream on the head.
Bryan Kemper, youth director of Priests for Life and founder of Stand True ministries served as the emcee for the event.
In responding to a question from a student on how to counsel women entering an abortion clinic, Kemper mentioned how important it is to address women expecting a child as “mom.” He said that because any pregnant woman is already a mom, it is always critical to affirm and encourage the motherhood of expectant women.
“Let her know that you are not only there for her baby, but for her as well,” Kemper said.
Following the game show, ice cream was offered for contestants and attendees to end the evening’s discussion.
Freshman Annemarie Karll said she left the night with the realization that “arguing for the pro-life cause isn’t about getting your own viewpoint across, but establishing common ground and asking questions on the other person’s view.”
Karll also encouraged fellow students to take advantage of pro-life apologetic events on campus.
“It is important […] ,” she said, “because we will need to know how to effectively defend the truth in a pro-choice culture.”