(JCC) THE CULT & THE CROSS: THE WAY, 50 CE
Chair: RAPHY HUPez
GRAND CRISIS MANAGER: MARGARET HODSON
Crisis Manager: Áine CRINION
APPROXIMATE COMMITTEE SIZE: 20
The year is 50 CE. It’s been a decade and a half since Jesus of Nazareth -- a Jewish carpenter’s son from a backwater village in the Roman Empire -- was crucified at the hands of Pontius Pilate. Early followers of Jesus, who call themselves “The Way,” are a scrappy group of new believers that face persecution and seemingly insurmountable odds as they attempt to spread their message. The Way’s rival ideology is the Cult of Mithras, a mystic religion whose adherents meet in underground temples and swear an oath of secrecy. Mithras is an ancient Persian god quickly gaining in popularity with the Roman military. The Cult of Mithras is also expanding to Roman Africa, Roman Britain, and Roman Syria at the same time that The Way’s missionary activities are stretching towards Antioch, Corinth, Cyprus, and Alexandria. These two groups are engaged in fierce ideological competition to gain adherents, the results of which could forever transform the history of the Roman Empire and the Western world.
Originally, the followers of The Way maintained their Jewish faith in many ways, such as still attending temple and reading the Torah. However, Jesus’ apostles are engaged in an internal debate about whether they should speed up expansion to Gentile populations in the Hellenistic world and make adaptations to their ideology or continue focusing on Jewish tradition. Apostles and preachers are quickly spreading The Way throughout the Roman Empire and have even been loosely organizing themselves into congregations. In addition, sometimes allies of The Way have arisen in strange locations. For example, around 33 AD, the Pharisee Saul was sent from Jerusalem to Damascus with a mandate from the Jewish High priest to arrest followers of Jesus. While on the road to Damascus, Saul saw a blinding light, heard the voice of God, and was converted to the Way. He henceforth became “Paul” and was amongst the most fervent of Jesus’ apostles in spreading the faith across the Roman Empire. Paul’s experience represents the persecution and challenges faced by the Way and the deep fervour of early apostles. The Way must contend with the Cult of Mithras, and ancient mystic religion that is also quickly spreading in the Roman Empire and gaining adherents. It’s up to you to ensure that the word of God emerges triumphant in this battle to win hearts and minds in the Roman world.
Expansion of Ideology
Political & Social Structures of Ancient Rome
Human Migration & Inter-Cultural Exchange
background guide coming soon
NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the JCC: The Way are as follows. Delegates will:
Understand how to develop a religious ideology and gain adherents
Learn about the political and social structure of ancient Rome
Participate in building regional networks throughout vast swathes of disparate territories in the 1st century
About the Chair
Raphy Hupez is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2021, majoring in International Economics and minoring in Italian. Her international upbringing growing up in New Delhi, Istanbul, Hong Kong, and Washington, D.C. sparked her interest in international affairs. She attended NAIMUN twice as a delegate and has staffed twice as well, once as a Crisis Analyst for INTERPOL and once as Chair for Vercingetorix's Confederation. She is very involved with with NAIMUN's sister conference, NCSC, which is for college students and served as Executive Director for NCSC XLVII. Outside of Model UN, Raphy is involved with the Georgetown University Lecture Fund and co-curricular theater on campus having served as Technical Director and Producer for Nomadic Theatre. Raphy loves going to bakeries with friends as they help her in her quest of finding DC’s best french pastries. She is incredibly excited to be serving as your Chair for JCC: The Way at NAIMUN LVII!
About the grand Crisis Manager
Margaret is a member of the Class of 2020 studying International Politics with a concentration in International Law, Institutions, and Ethics and a minor in Arabic. She is very excited to be the Grand Crisis Manager for this year’s Joint Crisis Committees at NAIMUN LVII. In the past, Margaret has served as the Crisis Manager for the Cabinet of the Ivory Coast, 2011 at the 47th National Collegiate Security Conference Crisis (NCSC XLVII), the Crisis Manager for the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General at the 56th North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference (NAIMUN LVI), and the Director of Registration for NAIMUN LV. Outside of staffing Model United Nations conferences, Margaret can be found working at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and tutoring refugee students through Jesuit Worldwide Learning. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring DC and eating smoothie bowls. Margaret can’t wait to welcome you all to NAIMUN LVII for a fast-paced and exciting committee!
About the Crisis Manager
Áine Crinion is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2022 and is studying International Politics and Spanish. Originally from Ireland, she now proudly lives in the barren abyss that is South Dakota (yes, the one with Mt. Rushmore). Though her high school didn’t have Model UN, she was a debater for all four years and now enjoys traveling with Georgetown’s Model UN team and staffing Georgetown’s two conferences, NAIMUN and NCSC. When not doing Model UN, she welcomes new admitted students with the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP) and is on Georgetown’s Federal Relations Committee as a congressional liaison. In her free time, she enjoys watching cheesy rom-coms, singing and playing Mamma Mia on the piano, and defending her love of Taylor Swift’s music to anyone who will listen. Áine is thrilled to be a Crisis Manager at NAIMUN LVII and can’t wait to welcome you all to DC!