In 2013 I was introduced to The Justice Conference, a gathering of evangelical, socially-minded Christians in Philadelphia around issues of justice. I was overwhelmed as over 3,000 Christians came to be challenged about local and global issues on poverty, oppression, and other issues of justice. Hundreds of organizations, agencies, NGOs, and church-centered ministries set up booths—artists, coffee entrepreneurs, hydroponics, medical practitioners, even some young ladies in middle school raising money to send poor African children to good schools.
The Justice Conference vision is “to serve the discovery of ideas, celebrate the beauty of justice, and foster a community of people who live justice together.” Althought the physical conference has found a home in Chicago, the conference is a multisite venue, being hosted in home towns and churches throughout the United States, and as well, also hosted in Hong Kong and Melbourne, Australia). They are one of the largest Biblical and Social Justice Conferences that brings world-class Speakers and artists together, all designed to catalyze emerging works of justice around the globe. The Justice Conference has emerged as one of the premier gatherings for Christian leaders, justice practitioners, students, and learners from all over the world. They seek to leverage the power of community and catalyze the work of justice globally, nationally, locally and personally.
What if Christians truly lived out the message of Jesus and transformed their communities through their love and the practice of authentic justice?
This idea was put into action by Ken Wytsma (Antioch Church, Bend) and Stephan Bauman (World Relief), who together, founded and facilitated the first The Justice Conference in 2010. Since it’s birth, momentum continues to build and the vision for The Justice Conference continues to reach thousands of people around the world, connecting a generation of men and women around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. They have created space in the life of the church and in our busy calendars for God’s church to help find practical ways to involve people in issues of justice—both in their day-to-day lives at home and around the world—by providing first rate exhibitors, literature (at the Conference Bookstore), pre-conference sessions and spotlight organizations.
The 2016 Justice Conference is scheduled for June 3-4 in Chicago. Consider joining them >>
*The content above is adapted from The Justice Conference website.
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