Violence from the Middle East to the campus of Virginia Tech draws peace and justice advocates together for November conference

May 03, 2007

Those in our world who are "voiceless" cry out for partners and advocates to work toward peace and justice. The Living Faith Seeking Justice conference, sponsored by the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society, will gather congregations from around the globe to share their stories of working for peace and justice to accomplish change in the attitudes, structures, and trends that continue to silence those whose voices are ignored.

 

The conference, which will be held in Forth Worth, Texas, November 1-4, 2007, will include several ways for attendees to share their work and learn from what others are doing, including general session speakers, workshops, a "Cityscape" space that will highlight art that reflects justice, and site visits to several ministries that illustrate a commitment to justice in what they do and how they do it.

 

"Violence abounds from the Middle East to the campus of Virginia Tech," says General Secretary James Winkler. "How do congregations participate in helping to provide an alternative – a vision of a just and peaceful society – and then act together to carry out that vision? That's what this conference will give people a chance to do. Everyone who gathers in Fort Worth will have an opportunity to hear, learn, and discuss solutions."

 

Conference workshops will be grouped into five categories: health and wholeness, gender justice, peace with justice, economic and environmental justice, and civil and human rights. Conference participants can expect the workshops to be experiential and interactive, giving them an opportunity not only to hear what the workshop leader has to say but also to share their own experiences and to hear from others.

 

Find out more about the conference or register at www.umc-gbcs.org/livingfaith.