The Justice Conference will be simulcast at the Friends Church YorbaLinda Friday, February 22 starting at 6 pm through Saturday, February 23. The Justice Conference is an annual event to promote dialogue around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, featuring internationally acclaimed speakers.
World class speakers will include: Eugene Cho, Brenda SalterMcNeil, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Gary Haugan (International Justice Mission), Sheryl WuDunn (Half the Sky), Dr. John Perkins, Chai Ling, Lynn Hybels, KenWytsma, Stephan Bauman, Richard Twiss, Lisa Sharon Harper, Leroy Barber, NoelCastellanos, Claire Diaz Ortiz, and Shane Claiborne.
The Justice Conference was founded in 2010 with a group of like-minded friends in Bend, Oregon, who dreamed of impacting a generation for justice. The conference has grown each year with 5,000 people expected this year at the Philadelphia site. The local simulcast of The Justice Conference is brought to Southern California by Friends Church Yorba Linda, partnering with World Relief Garden Grove, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, and The House at Whittier Area Community Church. Other participants include Solidarity, Fullerton; Mika Community Development Corporation, Costa Mesa, World Vision, and more.
The Justice Conference has grown to become one of the largest international gatherings on social and biblical justice. The vision of the conference is to reach tens of thousands of people over the next decade through an annual gathering that educates, inspires and connects a generation to a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is motivated by the driving value of the conference, a theology of justice, that an understanding of God should compel love for others and engagement in justice.
“At World Relief we believe that God is calling the broadest most diverse social network on the planet—the Church—to engage in the great causes of our day. This is why the inspirational and educational work of The Justice Conference is so important as we empower to do the ministry God calls us to do in a fast changing world,” said Glen Peterson, Office Director, World Relief Garden Grove.
The Justice Conference is a movement of students, teachers, business people, parents, artists, social entrepreneurs, pastors, advocates and academics all of whom are discovering the paradox that true life is found when we give our lives away on behalf of others. Organizations that minister in Southern California will be on hand to introduce opportunities for involvement as people are inspired by the conference speakers.
On Friday night, February 22 at 9pm the full-length feature film NOT TODAY will be screened as a part of the Friends Church Yorba Linda simulcast of the conference. Not Today tells the story of a privileged, 20-year-old, American tourist confronted by the reality of human trafficking in India. This film exposes the problem of sex trafficking in our time. While presenting no easy answers there are steps that communities can take to change lives. You can be among the first to see this high impact film that will be in theaters nationwide in April of this year.
“We believe that over the next few years we will continue to make a huge difference by bringing freedom to those in need locally and in India to the Dalit people (the Untouchables)! This freedom will happen as we empower tomorrow's generation with knowledge and resources so they might have hope and envision a new future. The Justice Conference is part of that strategy,” said Skip Landfried, Global Freedom Pastor, Friends Church Yorba Linda.
Registration for the simulcast of The Justice Conference is available here.
For more information contact: Glen Peterson, World Relief Garden Grove, email@example.com or Skip Lanfried, Friends Church Yorba Linda, firstname.lastname@example.org
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