PHILADELPHIA--(The Justice Conference, a two-day annual event that focuses on justice-related issues like human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on February 22-24, 2013. Organized by World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, along with Kilns College, the third annual conference, which is being held on the East Coast for the first time this year, is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees and over 200 exhibitors. This year’s conference also coincides with a special film festival focusing on how art and film shape global culture.)--
“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
“This is our third annual Justice Conference and we are celebrating this important milestone by featuring a slate of distinguished speakers,” said Stephan Bauman, president of World Relief. “Ranging from a Pulitzer Prize winner, a New York Times best-selling author and a student leader, our presenters will participate in panel discussions to help spark conversations among attendees about finding real solutions to injustice and oppression. This has always been the goal of this conference – to provide an open platform for communication and to create tools that will help to fix the problems of our communities.”
Confirmed speakers for this year’s conference include:
• Eugene Cho – Founder of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots organization and movement that aims to inspire millions of people to give their “One Day’s Wages” to fight and end extreme global poverty.
• Sheryl Wudunn – The first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize and co-author of the New York Times Bestseller “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
• Gary Haugen – President and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
• Chai Ling – One of the student leaders in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Today she is Founder of All Girls Allowed, a humanitarian organization working to restore value to girls in China.
• John M. Perkins – Civil rights pioneer and activist and founder of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation.
• Lynn Hybels – Founder of Willow Creek Community Church, and author of “Nice Girls Don’t Change the World.”
The event is also made possible by RELEVANT Magazine, a leading magazine covering God, progressive culture and intentional living.
About World Relief
World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, is a faith-based international relief and development organization committed to serving the most vulnerable populations through the local church. World Relief currently works on five continents, in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. In the United States, World Relief focuses on serving the foreign-born, including providing immigration legal services to refugees, asylees, parolees, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable immigrants in twenty-four cities around the country. World Relief also supports churches in developing immigration legal services programs. Since 1979, World Relief has resettled over 236,000 refugees in the United States. For more information: www.worldrelief.org
About Kilns College
Kilns College is a Christian college offering a one-year Biblical Studies Diploma, a one-year Bible & Arts Diploma, and a two-year Biblical Studies Degree. The school’s method is a marriage of classical education approaches with a strong focus on social justice and missions. Kilns College seeks to educate, motivate, and prepare individuals to fulfill the demands and desires that God has placed on their hearts. For more information: www.kilnscollege.org