2011 Peace Conference to address poverty

The fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference, “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace: Seeking Economic Justice for All God’s Children,” on November 13-15, 2011, will lift up some of the systemic causes of poverty and economic disparity to help participants better understand these issues and to be equipped as change agents to work for alleviating these causes of poverty for a more just and peaceful world

Speakers for this year’s conference include Senator George McGovern; Dr. David Beckmann, Executive Director of Bread for the World; Bishop Nkula Ntambo of the Katanga Conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Michael Ayuen de Kuany, one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan."
“Dr. Beckmann, Senator McGovern and Bishop Ntambo each bring a long history of effective involvement in issues related to peace, poverty, and hunger,” explained Garland Young and Wannamaker Hardin, Chair and vice-chair of the Peace Conference. “They will help us explore ways to be more effective in our witness and involvement in seeking peace and justice for all. The inter-faith approach to peace will continue to be an emphasis of this conference with Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders taking part."

In keeping with the commitment of the Peace Conference to Interfaith peacemaking, the Conference will also feature an interfaith panel featuring  Jewish, Muslim and Christian scholars on the topic, “Our Sacred Texts Speak to Us in Regard to Peace, Justice and Economics.”

Senator George McGovern

A special session will also feature speakers on the topic of “Corporate Social Responsibility,” as the Conference looks at ways foundations, faith communities, and individuals can work for a more just economic order through responsible investing.  Speakers will be Dr. Tom Stephens, Managing Director of Prescient360 Group, an advisor for many years to corporations, government, and institutions on issues of corporate responsibility, and Vidette Bullock Mixon, who will represent the United Methodist Board of Pensions socially responsible investing policies.

Through plenary sessions and breakout groups participants will have many opportunities to hear about the issues affecting economic justice and ways all persons can work for a more equitable and peaceful world.  Additional speakers and events will be announced as they are confirmed

For more information on the Conference and to register go to www.lakejunaluska.com/peace.   

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