There are 3 conferences coming up that I would like to attend, have been invited to go to and want to encourage you also to go, if your able to.
- The first one is Surrender at Melbourne. 13th – 17th March 2013. It’s more of a youth orientated conference to stir the young and young at heart passion for Jesus to be made known in our community. A group are going down from Sydney for this event and if your from Sydney and interested in car pooling, let me know straight away, and ill put you in contact with the organisers.
- The second is organised by a friend on the 5th – 6th July, 2013. It’s theme this year is, “Is The Church Past Its Use By Date?” This is a family orientated conference and all will be warmly welcomed.
- The 3rd conference I want to go to is “International Conference on Pentecostal Theology in the Marketplace.” On the 1th – 12th July 2013. The keynote speaker is Amos Young, who is the J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach U.S.A. The stream that really interests me is one chaired by Dr Shane Clifton on the topic of “Faith, social justice, and disability”
The social responsibility of the church is sometimes pilloried from the left and the right. On the one hand, Christians have been known to prioritise “saving souls” over social justice and, on the other hand, secularists have become increasingly vocal in their insistence that the church stay out of the public sphere.
In this session, we are looking for papers that explore the church’s role in promoting and acting for social justice. In the context of the Australian government’s intended rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we are particularly interested in papers that pertain to justice and disability (although papers considering broader issues of justice will also be accepted).