Exhibits: Presbytery of Los Ranchos Mission Coalition with Habitat for Humanity

Richard Birkemeier writes, “We propose an exhibit introducing a new Covenant Partnership between Habitat LA and Habitat OC and the Presbytery of Los Ranchos. Individual churches have supported HH for years, but this will be the first Presbytery-wide effort. This new (began in Oct. 2015) initiative promises to increase the effectiveness of our response to…

Breakout: Four Global Disruptive Forces and Mission Today Led by Dr. Anita Coleman

The population of the world is 7.4 billion, of whom 896 million people are destitute, the poorest of the poor. The destitute live in the fragile contexts and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and India with little or no access to clean water, sanitation, schools, jobs, and the Internet. India alone houses 348 million destitute,…

Breakout: Lessons Learned From People-To-People Exchange and Citizen Diplomacy by Ms. Syuzanna Petrosyan

***Updated: January 25, 2016*** This session will discuss the theory and best practices of peace-building and the important role of citizen dialogue and diplomacy in this process, using examples from the Middle East, South Caucasus, Turkey, and college campuses. Syuzanna Petrosyan is an Associate Director at the Institute of Armenian Studies at University of Southern California…

Breakout: Listening to Sojourner Truth: Claiming our Creative Identity by the Rev. Lynn Gifford

In 1851 Sojourner Truth challenged just about every group she could with her bold refrain, “Ain’t I a woman?” She reminded the privileged women that she, a former slave, was a woman too.  She looked at the religious and “natural” arguments against women’s rights and had a sound and sassy rebuttal. By listening to Truth…