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Kingdom Come: Embracing the Call of Justice & Compassion

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Saanich Baptist Church

4347 Wilkinson Road

Victoria, BC V8Z 5B8

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What does it mean for the Kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven?

As followers of Christ, we are called to seek justice and live compassionately. Beyond fleeting social justice fads or trendy charity campaigns, our long-standing mission and identity as the Church is to defend and care for the world’s most vulnerable. In a world full of brokenness, what does it look like for the Church to respond to poverty and injustice in ways that are rooted in the way of Jesus?

Presented by Compassion Canada and International Justice Mission Canada, Kingdom Come seeks to challenge and equip the Church to be champions of justice and compassion. Join us as we explore our unique calling to respond to poverty and injustice at home and around the world.

Main sessions featuring Mary Glenn (Co-President, Cities Together; Affiliate Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary), Ed Wilson (Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada), and Barry Slauenwhite (President & CEO, Compassion Canada).



SCHEDULE *subject to change

Friday, June 2, 2017

7PM | SESSION 1 with Ed Wilson

8PM | BREAK

8:15PM | SESSION 2 with Barry Slauenwhite

8:50 | EVENING ENDS


Saturday, June 3, 2017

9AM | SESSION 3 with Mary Glenn

10AM | BREAK

10:30AM | SESSION 4 with Ed Wilson

11:00AM | PANEL DISCUSSION: Engaging Locally with Justice & Compassion

11:45AM | LUNCH

1:15PM | WORKSHOPS *see options below

2:15PM | BREAK

2:30PM | SESSION 5 with Barry Slauenwhite

3:30 | CONFERENCE ENDS



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mary Glenn, Co-President, Cities Together; Affiliate Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary

Mary Glenn is a bridge builder, chaplain and educator. She is an adjunct professor with Bakke Graduate University, Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University, as well as the Co-President of Cities Together, a Christian non-profit organization that coaches and trains leaders in seeking God's peace in their cities. She has over 20 years of pastoral experience, including three years at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Richmond, B.C. She has served as a national board member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and currently serves on the board of Central City Community Outreach in Downtown Los Angeles. Mary holds a D.Min. from Bakke Graduate University, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, an M.A. from Regent College and a B.A. from San Diego State University.

Mary will be speaking about the theology of place, challenging us to see how God is present in our spaces and equipping us with practical tools to engage locally.


Ed Wilson, Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada

Ed Wilson is IJM Canada's Executive Director. In this role, Ed provides strategic and visionary leadership to the mission and vision of IJM in Canada, in order to rescue victims of violence and protect the poor by strengthening their justice systems. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Ed served as Chief Operating Officer for eight years, during which time he helped lead IJM Canada's dramatic growth in revenue and impact. Ed holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.Ed. from Queen's University in Kingston. Ed and his wife Judy live in London, Ontario and are parents to three adult children and grandparents to three.

Ed will be speaking about the theology of justice, challenging us to confront violence and oppression with the hope of Christ.


Barry Slauenwhite, President & CEO, Compassion Canada

Barry Slauenwhite is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion Canada. Barry initially joined Compassion in 1983 as Vice President of Marketing, with the goal of extending the organization’s reach nationwide. Today, Compassion Canada serves more than 100,000 children through its network of sponsors coast to coast. Throughout his career, Barry’s advocacy for the poor has brought him to more than 60 countries. Barry holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Okanagan Bible College, a Masters in Christian Leadership from CREST leadership development program and a Doctor of Divinity from Canada Christian College. Barry and his wife, Sharon, live in London, Ontario, and have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Barry will be speaking about the theology of poverty, challenging us to respond to poverty compassionately, strategically, and in Christ-centred ways.



PANEL DISCUSSION

Engaging Locally with Justice and Compassion

Responding to poverty and injustice globally is vitally important, but there are also immense needs in our own communities. What does it look like to live justly and compassionately right here at home? As the Church, what does it look like to pursue justice as we preach the gospel and make disciples, and vice versa? We will hear from a diverse group of voices who will share what it looks like in their contexts to respond locally to poverty and injustice in ways that fulfill the Great Commission.

Panelists: TBA



WORKSHOP OPTIONS

1. Leading your Church with a Theology of Justice and Compassion

Q&A with Ed Wilson, Barry Slauenwhite & Steve Sundby

What does it look like for the Church to root our responses to poverty and injustice in scripture and sound theology, rather than just fleeting fads and surface-level engagement? Join us as we explore what it looks like to lead your congregation in pursuing compassion and justice in Christ-centred ways.


2. Seeking Justice in an Unjust World

Philip Reilly, Director of Development & Mobilization - BC, International Justice Mission

Throughout scripture, pursuing justice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable was a gateway for the Kingdom of God to be ushered in. This same opportunity exists today. Join with us as we explore what it means to be bearers of God’s truth, bringing hope, love & salvation to our broken world.


3. Becoming a Compassionate and Just Family

Allison Alley, National Advocacy Manager, Compassion Canada

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, pursuing justice and acting with compassion can just seem like another thing to add to your family’s list. But what does it look like to pursue compassion and justice as lifestyle for your family? One that gives your family’s faith new energy and life? Join us as we explore Biblical truth and practical tips to pursue justice and compassion as a family.


4. The High Cost of Seeking Justice

Mark Wollenberg, National Director of Church Mobilization, International Justice Mission

Justice has become a bit of a trendy buzzword. But the reality is that the pursuit of justice is not a quick or glamourous endeavor. It requires perseverance, dedication and relentlessness. Join us as we explore what is required to stand firm in the fight for justice for the oppressed.


5. Empowering a Compassionate Generation

Colin Ashton, Ministry Relations Manager, Compassion Canada

Alyssa Esparaz, Advocacy Associate, Compassion Canada

As youth pastors and youth leaders, how can we empower our youth to respond to poverty and injustice in Christ-centred ways? How might this enhance their understanding of the Gospel and bring their faith to life? Join us as we explore what it would look like for an entire generation of students to embrace lifestyles of compassion and justice.

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