BOURNEVILLE, Birmingham has the pleasure of hosting the Peace, Justice & the Kingdom of God Conference on 8 June. The event is organised by many missions such as Springdale College: Together in Mission, and the Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain & Ireland, with the support of the Anabaptist Network and Urban Expression. The conference surely will address issues the poor face and methods for the missions to help them.
Many missions await the inspiring conference in June. Urban Expression Juliet Kilpin said “this day conference will provide a great opportunity to look at key issues relating to incarnational urban mission.”
The truly special ingredients for the conference are its significant keynote speakers, Ash Barker, Founder & International Director of Urban Neighbours Of Hope (UNOH), and Rev. Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge.
Ash Barker founded UNOH with his wife Anji when they relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 1992. For the last 20 years, the organisation has focused on loving God and neighbour, releasing neighbourhoods from urban poverty, and equipping for Christian discipleship and mission among the urban poor.
Other keynote speaker, Rev. Joel Edwards, has been involved with Micah Challenge since it started in 2000. The organisation is a “global coalition of Christians holding governments to account for their pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015.” Joel travels to inspire international churches to get involved in advocacy for the poor. Part of the Christian response is to educate, train and resource Christians to help against those in extreme poverty.
Looking forward to the conference, Dan Yarnell from Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Great Britain & Ireland said “I believe the work of UN-OH amongst the poor, in both Asian and Western cultures, demonstrates some of the best, creative missional engagement of Christian mission today, and therefore may be a catalyst for our own missional practices.”