Interfaith peace conference at Lake Junaluska


        The 2011 Peace Conference at Lake Junaluska will feature leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions, brought together for one purpose: to seek economic justice for all God’s children.
       The Nov. 13-15 event is designed to promote peace by modeling cooperation and dialogue. Speakers include Bishop Ntambo, David Beckmann, former Senator George McGovern, Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Tom Stephens, Vidette Bullock Mixon, and Jim Winkler.
            Several United Methodist Foundations are supporting the conference by attending and providing scholarship assistance for seminarians; and one of the sessions will deal with using investments to promote peace and eliminate poverty.
         The conference has as its theme "Poverty, Abundance, and Peace: Seeing Economic Justice for all God's Children.”
                          CONFERENCE DETAILS:
Purpose: The Lake Junaluska Peace Conference is an ongoing response to God’s call to peacemaking and reconciliation. The Conference seeks to work in partnership with Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and members of other religious traditions to advance the work of reconciliation and peace. In 2011 we seek to 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.                         
1.     Provide a theological vision of economic justice rooted and grounded in the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
2.     Promote an understanding of the relationship between poverty and economic disparity and war.
3.     Motivate strategic generosity by individuals, foundations, and faith communities as contributions to world peace.
4.     Identify ways individuals, congregations, and foundations can influence public policies and life-style changes which enable all to share in God’s abundance.
5.     Encourage continuing interfaith cooperation in overcoming economic disparities and promoting abundant life for all God’s children.
Sunday schedule
7 –8:30 p.m.         Opening Interfaith Worship Service: Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo, Democratic Republic of Congo, as preacher.  
8:45– 9:15 p.m.    Michael Ayuen de Kuany, one of the “Lost Boys” of the Sudan and founder of “Rebuild Sudan”
Monday schedule
8:30 a.m.              Early worship –
                             Rabbi Mordechai Liebling and Rabbi Philip Bentley
9:15–10:30 a.m.   Dr. David Beckmann, Executive Director, Bread for the World
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break, move to break-out sessions.
10:45 – noon         Break-out discussion of Rev. Beckmann’s presentation, the work of Bread for the World, and related issues
Noon                    Lunch
2–3:30 p.m.          Interfaith Panel: Our Sacred Texts and Traditions Speak to Us in Regard to Peace, Justice and Economics.
                             Panel Members:
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director, Social Justice Organizing Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,
Dr. Ellen Marshall –Professor of Ethics, Candler School of Theology
Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies, Duke University.
4–5 p.m.               Break out session to discuss the Interfaith panel. 
                   Participants remain in the same breakout sessions from the morning session.
6 p.m.                   Dinner
7:30 p.m.              Corporate Social Responsibilities plenary session. 
                   Dr. Tom Stephens, Managing Director of Prescient 360 Group with more than twenty-five years of international experience in over 35 developing countries as well as North America and Europe.
                   Vidette Bullock Mixon, Director of Corporate Relations, General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, The United Methodist Church. 
                   The session will also include input from members of conference foundation executives and question and answer time.
Tuesday schedule
8:30 a.m.              Opening Worship
                             Dr. Ebrahim Moosa with the assistance of Dr. Bill Everett
9:15 a.m.              Plenary Session: George McGovern, former U. S. Senator and Presidential Candidate
 10:45 a.m.           Break
11:00 AM             Closing Interfaith Worship: Featured speaker Jim Winkler,
          General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society
                             Worship will include opportunity for personal commitments         
Noon                    Lunch (for those registered)