christians engaging global conflict: isis & syria
november 16-17, 2016
Recent events highlight the impact of distant conflict on our own communities and our global calling as evangelicals. The situations in Syria and with ISIS are cases in point. From violent extremism to refugee crises, from vulnerable children to religious freedom and social justice, conflict abroad affects arenas critical to Christ’s mandate.
Evangelicals for Peace is holding a two-day gathering of evangelical leaders November 16-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C., to discuss how and why the faith community should lead the way in preventing and transforming violent conflict, promoting biblical peace through Godly responses. We value your voice and experiences and invite you to join us.
Evangelical leaders, practitioners and policy experts will convene for this timely, action-oriented discussion, including a session with senior policymakers on Capitol Hill. Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals; Lisa Sharon Harper, Chief Church Engagement Officer of Sojourners; and Eric Patterson, Dean of the School of Government at Regent University will be among those who contribute perspectives from across the political spectrum. Experts from World Vision, World Relief, the Institute for Global Engagement and others will supply activist insight from their roles on the ground. What can we learn from those among us who are responding in Godly ways to violent conflict and its consequences? As one of our key values is representing the broad spectrum of evangelicals, the gathering will include diverse voices across gender, ethnic, and theological lines.
The event will begin on the 16th with an afternoon looking at US-Syria policy, past and ahead: retrospectively at the role of evangelical advocates and peacebuilders on the Syria crisis, including the question of the use of force, and ahead at policy options for evangelical advocacy and peacebuilding under a new Congress and Administration. A dinner, keynote address and discussion on the evangelical response to global conflict and its impact on religious freedom will follow. The 17th will be a day of panels, discussion and dialogue among practitioners, thought leaders and policy experts.
We will move beyond conversation into enhancing and furthering meaningful action. Throughout the two days, we will examine vital lessons from the conflicts with ISIS and in Syria to equip believers and their churches in the US to take action that demonstrates biblical wisdom. We will address the practical matters of leading communities to respond with bold faith, deepening our biblical and practical understanding of how to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14; 1 Peter 3:11) in the face of war and terrorism at home and abroad.
This private event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending or would like to nominate other evangelical leaders to attend, please contact Jennifer Haglof at JHaglof@NAE.net.