Loving Your Neighbor Conference: July 6 - 8, 2020

Forming Citizens Of God's Kingdom In Prison And Upon Reentry

July 6 - 8, 2020

Join Us for the 2020 Loving Your Neighbor Conference

This year's conference is titled "Forming Citizens Of God's Kingdom In Prison And Upon Reentry" and will focus on how churches can support and encourage church members who are in prison, as well as their families and friends. This three day conference will provide insight on what the Bible says about caring for those who are incarcerated, information on the current prison system in North America, and practical ministry idea for those in churches.

We believe each person is created in the image of God. And regardless of who they are or what they've done, each deserves dignity and respect.

Five years ago, in response to that belief and God's command to love our neighbor, Calvin Seminary and Calvin University partnered to launch the Calvin Prison Initiative (CPI). This year the CPI will confer its first Bachelor's degrees to 18 students at the Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan.

As we consider this momentous achievement of those graduating students, Calvin Theological Seminary will host the third Loving Your Neighbor Conference 2020 at Calvin Seminary from July 6-8, 2020. This year's conference theme is: Loving Your Neighbor: Forming Citizens of God’s Kingdom in Prison and Upon Re-entry.

Our keynote speaker is Reverend Dominique DuBois Gilliard. Reverend Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) and author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and Evangelicals for Justice.

This conference will also include conversations with Calvin University's Director of the CPI, Calvin University and Seminary faculty teaching CPI students, and possibly representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections . Lastly, as our guests you'll be treated to a special showing of the film Just Mercy.

We invite pastors, ministry leaders, and lay members to this conference.