The Justice Conference Vancouver 2014: The Voice of Justice

Speaker(s): Cheryl Bear, Dave Diewert, Emily Parsons-Dickau, Leah Kostamo, Markku Kostamo, Mary Fontaine, Patrick Elaschuk, Sharon Smith, Ed Wilson, Jonathan Bird, Nelson Lee
Date: Feb 21-22 2014
Length: 3h21min
Product ID: RGDL4410S

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The Justice Conference is an annual gathering to educate, inspire, and connect a generation around biblical and social justice, the vulnerable, and the oppressed. Through the lens of the gospel of grace, the conference explores the meaning of justice from places of brokenness in our world. It also invites participants into God's concern and commitment to the vulnerable and the oppressed among us while we yearn to see that which is not right made right. This is a collection of lectures and panel workshops given in Vancouver which took place alongside a simulcast of the main conference in Los Angeles. Sessions include:

  • Reconciling Love - Cheryl Bear
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  • Planted - Leah Kostamo
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  • Aboriginal & First Nations Concerns - Cheryl Bear and Mary Fontaine
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  • Human Trafficking - Patrick Elaschuck, Ed Wilson, Beide Bekele, Emily Parsons-Dickau, Tara Teng (moderator)
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  • Vulnerable People Groups - Sharon Smith, Jonathan Bird, Dave Diewart (moderator)
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  • Justice and Charity - Dave Diewart
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See All Audio by Cheryl Bear Dave Diewert Emily Parsons-Dickau Leah Kostamo Markku Kostamo Mary Fontaine Patrick Elaschuk Sharon Smith Ed Wilson Jonathan Bird Nelson Lee

Cheryl Bear is from the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation (Bear Clan) in the Carrier Nation located in northern British Columbia, Canada. She is an international convention speaker and twice award-nominated recording artist (Shai Award 2005; Covenant Award 2006) who has worked with Indigenous people across Canada, the United States and in over 20 countries of the world raising awareness of the value and uniqueness of thier Indigenous people and their culture. Cheryl holds an MDiv degree from Regent College and a Dmin from from The King's College and Seminary in Los Angeles.

David Diewert is a former professor of Biblical Languages at Regent College. He is now a sessional lecturer at Regent College where he teaches Biblical Greek and Hebrew as well as courses on Amos and other Old Testament book studies. Dr. Diewert lives on the eastside of Vancouver where he and his family live among and minister to the poor and marginalized of Vancouver.

Emily Parsons-Dickau is Community Building and Education Coordinator at Kinbrace Community Society, a Vancouver non-profit that provides housing, orientation, accompaniment and education to people seeking refugee protection in Canada.

Leah Kostamo is an earthkeeper and storyteller. She is passionate about inspiring others to care for creation from a place of joy. Leah and her husband Markku helped found A Rocha in Canadau2014a Christian conservation organization that endeavors to show God's love for all creation.Leah's book Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community, wrestles with issues of poverty, justice, and the environment through the narrative of her own experience.

Markku Kostamo is Executive Director of A Rocha Canada. Markku is a Professional Biologist and outdoor enthusiast who has worked as an environmental consultant in the private sector.

Rev. Mary Fontaine is the founder and the Executive Director of Hummingbird Ministries, which fosters outreach in healing and reconciliation. Mary is also a member of the Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).

Patrick Elaschuk No Biographical Information available.

Sharon Smith is Co-Founder of Sanctuary Mental Health. She has spent much of her professional career working as an occupational therapist in acute and community mental health settings in South Africa and Vancouver, Canada. Sharon co-founded Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries in 2011, an organisation that works alongside faith communities to increase awareness and care for individuals recovering from a mental illness.

Ed Wilson is Acting Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada. Before stepping into his current role, Ed Wilson served as the Chief Operating Officer for IJM Canada.

Jonathan Bird is Executive Director of City Gate Leadership Forum in Vancouver. He holds an MA in Old Testament Studies from Regent College (Vancouver) where he paid particular attention to the ethical thrust of Torah and the prophets and to the implications of ancient Israel's storyu2014from exodus to exileu2014for Christian mission in the postmodern era. He also did an MA in Literature from Miami University (Ohio) where he studied critical theory and the aspirations of avant-garde artists to become the prime force for social justice and harmony after the "death of God."

Nelson Lee is a Senior Sustainability Strategist for Tetra Tech EBA. For over twenty-five years, Nelson has been providing businesses in North America and Asia Pacific with advice on how to be more sustainable, particularly related to reducing their eco-footprints.

Patrick Elaschuk is Executive Director of Hope for the Nations. He has been involved in global justice issues for more than twenty years, mostly in Asia.

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