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Social Justice Conference to be Held at Multnomah Biblical Seminary

12/30/2002

Portland, Oregon-On February 5 and 6, Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Institute of Intercultural Studies: New Wine, New Wineskins will be sponsoring its third annual "Social Justice Conference." This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Raymond Bakke, Executive Director of International Urban Associates, and a leading expert in urban ministries in America and abroad.

Dr. Bakke will address God's heart for the city and challenge conference attendees to reach out to their communities with God's love and compassion. While in Portland, Dr. Bakke will speak at select venues such as Multnomah, Reed College and First Covenant Church.

The events will focus on structural evil and the call for systemic change. Just as Dr. Frankenstein's creation turned against his master, our own creations can begin to control our lives, shaping our values and behaviors, and impacting us in negative ways. For example, technology, urban planning, ideological shifts and gentrification can foster evil. Evangelical Christians are prone to emphasize personal guilt and responsibility and downplay accountability in the public arena. We need to be aware of factors such as these and their potential effects on our society, providing an effective response.

Events open to the general public include "Compassion and Social Justice," held at First Covenant Church at 45th and Burnside in Portland on February 5 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and "Principalities and Powers," a forum held at Multnomah Biblical Seminary on February 6 from 2:45-9:00 p.m.

A preacher, teacher, executive director and inner city missionary, Dr. Bakke has personally led or served as a major resource leader for urban ministry consultations in more than 200 large cities on six continents. He has authored "The Urban Christian," a groundbreaking book on urban ministry which has been translated into seven foreign languages, "A Theology as Big as the City," and "The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches."

Dr. Bakke will be joined at the forum, "Principalities and Powers," on February 6, by several other noted speakers such as Dr. Leroy Haynes, President of North Portland Bible College; Dr. Richard White, Assistant Professor in Urban Studies at Portland State University; Mr. Ronn Elzinga, Partner in the Law Firm of Ronn Elzinga and Associates; Professor David Needham, Professor at Multnomah Bible College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary; Josh Butler, M.Div. student, Multnomah Biblical Seminary; and Dr. Paul Metzger, Assistant Professor at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and Director of New Wine, New Wineskins.

For the February 6 event, there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door. The conference will be located at Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Travis-Lovitt Hall. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Multnomah at 503.251.6767 or newwine@multnomah.edu. Please check out our Web site www.new-wineskins.org for other future events.

The Institute of Intercultural Studies: New Wine, New Wineskins, directed by Dr. Paul Metzger, is an official program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and is dedicated to bringing Christ to contemporary culture.