2023 Annual Conference
The Institute for Justice Formation Proudly Presents
In Search of Biblical Justice
3rd Annual Conference
June 9 – 10, 2023
Throughout the prophetic literature in the Bible, God rejects Israel’s feast and fast because the people ignored the biblical demands of justice in their social, moral, and economic lives (Isaiah 1: 11-31; 58: 5b-6; Amos 5: 21-24; Jeremiah 7:1-11; Ezekiel 8-9; Micah 6:6-8; and Malachi 2). The Bible discloses the mandate for Christians to seek first the Kingdom of God and the eternal beauty of His justice (Matthew 6:33). However, centuries after God’s revelations, ideas of governance suggest a disconnect between biblical justice, human rights, and civil rights. The Institute for Justice Formation is seeking to address the apparent gap separating biblical justice, human rights, and civil rights in the light of critical biblical engagement. We take up the responsibility to bring together the academy and the church toward a biblical vision of human flourishing.
The Mission of The Institute for Justice Formation (IJF) is to establish enduring, robust relationships between religious and cultural institutions through a holistic program of Worship, Education, and Advocacy.
June 9, 2023
June 10, 2023
Rev. Dr. Drew Hill – Host Pastor
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Pruitt, President, JLCTS
Rev. Samuel Feemster. Director, IJF
|10:30 am||Connecting Biblical Justice, Human Rights, and Civil Rights: The Last Frontier
Henry L. Allen, Ph.D.
|11:30 am||The Sanctity of Biblical Justice
Rev. Samuel L. Feemster, JD., MDiv.
|12:30 pm||Lunch (Box Lunch)|
|1:00 pm||Theological Anthropology and Human Rights
Rev. Dr. Daniel Houck
|2:00 pm||Public Theology and Human Rights
Dr. Rick Elgendy
|3:00 pm||Biblical Seeds, Theological Roots, and a Christian Vision of Universal Rights
Allyson McKinney Timm
|4:00 pm||Panel: Human Rights, civil rights, and the mission of the church
Rev. Dr. James Victor
Rev. Dr. Robert Wallace
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts
7 – 8:30 pm
|Welcome||Rev. Dr. Drew Hill|
|Introduction of Speaker||Rev. Samuel L. Feemster|
|Sermon||Dr. Drew G. I. Hart|
|9:00 am||Theological Ethics and Civil Rights
Dr. Barbara Fears
|10:00 am||The #MeToo Reckoning and Biblical Justice
Rev. Ruth Everhart
|11:00 am||Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Faith Formation
Rev. Dr. Jim Melson
|12 pm||Lunch and Workshop
Connecting human rights, civil rights, and biblical justice: What must we do now?
Dr. Drew G.I. Hart
Rev. Dr. Drew Hill