I’m pleased to be speaking at an upcoming conference that focuses on global issues of injustice and features creative work by various artists. Justice Tapestry takes place in Strathmore, AB this August 27 + 28 and is hosted by my friends at Hope Community Church.
Here’s the details from the official press release:
Justice Tapestry: Shedding Light on the Atrocities of Human Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation – Seeking God’s Heart & Our Response
August 27 – 28, 2011
Hope Community is hosting this conference to raise awareness about children and women who are victims of human trafficking and to inspire action to end sexual exploitation and gender-based injustice. Mark Wollenberg ofInternational Justice Mission Canada (IJM) will deliver the keynote address, along with presentations by artists and activists who work for justice locally, nationally and internationally.
This Justice Tapestry will gather together people from our community and across Southern Alberta who share a concern for justice in order to empower them both to stand against injustice and to care for the victims of exploitation and abuse. A number of artists will present visual works and performances throughout the conference as a response to these injustices, in the tradition of Hope’s annual Tapestry art gallery and performance event.
IJM’s Mark Wollenberg says, “The church is starting to realize that acting justly is something that is required of us by scripture, but many of us have little knowledge about the kind of injustice that takes place in the world today. I think again of Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18 when he quoted the prophet Isaiah and said that he had come to bring freedom to the captives and release for the prisoners.
“Today, most of us live without the knowledge that there are approximately 27 million slaves in the world. Most people do not know that there are more slaves in the world today than the 1800’s, when slaves were ripped out of Africa in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. These are people who are forced to work in cocoa and coffee plantations, brick kilns and rice mills, or in brothels and they have no option to leave. They are literally owned by someone else who sees them as a source of revenue for themselves. After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest illegal enterprise in the world today.”
Wollenberg continues, “There are people today who need an advocate, someone to raise their voice on behalf of the voiceless, and say. ‘Slavery must come to and end!’” IJM is a human rights organization that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Other presenters at the conference include:
Andrew Kooman of Raise Their Voice (author of the play She Has A Name)
Amie Gosselin of Hagar International (an aftercare and reintegration organization for victims of sex trafficking)
Stephen Waldschmidt of Burnt Thicket Theatre (director of She Has A Name)
Edmonton’s Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE)
Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA, which addresses domestic violence)
Ten Thousand Villages
Our children are not for sale to be abused for someone’s financial gain.
Neither should anyone else’s children be!
Saturday August 27
8:30 – 9:30 am Welcome & Sign In
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Sessions
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 6:00 pm Sessions
6:00 – 7:00 pm Supper Break
7:00 – 9:00 pm Sessions & Closing
Sunday August 28
10:00-11:00 am Worship Service (Message by Mark Wollenberg, IJM)
Early Bird Registration Fee – $35 (Aug 10 deadline)
Registration Fee – $40 (Aug 24 deadline)
At the Door – $45
Registration forms are available at the church. Please send any questions by email to:
For more information on this issue:
hopeTzedekah blog: http://www.hope-community.ca/hopetzedekah/
Evangelical Covenant Church Human Trafficking Site: http://www.covchurch.org/trafficking/
International Justice Mission Canada: http://www.ijm.ca/