2013 Faith and Justice Symposium

“Global Poverty & Hunger: Unveiling the Connections, Seeking Solutions”

September 25-28, 2013

The Houghton College Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement welcomes you to its third annual Faith and Justice Symposium.  This year’s theme, “Global Poverty & Hunger: Unveiling the Connections, Seeking Solutions,” will help draw attention to the key issues of poverty and hunger and challenge us to authentic engagement.

Global Poverty and Hunger Overview 

Poverty and hunger are intrinsically linked, often with a causal connection. So why should these issues concern us?  Because poverty and hunger undermine development and suppress social, psychological, spiritual, and economic well-being, our faith compels us to respond.

The Symposium will provide forums and activities to engage with issues such as theological foundations, food security, immigration reform, vulnerable populations, arts and advocacy that connect with and impact programs and policies related to poverty and hunger.

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, September 25

11:30 am Chapel: Calenthia Dowdy, Ph.D. (Faculty, Eastern University)

Thursday, September 26

12:00 pm

Panel Discussion with Allegany County representatives

  • Kate O'Stricker | Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Jaime Sarvis | Allegany County WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children)
  • Belinda M. Knight | Community Operations Director, ACCORD Corporation
  • Captains David & Kristen Means | Pastors/ Administrators of the Wellsville, Salvation Army NY Corps & Co-Directors of Houghton College S.A.S.F. (Salvation Army Student Fellowship)
  • Lynn Bliven | Local Producer
7 - 9:00 pm
Coffee House: Engaging the Arts: Tracy Howe Wispelwey [Executive Director, Restoration Village Arts]

Friday, September 27

8:30 - 11 am

Seminar: ‘Hunger 101-- Exploring the Basics, Finding our Roots, Acting in Faith’

  • Todd Post | Bread for the World

  • Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy | Bread for the World
  • Larry Hollar | Bread for the World
  • Derek Schwabe | Bread for the World
11:30 am Chapel: Pastor Eugene Cho [Co-Founder, One Day's Wages; Lead Pastor, Quest Church]
1:45 & 3 pm Workshops presented by:

(Alternative chapel credit available)

4:15 pm Reception with Presenters
6:00 pm Hunger Dinner. An interactive event where your seat at the table determines the meal you will (or will not), eat - and it is all by chance.
8:00 pm Film & Response 'A Place At the Table' (Alternative chapel credit available)

Saturday, September 28

Service - Call to Action

Faculty Lecture Series (Follow-up presentation and discussion)

Thursday, October 3

4:15 pm Sierra Leone Mango Project: An Innovative Response | Ron Oakerson, Ph.D.