Celebration Special SessionsNovember 12, 2007
Special interest sessions for the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant have been announced. Topics to be covered include discussions concerning youth, poverty, criminal justice system, evangelism, religious liberty, racism, peacemaking, disaster relief, and interfaith dialogue. Each topic will have several key individuals to guide the discussions. Session leaders will include Neville Callam, Glen Stassen, Suzii Paynter, Molly Marshall, Brent Walker, Cynthia Holmes, Millard Fuller, Welton Gaddy, David Gushee, Daniel Carro, Melissa Rogers, Miguel De La Torre, Chuck Poole, James Dunn, James Forbes, and many more. This great group will help make the Celebration an important and meaningful event. Check out the full list and begin making plans to attend this historic meeting in Atlanta on January 30 and February 1.
In other news related to the Celebration, the Baptist Center for Ethics has released an excellent DVD and Bible studies that can be used to get people excited about the Celebration. They examine Luke 4, which is the focal Scripture passage for the Celebration. The DVD is called "The Nazareth Manifesto" and is ideal for showing clips during church services or Bible studies. If you are at a Baptist church in Missouri, contact the Baptist General Convention of Missouri to get a free copy.
David Gushee, one of the recently announced special interest session leaders, mentions the Celebration in a Christianity Today column about efforts by Christians to bring racial reconciliation. He talks about the planning work for the Celebration as part of the racial reconciliation that is desperately needed among Christians.