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To Change the World

Annual Schrag Lectures: A Two-day Conference

“What the Bible Says about the Hungry and the Poor: A Mandate for Pulpit and Pew.” 

March 20-21, 2012, Messiah College


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Inspired by the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions—the three Christian traditions that shape the Brethren in Christ Church (Messiah College’s founding denomination)―this two-day conference will seek to encourage Christians throughout the greater Harrisburg area to join hands and hearts across denominational, geographic (Susquehanna River), and racial divides to serve and support the poor—and agencies already serving the poor—with renewed commitment and a fresh and creative vision.


James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church (NYC) and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, will keynote the conference on Tuesday evening, March 20, at the Grantham Brethren in Christ Church with a presentation on the conference theme.

On Wednesday, March 21, Roger Thurow, senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will speak in Hostetter Chapel on the Messiah College campus on the topic, “How Should American Christians Respond to World Hunger?”
Following Thurow, Larry James, CEO of CitySquare, one of the most dynamic and successful inner city, Christian relief agencies in the nation, will address the topic, “How Should Christians Respond to Domestic Hunger?” 


In addition to these three speakers, the conference will feature numerous panel discussions, focusing on: the scope of hunger and poverty in south central Pennsylvania; current efforts to address those issues; and how Christians in this region can cooperate with one another and with various non-profit agencies to make a difference in the lives of the poor in this region.


For more information, contact Carol Hostetter, assistant to the Sider Institute, at or 717-796-5389.

Sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College