One of the largest international gatherings on social justice is to be held in New Zealand for the first time ever this October.
The Justice Conference is a space for people to gather, engage with, and better understand justice, and seeks to answer the question “what if Christians truly lived out Jesus’ message of transforming communities through the practice of authentic justice?”
Brought to New Zealand by international aid and development organisation, Tearfund, there will be main stage speakers, short ted-talk addresses, workshops and pre-conference events for leaders and artists.
Internationally acclaimed speakers, Eugene Cho, Danielle Strickland, Joel McKerrow and Ken Wystma will present as well as over 15 New Zealand justice advocates.
Tearfund CEO Ian McInnes says he hopes it will bring people across New Zealand together for a conversation about justice for those most disadvantaged.
“By serving the discovery of ideas, celebrating the beauty of justice, and fostering a community of people who live justice together, we will augment a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed,” he says.
“I’m hoping it stimulates more ideas and expands thinking about what the Gospel is meant to do in the world.”
Founded in 2010 by a group of friends in Oregon USA, this year’s Justice Conference will also take place in Melbourne, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Chicago and Hong Kong.
Founder, Ken Wytsma, says the conference started in the belief that justice is not just good, but necessary.
“As such, it deserves our best conversations, the widest community, and our ultimate collaboration.”
The conference will take place on October 28 and 29 at the Salvation Army Auckland Corps Centre in Mt Wellington, with pre-conference events around Auckland.

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