The Global Church Conference (GCC) is a bi-annual weekend-long event that provides an opportunity for us to listen and learn from Majority World voices. We are thrilled to offer a one-day preview of next year’s GCC on Sunday, October 2, 2016. We’ll consider themes related to privilege, access, and disparity. We’ll also examine how our faith calls us to steward, and at times give up, the privilege we have.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Riad Kassis is the International Scholars Program Director for Langham Partnership and also serves as the International Director for ICETE (International Council for Evangelical Theological Education). A resident of Lebanon, Dr. Kassis is a passionate and influential advocate for advancing theological education in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Dr. Kassis is the author of numerous articles in various languages, seven books in Arabic, and two books in English. Click here find his most recent book “Frustrated with God: A Syrian Theologian's Reflections on Habakkuk”. He is married to Izdihar Eshak Kassis and is the father of Tim and Trivina. For more information on Langham, visit www.langham.org or click here to watch a video on the impact of a Langham Scholar.
Schedule for Sunday, October 2, 2016:
9:00 am Traditional Worship Service, World Communion Sunday | Dr. Riad Kassis
Mercy: How much to give?
10:15 am Middle Hour Seminars
Responding to Syrian Refugees | Izdihar Kassis | Westminster Hall, Mears A and B
Able to view the tents of Syrian refugees from her hilltop home in Zahle, Lebanon, Izdihar Kassis (who has run several faith-based non-profits) knew she was being called to respond. She’s created Together for the Family to address the Syrian refugee crises and works in Lebanon and Syria with women, infants, and traumatized children. She’ll be sharing how her faith motivated her to respond, as well as stories from her work.
Syria: What’s Happening and a Christian Response | Dr. Riad Kassis | Geneva Hall, G202
An overview on what’s happening in Syria, how Christians there are responding, and the need for authentic leaders in that setting.
Being a Christian Teen In One of the World’s Hotspots | Trivina Kassis | McKinley Hall, M202 Middle school and high school students only
A first-hand account of life as a seventeen-year-old Christian living in Lebanon and responding to the refugee crisis.
11:30 pm Contemporary Worship Service, World Communion Sunday | Dr. Riad Kassis
Mercy: How much to give?
7:00 pm A Christian Syrian Perspective on the Arab Spring | Lecture with Q&A | Dr. Riad Kassis
Geneva Hall, G202
Questions can be directed to Bridget Satchwell at firstname.lastname@example.org and (510) 280-6198.