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Jesus and Justice Conference: The Relentless Pursuit of Justice

A free, three-day online event on October 15-17, 2020

A free, three-day online conference that grounds the work of justice in the life and teachings of Jesus.




Thursday Oct. 15 - Friday Oct. 16*

Matthew Grieve - Welcome & Introductions

Bruxy Cavey - Jesus' Way of Including the Marginalized

Cheryl Bear - Decolonizing Scripture

Tumushabe Claire - IJM Survivor Story

Yaw Perbi - Persistent Pivotal Prayer for Vertical Justice

Brian Doerksen - Helping Each Other Breathe

Sek Saroeun- IJM Field Staff Story

Jeremy Johnson - Seeking Justice as the Local Church

Anu George Canjanathoppil - Waiting on God to Grant us Justice

Saturday Oct. 17

12:30PM - 1:45PM EST: Live Panel Discussion ft. our guest speakers

1:45PM - 2:00PM EST: Exclusive Interview with an IJM Field Staff Member

2:00PM - 2:30PM EST: Prayer and Worship with Brian Doerksen

2:30PM EST: Benediction

*For your convenience, you will be able to watch these 30 minute, pre-recorded sessions in any order at your own pace from October 15 at 12:00AM EST to October 17 at 11:59PM EST. Attendees will receive an email with links to our exclusive conference website on October 15 at 12:00AM EST.

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This year's theme: The Relentless Pursuit of Justice

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus teaches his disciples the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus speaks of a widow who pleads repeatedly with an unjust judge to grant her justice. This story is a common experience for so many in our world who are oppressed and denied justice. The good news about this story is that Jesus is giving us an insight into how justice will be established and grow in the face of apathy. If we are relentless and do not give up, Jesus says “God will grant justice”. The work of justice is not easy. In this teaching, Jesus is preparing his followers to be relentless in the pursuit of justice. For this year's conference, each of our speakers will be teaching from this important scripture passage.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

- Luke 18:1-8

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