For the Least of These

The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins invites you to its spring conference, “For the Least of These.” Dr. John Perkins of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development will be serving as the keynote speaker. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, April 10th-15th, 2007.

Known for his Christian community development principles of relocation, reconciliation and redistribution, Dr. Perkins has been an adviser to several U. S. Presidents on a variety of issues related to race and poverty. He is a profound and prophetic speaker, and is also the author of numerous books, including Let Justice Roll Down, With Justice for All, and Beyond Charity.

As part of the week long conference, Dr. Perkins will speak at Multnomah Bible College and Seminary chapel on the mornings of April 10th-13th, and at Cedar Mill Bible Church and Imago Dei Community on the 15th. New Wine will also host a day-long event on reaching out to ex-offenders titled, “Free the Captive: Removing the Offense to the Ex-Offender,” on April 14th. “Free the Captive” will focus on the plight of the ex-offender population, and what steps can be taken to help them make the necessary transitions back into society at large. Ex-offenders often continue paying for their crimes after they have served time. They face all kinds of hurdles, including severe difficulties finding work, affordable healthcare, and housing. This injustice further perpetuates the cycle of crime, causing many to become repeat offenders.

Drawing from Scripture and years of experience in community development work, Dr. Perkins will help us explore how to minister to ex-offenders and communities in disrepair. In addition to Dr. Perkins’ talks, the day event will also include an exhortation to the church and society at large to move beyond stigma to solidarity with ex-offenders titled, “Folsom Prison Blues Revisited,” a panel discussion, and break-out sessions.

For the Least of These: Lectures
Tuesday-Friday 10-10:50 AM Central Bible Church

Justice: The Missional Mandate: New Wine Forum
Thursday Night 7-9:00 PM Multnomah Bible College
Friday Night 7-9:00 PM Reed College

Free the Captive: Removing the Offense to the Ex-Offender: Conference
When: Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Registration Starts at 8:00 AM)
Where: Central Bible Church
$5 Multnomah Students, Faculty, and Staff
$10 General Public

Cedar Mill Bible Church:
Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Imago Dei Community:
Sunday 6:00 PM

Download materials here:
For the Least of These Flier
Justice forum flyer