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The Orpheum

I had a chance to tour The Orpheum Theatre this week.  The Orpheum, which was built in the 20s, has been in over 50 movies. I can’t think of a cooler venue for The Justice Conference 2014 and talking about the story of justice.

Check it out!



The Justice Conference Asia (Day 1)


The Justice Conference Asia

The first ever regional conference of The Justice Conference kicks off at the end of this week in Hong Kong.

I’m humbled and amazed to see how the conference story and impact continues to grow and spread.

See you in Hong Kong?



Gary Haugen

Below is Gary Haugen’s keynote from #justice2013 in Philly.

The long slow work of justice…

Gary Haugen from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


What is the future of justice?

Below is the final panel discussion from this year’s conference in Philly.

It is an intriguing question we thought would be aptly answered by John Perkins, the storied civil right leader and founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Stephan Bauman of World Relief and Lisa Sharon Harper at Sojourners.

It is worth it alone for the exhortation and prayer at the end by Dr. Perkins.

Check it out!

Panel: The Future of Justice from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


Micah Bournes at #Justice2013

Check out the piece on Rosa Parks titled, “An Unlikely Candidate,” Micah Bournes performed at this year’s conference the opening night immediately following my session.

One of my new all time favorites and it captured so beautifully one of the themes of the conference: justice is less about being a hero, more about being faithful.


Main Conference Videos

The main conference videos are FREE of The Justice Conference 2013 in Philly last month.

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Philly 2013 Keynote Message

Here’s my brief opening talk from The Justice Conference this year.

You can see all the main conference session FREE on the website here:

Ken Wytsma 1 from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


Conference Montage

Here’s a montage of pictures someone assembled of The Justice Conference from this past weekend in Philly!

I’m already looking forward to next year.


LA 2014

For those of you wondering – here’s where The Justice Conference will be in 2014!



Here’s one of my favorite pictures from The Justice Conference – our tag #justice2013 trending #1 on Twitter!


The Justice Conference – Day 1

Here are a few pictures the team took on Day 1 of The Justice Conference 2013 in Philly.

Day 2 begins now!


Shane says come!

Voices: Shane Claiborne from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


Top 10 Reasons I’m Counting Down to The 2013 Justice Conference

Guest Blog by Melissa McCreery

Since being hired at Kilns College, I’ve had the awesome opportunity—blessing, really—to be a small part of The Justice Conference. It’s truly amazing to see the conference staff, Kilns students, and countless (seriously, countless) volunteers come together to pull off this awesome event.  I’ve honestly found it difficult to sleep all week because The Justice Conference is in Philadelphia this weekend. Here are my top 10 reason why I’ve been looking forward to this event all year!

1.     It’s the single event where thousands of people who care about justice gather together. That’s a lot of awesome people in one place!

2.     Kilns College co-sponsors the event with World Relief so I get to spend 48 hours meeting people and talking about Kilns College and why it’s a place that’s revolutionizing higher education. If you’re coming to the conference come check out the Kilns table and say hi!

3.     Micah Bournes will be performing. This guy is seriously talented!

4.     You get the opportunity to meet representatives from hundreds of nonprofit organizations

5.     I was honored to ask to speak during a pre-conference session. If you’ll be at the pre-conference check out my session on education! While you’re at it, check out all the pre-conference sessions on The Justice Conference website

6.     My dear friend Erin Lytle is Director for this conference and works tirelessly 365 days a year to make it an awesome experience for all the attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

7.     This year’s conference is in Philly! After living for a few years in New England, I’m excited to be back on the East Coast, even if just for a few days.

8.     It’s a great networking event!

9.     Kilns College President Ken Wytsma’s new book Pursuing Justice will be available at the conference bookstore

10.  This year, Kilns College has a HUGE announcement to make at the conference… can’t wait to share it with everyone!



Justice: A Prayer

We are in full swing for preparation for The Justice Conference 2013 in Philly.

I recently found a prayer I wrote for the very first conference back in 2011 in Bend, Oregon. It is so cool to think of all the things that have happened with The Justice Conference since our first year!

Here’s what I prayed as 1,000 people stood and read the prayer with me:

God – lead us this weekend to hear the cry of the vulnerable and oppressed
Lead us to care for the weak and needy
Lead us to see others as brothers and sisters
Help us appreciate goodness, to love simply and not hide hypocrisy with rhetoric

Let us embrace justice and mercy
Grant us humility
Supply us with enough faith to give our lives away
And bless us with strength when we grow weary

LORD, let the knowledge of your love;
Fuel our commitment
Inform our passions
Stir our gratitude
And help us transform the world

For you and your Glory – Amen.


Jeremy Courtney (VOICES)

Here’s a short video of my friend Jeremy Courtney.

If you haven’t heard of Jeremy or the work of the Preemptive Love Coalition in Iraq, you’ll want to check them out.

“Bringing peace to communities at odds.”

VOICES: Jeremy Courtney from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


The Justice Conference 2013

I’m excited for The Justice Conference 2013 coming up February 22+23 in Philly.

The conference is one of those amazing things driven by a social movement of students, advocates and justice seekers – not to mention HUNDREDS of volunteers doing everything from driving speakers, assembling registration bags, calling exhibitors, putting up posters and more.

Amidst all of that, there are the thirty or so adults and dozen or more kids who helped finalize the custom painting on this year’s Program Books.

Check out the screen grab below!

(Also, to register for the conference visit here; to see all the simulcast hosts in a city near you visit here).


VOICES: Shane Claiborne

See Shane Claiborne live at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia in this short promo video for The Justice Conference.

VOICES: Shane Claiborne from The Justice Conference on Vimeo.


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