“Do Justice”: Reflections on the 2013 Sider Institute Study Conference

Participants at the 2013 Sider Institute study conference listen to Ray Motsi during his presentation on biblical justice in Global South perspective.

Participants at the 2013 Sider Institute study conference listen to Ray Motsi during his presentation on biblical justice in Global South perspective.

It’s been almost two weeks since the 2013 Sider Institute study conference wrapped up. Focused on the theme “Do Justice: A Biblical Mandate for the Church,” the conference gathered almost 50 Brethren in Christ pastors and lay leaders (mostly from the central Pennsylvania area) for a conversation about the role of justice in the Christian experience.

The main presentations included:

“The Biblical Call to Do Justice” by Glenn “Woody” Dalton

“What Does Brethren in Christ Justice Look Like?: A Theological and Historical Approach” by Curtis W. Book and Harriet Sider Bicksler

“Biblical Justice in Global Perspective: An Overview of South and Central Africa, Using Zimbabwe as an Example” by Ray Motsi

All of the main presentations were filmed, and will be posted on YouTube in the near future. (I’ll provide links here, as well as on the Sider Institute website, for those interested.) These presentations will also be featured in the April 2014 issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society.

In my role as director of the Sider Institute, I’ve received some positive feedback from attendees — as well as suggestions on how to improve for next year’s gathering.

Readers: If you attended the study conference, please leave some reflections on your experience — favorite presentations, most profound insight, suggestions for improvement — in the Comments section below!

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About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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One Response to “Do Justice”: Reflections on the 2013 Sider Institute Study Conference

  1. Reblogged this on My lifestation and commented:
    As a Brethren In Christ Pastor this was a conference I wanted to attend but couldn’t fit into my schedule. So excited for the YouTube videos to be posted.

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