Faith, reason, justice. At Eastern University, we’ve heard the importance of all three, especially justice. Unlike last February, students at Eastern University did not have the opportunity to experience justice locally. The renowned Justice Conference, an annual national primary conference that educates, inspires, and connects men and women to biblical and social justice, was featured in Los Angeles, California this past weekend, the 20th through the 23rd.
The pre-conference material, which included a Poetry Slam with Micah Bournes and Propaganda, was at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, the 20th. At the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the main conference was from Friday, the 21st, to Sunday, the 23rd.
With speakers such as Bernice King, N.T. Wright (joining the conference via video recording from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland), and Bryan Stevenson, the conference was centered on the “theology of justice.”
Ken Wytsma, the founder of the Justice Conference, considers this theology the conference’s driving value, that an understanding of God should compel love for others and an engagement in social justice.
Along with this theology, the conference espouses five other essential commitments: practical engagement, collaborative relationships, leading voices, fiscal responsibility, and practicing justice.
The conference was filled with well-known Christian artists, praising the Lord for His mercy and justice. Artists such as Propaganda, Michael Owen, and Dominic Balli were featured at the conference, all having a heart for the human person, political awareness, and Christ.