First-Ever Boniface Conference This Month
A local attorney/minister and an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) will be the presenters of the first-ever Boniface Conference on religious liberty in Ludlow (KY) August 17.
Brad Peppo, an attorney and a pastoral intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Vandalia, (OH) and Jeffrey Shafer, senior legal council with the public interest law firm ADF, will present the day-long conference hosted by Trinity Presbyterian Church in a building once home to St. Boniface Catholic parish.
“St. Boniface, the patron saint of Germany, is renowned for his bold and courageous stance against the Saxon pagans of northwestern Germany in the mid-8th century,” say the organizers. The conference is named in his honor because “we too wish to emulate the boldness and clear witness of St. Boniface, as he fearlessly attacked paganism on behalf of our Lord, and we hope his example will be inspiring to a new generation of Christians.”
The theme for the conference is “Flourishing in Exile: Maintaining a faithful witness in an increasingly pagan world.” Sessions will address “the perilous position of religious freedom in the United States” and what Christians can do about it.
While the conference will be evangelical in flavor, organizers say “intentional Christians” of any stripe will find it a place to learn about the issues, “network with like-minded believers and reflect on the current state of our culture and the Church; wrestle with suggestions for what might be done, and cap it off with an exhortation to remember that our faith is anchored in our Lord Jesus Christ, the rock of our salvation and our eternal hope.”
In recent years evangelicals and Catholics have worked together on numerous social issues, and conference organizers hope that many Catholics will attend.
“The conference is non-sectarian and is structured to be a lecture format with no planned worship, although we will open and close in Trinitarian prayer,” says spokesperson Jeff Journey. “The final lecture session will include a discussion with Q&A as to how we as Christians might respond in the days ahead.”
The Boniface Conference is the first of what organizers hope will be be a model ADF can replicate in other cities.
The 2013 Boniface Conference: Flourishing in Exile will be held from 9 am – 5 pm on August 17. There is no fee, but registration is required. A boxed lunch is available for $12 and free child care for children 10 and under will be provided. For the conference schedule, maps, additional information, and to register, click here.
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