November 2, 2007

Free Conference To Help Faith Leaders Address Poverty Issues

"... Noted historian and ordained Baptist minister Wayne Flynt will be the event's featured speaker. Flynt and other speakers will provide ideas for study and worship..."

Samford is a founding memeber of the Alabama Poverty Project.The Alabama Poverty Project, of which Samford is a founding member, will present a free conference at the university on Nov. 15. The event, titled "Poverty and the Alabama Faith Community," will be conducted in partnership with Samford's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence and Huntingdon College's Paul J. Duffey Institute for Church Leadership. The conference was made possible in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Noted historian and ordained Baptist minister Wayne Flynt will be the event's featured speaker. Flynt and other speakers will provide ideas for study and worship.

Nick Foster, Executive Director of the Alabama Poverty Project and also a pastor, said the conference seeks to address the specific concerns faith leaders have about poverty in their communities. "They want to know how best to address poverty, especially close to home," he said. "With this event, Alabama Poverty Project wants to provide the kind of resources that give these leaders the opportunity to speak knowledgably on the issues and to lead their congregations to be effective in eliminating poverty."

The conference will take place in the Samford In Mission (SIM) Forum in Brooks Hall and in the adjacent auditorium. Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the presentations will begin at 11:00 a.m. Lunch also will be provided free of charge.

Faith leaders can register for the "Poverty and the Alabama Faith Community" conference by sending an email message to info@alabamapoverty.org or by calling the APP office at (2050 939-1408. Please include name, address, phone number and email address in registration messages.

For more information about the conference contact Nick Foster at the above phone number or via email at director@alabamapoverty.org.

For more information about poverty in Alabama, including teaching resources and an interactive, county-by-county database of Alabama poverty statistics, visit http://www.alabamapoverty.org/

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Alabama Poverty Project