George Fox University Representatives Join 4,000 Christian Leaders in South Africa

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The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization will address issues that include AIDS, poverty and persecution Oct. 16-25

These are critical conversations and a special opportunity to connect with people around the world about Christian concerns

George Fox University will send three representatives, including President Robin Baker, to a Cape Town, South Africa, conference that is bringing together more than 4,000 Christian leaders from around the world Oct. 16-25.

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will meet for just the third time since 1974 with the purpose of “convening Christian leaders worldwide to confront critical issues of our time and help develop a deeper level of unity and collaboration in the ongoing tasks of bringing the whole gospel to the whole world,” according to event organizers.

In addition to Baker, MaryKate Morse of George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Sarita Gallagher, a professor in the university’s religion major, will attend. In all, more than 4,000 leaders from about 200 countries are scheduled to participate. Thousands more will do so online by joining conversations through the event’s website or engaging through social media outlets Twitter and Facebook.

According to the event website, the congress is designed to “re-stimulate the spirit of Lausanne represented in the Lausanne Covenant: to promote unity, humbleness in service, and a call to action for global evangelization.”

Among the issues discussed will be other world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS and persecution as they relate to the future of the church and world evangelization.

“These are critical conversations and a special opportunity to connect with people around the world about Christian concerns,” Morse said. “Historically, Lausanne has been a major contributor to the unity of the church and to the importance of evangelism and social justice.”

Evangelist Billy Graham convened the first International Congress on World Evangelization in 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The second event took place in Manila, Philippines, in 1989. The Lausanne Movement’s third global gathering is younger and more ethnically diverse than ever, and through the use of technology the Cape Town proceedings will be available to participants across the world.

To subscribe to podcasts of plenary sessions, engage in conversations on any topic with individuals worldwide, or see the event schedule and topics to be discussed, visit the congress’ website at lausanne.org.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

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MaryKate Morse
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
503-554-6158

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