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Baylor University Hosting Ken Eldred and Dwight Nordstrom for Symposium on Faith+Culture Oct 23-25th

Baylor University hosting Second Annual Symposium on Faith and Culture, "Bottom-up Approaches to Global Poverty: Appropriate Technology, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Church."

The way that Christians respond to those most in need is a sign of God's presence. But the mission of the church does not move in one direction-from West to East, first to third world, or affluence to poverty. Nor is it controlled from a central location or organization. Located in every province of every country, the church is situated to react to the needs of the poor in an especially powerful way-from the bottom up.

Prompted by God's call to meet the needs of the poor, marginalized, and oppressed, Christians can respond sensitively and productively to poverty though faith-inspired practices of appropriate technology and social entrepreneurship. The former draws on a community's existing talents and resources to produce technology that is simple, inexpensive, easily maintained, culturally acceptable, and responsive to genuine human needs. The latter finds alternative approaches to corporate structures to provide opportunities to improve the physical and social conditions of the poor.

Instead of rivals at cross purposes, these three forces-local church, appropriate technology, and social entrepreneurship-hold enormous promise when they converge, for they have the potential to create genuine social change and express Christian faith and witness.


Speakers Include: Ken Eldred, Dwight Nordstrom, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Chris Barrett, Bernard Amadei, J. Andrew Kirk, Perla Manapol, Caesar Molebatsi, Ray Norman, Paul Polak, and Glenn White.

Call for Papers

We invite papers, panel discussions, and poster presentations from all disciplines that reflect on the variety of ways that global poverty might be addressed through the nexus of appropriate technology, social entrepreneurship, and Christian mission. Possible session titles include the following, though contributions on other specific topics, questions, or books are welcome and encouraged:

  • Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries
  • Church-based Initiatives for the Poor
  • Micro-enterprises and Micro-financing
  • Economic Development and Renewable Resources
  • Holistic Missions
  • Low-Cost Housing and Infrastructure
  • Economic Markets in Poor Countries
  • Business as Mission or the Mission of Business
Abstracts of 500-750 words should be submitted by April 1, 2008, and should include name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address (if available). Please submit proposals to the Institute for Faith and Learning, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97270, Waco, TX 76798-7270, or by e-mail to IFL@baylor.edu. See www.baylor.edu/ifl/poverty for further details.

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