Conference Starts Friday Novemeber 6th
Friday 112:30-5:00 P.M. | Saturday 8:30A.M. - 5:00P.M.
DCC Uptown | 1595 Pearl St, Denver, CO 80203
DFJC exists to invite dignified dialogue and provoke movement towards justice.
We do this through 4 key elements:
Examination – The world is full of answers and everyone wants to stand their ground, but DFJC invites everyone to set aside their presuppositions and begin to dialogue and ask questions. We recognize there are a variety of values and opinions and everyone feels so passionate about their beliefs. DFJC is a safe environment to ask questions and hold provocative, but respectful conversations.
Nourishment – Working in the trenches towards justice can be exhausting! It’s painful, heartbreaking, and can feel endless. There are so many needs in the city and naturally we feel compelled towards giving of ourselves. Sometimes we can give too much and need to slow down and take care of ourselves too. We need soul care to sustain our work so that we can be here for the long haul. DFJC focuses solely on sustainable justice during the pre-conference.
Collaboration – Along with feeling overwhelmed by the needs, there is also so much pressure to do everything on our own. Our competitive culture presses us to be the best at our work above the rest, but this just doesn’t cut it. We need each other and partners in our work. We need churches and organizations to come together and support one another. DFJC champions collaboration and co-leadership in our city. We can only become stronger and more effective when we link arms.
Response – DFJC inspires listening and learning, but also responding to Denver’s most pressing issues. We not only provide education & resources for the attendees, but ways to advocate and act. We desire to provoke movement towards justice.
Ticket price $45 includes Pre-Conference.
Main conference only $35.
Pre-conference only $20.
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount off each ticket. *One person will need to register their group including their names & emails.
|Time||Friday November 6th|
|12:30 PM||Doors Open | Registration
|1:00 PM||Pre-Conference Opening|
|Time||Saturday November 7th|
|8:30 AM||Doors Open | Registration – Exhibit Hall Opens|
|9:00 AM||Main Conference Opening Session with Jennifer McBride (Wartburg College)|
|10:15-11:45 AM||Breakout Sessions (See Session Descriptions)|
|11:45 AM – 1:00 PM||Lunch|
|1:00 PM – 2:15 PM||Dignified Dialogue in Sanctuary|
|2:30 PM – 3:45 PM||Breakout Sessions (See Session Descriptions)|
|4:00 PM||Closing Session With Jason Fileta (Micah Challenge)|
|5:00 PM||Conference Closing|
Bio: Jason Fileta grew up outside Chicago,Ill, the son of Egyptian immigrants. The plight of the persecuted church in Egypt compelled him to commit his life to fighting for a more just world.
After graduation from Calvin College with a B.A. Sociology and International Development he was chosen as a delegate to the G8 Summit in Scotland. The delegates advocated to leaders for debt cancellation for impoverished nations, fair trade policies, and increased aid. This helped launch his long term work in advocacy focused on ending extreme poverty. He is the director of Micah Challenge USA, a church-based movement committed to ending extreme poverty through advocacy, prayer, and living justly.
In 2014 Jason edited and contributed to a book titled Live Justly, and subsequently launched a small publishing company Lion and Lamb Publishing LLC that donates 1/2 of all profits to organizations advocating for justice. When Jason isn’t scheming for justice or with his two beautiful children his other passions include bicycles, sandwiches, and Louis L’amour novels.
Jennifer M. McBride is Board of Regents Chair in Ethics, Assistant Professor of Religion, and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wartburg College, a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Waverly, Iowa. She received her Masters degree and Doctorate in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia and her Bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After receiving her Doctorate in 2008, McBride became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University. She remained at Emory’s Candler School of Theology as a Visiting Lecturer and Program Director for the Atlanta Theological Association’s Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison for Women from 2009-2011.
McBride serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section and is chair of the steering committee for the American Academy of Religion’s Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis group. She is co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010) and author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Central to McBride’s teaching and research is the interaction of scholars and practitioners, a methodology that she continues to implement in her present project, tentatively entitled, Reducing Distance: The Space of Radical Discipleship. As a Virginia Seminar Writing Fellow through the University of Virginia’s Project on Lived Theology, McBride spent the 2010/2011 academic year as a full time participant-observer at the Open Door Community, an intentionally interracial, residential Christian activist and worshipping community in Atlanta, Georgia, that has been engaged in mercy and justice work on behalf of the homeless and prison populations for thirty-five years.
Jennifer M. McBride is Board of Regents Chair in Ethics, Assistant Professor of Religion, and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wartburg College, a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Waverly, Iowa. She is co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010) and author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011). At present she is a Virginia Seminar Writing Fellow through the University of Virginia’s Project on Lived Theology, where she is working on a book entitled Reducing Distance: The Space of Radical Discipleship.
When people or groups disagree on certain issues or topics, there are usually two ways we handle it. Some fight by claiming our position, making sure others know they are “wrong.” Others flee, avoiding these important conversations all together because we just aren’t up for the strong emotions and opinions that might go along with it. Jesus calls us to a third way, the way of peace, where we stay in instead of fight or flee. Where we listen for understanding. Where we hold our differences in tension and offer love and respect for each other even when we disagree. Dignified Dialogue is a tangible, simple tool that can help individuals and groups practice peacemaking and create safer spaces for these difficult conversations.
The Denver Faith and Justice Conference is dedicated to bravely engaging with these important conversations in our city and use these guidelines in all of our gatherings:
Guidelines for Dignified Dialogue
1. Consider first: “That person is first and foremost a child of God, created in God’s image, worthy of dignity and respect”
2. Ask questions to clarify understanding instead of only making statements.
3. Stick with “I think”, or “My opinion is” or “My interpretation of the Bible is” or “I understand the Bible to be saying…” instead of making generalizations like “God says” or “God thinks” or “the Bible says”.
4. Remember that this is an opportunity to listen and learn, not to convince, give advice, or change anyone else.
5. Honor the time with brevity and give others a chance to finish their thought before sharing yours.
Thank you to all of our 2015 Sponsors who make this conference happen! Through the partnership of our sponsors and exhibitors, the DFJC is truly an event by the city, for the city. We invite you to join a growing team of area churches, ministries and non-profit organizations who share our passion for justice in Denver.
Download our sponsorship packet