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How do we shepherd the flock in the search for economically healthy and socially just urban communities? What is the role of the local church in sustainable human development? Where do we find guidance for those facing unemployment and neighborhood displacement? Join us to explore how moral and economic clarity give direction in our mission to be true disciples, fostering effective charity, empowering our congregations and creating a context for urban flourishing.

City FAVS conference participants will envision a new framework for examining complex problems facing today’s city, built upon a foundation of theological and economic clarity. Participants will network with other catalysts in their community, ground discussion in continued emphasis on real world applications of Biblical principles, and develop leadership capacity through the resources offered for each session.

Conference attendance is by application only. This conference is ideal for urban pastors, lay leaders, and those working in urban communities.

Conference fees, meals, and lodging will be covered for accepted applicants. Travel scholarships are available. 

Applications close on August 1, 2019.


Stephen Barrows, Ph.D.
Stephen Barrows, Ph.D.
Acton Institute

Managing Director of Programs

Stephen Barrows, Ph.D. joined the Acton Institute as Managing Director of Programs in summer of 2019. He came to the Acton Institute after serving as executive vice president, provost, and dean of faculty at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to joining the faculty at Aquinas as an associate professor of economics, he served 21 years in the Air Force as an acquisition officer, an economics professor at the Air Force Academy, and a faculty mentor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. His research interests include population economics and the economics of Catholic social teaching.

Ismael Hernandez
Ismael Hernandez
Freedom & Virtue Institute

Founder

Ismael Hernandez is the founder and executive director of the Freedom & Virtue Institute. Ismael grew up in a communist household and joined the Socialist Party of Puerto Rico. Eventually, he surrendered Marxism and embraced free markets. He has a master’s Degree in Political Science and served for 15 years in an inner-city Catholic ministry in SW Florida. In 2016, Ismael wrote his first book, Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America—published by the Acton Institute. Ismael Hernandez currently lives in Fort Myers with his wife and three children.

Ronjour Locke
Ronjour Locke
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry

Ronjour Locke serves as Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as an affiliate pastor for the Acton Institute. Previously, he served in Baltimore as pastor of First Baptist Church of Brooklyn and as a member of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. He holds degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prof. Locke is happily married to Anne, and they have four children.

James M. Patterson, Ph.D.
James M. Patterson, Ph.D.
Ave Maria University

Assistant Professor of Politics

James M. Patterson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of politics at Ave Maria University. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Media Studies at the University of Houston in 2002 and his Ph.D. in American Politics from the University of Virginia in 2012. His areas of research include race, religion, and American political development. He has held research positions at the Program for American Values and Institutions at Duke University and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, as well as teaching positions at Hampden-Sydney College and Gettysburg College.

He has published academic work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and biblical narratives in American political rhetoric, and has published more popular essays and book reviews for Modern Age, Society, Library of Law and Liberty, and Public Discourse. In early 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Press published his first book, Religion in the Public Square: Sheen, King, and Falwell. This book examines how very different religious leaders sought to influence national politics by preaching their interpretation of American political foundations. His next research project examines the religious assumptions beneath contemporary social science methodology. Professor Patterson is an Acton University alumnus and a member of the Values & Capitalism Program for the American Enterprise Institute. He lives in Ave Maria, Florida, with his wife Julia and his three children.

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Rev. Robert A. Sirico
Acton Institute

President & Co-Founder

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Mich. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Rev. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his popular book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs. Rev. Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

 

Event Details

Start Date

End Date

Location

Hyatt Regency Jersey City
Two Exchange Place
Jersey City, NJ 07302
United States

Schedule

The event will begin at 4pm on Thursday, September 5 and will conclude with lunch at noon on Saturday, September 7.

Tickets

Accepted participants will receive a conference package that includes single-occupancy lodging, meals, and limited travel assistance. There are no fees to attend; participants must apply to attend.

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