Largest ever christian human rights conference announced
The UKís largest ever International Christian Human Rights Conference is expected to attract more than a thousand Christians.
The conference, which is co-hosted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and Release International in association with Premier Christian Radio, features presentations by persecuted Christians from around the world.
Delegates will be urged to respond with prayer and through writing postcards in support of the persecuted Church.
Confirmed speakers this year include Anthony Poggo Deputy Executive Director of Across, a church-based NGO working in southern Sudan, Wuille Figueroa a former prisoner and now human rights lawyer from Peru, Canon Andrew White, Special Director of the International Centre for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral and the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Middle East, Baroness Caroline Cox, a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, as well as Joseph DíSouza, President of the All India Christian Council.
Worship will be lead by Graham Kendrick and prayers by Jim Graham. There will also be a drama sketch, a performance by the Hanbeet Korean Choir and presentations on life for Christians in Iraq and Nigeria.
The conference is entitled Grace Under Pressure from 2 Corinthians 12:9: ìMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,î focusing on the inspirational faith demonstrated by the persecuted Church.
There will also be a prayer concert with Graham Kendrick at St Michaelís Chester Square, London SW1 on Friday November 14 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This is a free event, but people are asked to register. The evening will feature presentations on Nigeria, India, North Korea and Iraq with creative times of prayer and worship.
Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of CSW said: ìThis conference gives UK Christians the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the persecuted Church, to learn from them, to be inspired and to be challenged. I hope that as many as possible will join us in what will be an unforgettable day.î
Eddie Lyle, Executive Director of Release International said: ìThere are few environments in which the UK Christian public can obtain up to date, factually correct and well-researched information presented in a way that will inspire and lead to direct action. The International Christian Human Rights Conference is the biggest of its kind in the world and as such is proving to be an unmissable date in the calendar of every thinking world Christian. This is a must attend event.î
Peter Kerridge, Managing Director of Premier Christian Radio said: ìPremier are proud to be a part of this important conference. The speaker list is second to none, and with over a thousand participants expected we're excited to be broadcasting from an event that really helps Christians who are suffering for their faith worldwide.î