Last October, hundreds gathered in Ohio at Cedarville University for the G92 Immigration Conference to equip a new generation of leaders to respond to immigration issues in a biblical way. Instead of listening to partisan sound bites, conference speakers and attendees looked to the Word of God – and specifically the 92 references to immigration or “the stranger” in the Old Testament alone.
Throughout the Southeast, state-based immigration bills have been signed into law over the past two years, and there are more planned for the future. As in Cedarville, students, pastors and national evangelical leaders will gather to look to the Word of God for guidance on immigration issues as they play out across the region.
On February 23, 2012, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama will follow Cedarville’s lead and host the G92 South Immigration Conference. The gathering will look to promote a national and local level conversation about immigration in a way that honors the example of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God.
10AM-10:45AM: Student Convocation
Speaker: Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang (World Relief, co-authors of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate IVP 2009)
11:00AM-12:00PM Session One
Speaker: Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
12:00PM-1:00PM: Student Lunch
Extended discussion with Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang
1:30PM-3:00PM: Session Two
Undocumented. TV video & stories from peers - panel of local students
3:30PM-5:00PM: Session Three
“Engaging Effectively” with Kristen Bruce & Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ Director of Mobilizing
Speaker: Mayor Paul Bridges
9:00PM-10:30PM: Film Screening: "A Better Life"
11:00AM-12:00PM Pre-Session: "Immigration and Alabama: Why Should I Care?"
Speaker: David Smolin, Cumberland College of Law, Samford University
Speaker: Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition
1:30PM-2:30PM: Session One: Scriptural Focus
Speakers: Dr. Osvaldo Padilla, Beeson Divinity School
2:45PM-3:45PM: Session Two: National Focus
Speaker: Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
4:00PM-5:00PM: Session Three: Local Focus
Panel of local pastors (Including Dr. John Killian, Maytown Baptist Church) moderated by Noel Castellanos, President and CEO of Christian Community Development Association and time of intentional prayer for local Hispanic pastors
Speaker: Mayor Paul Bridges
7:00PM-7:45PM Public Forum on Immigration and Evangelicals
Speaker: Dr. Richard Land
7:45PM-8:45PM Response from Local Pastors
Moderator: Noel Castellanos
When & Where
Samford University is a private, coeducational, Alabama Baptist-affiliated university located in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, United States.