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Conference to address faith in the global economy

October 5, 2007

Recent headlines have highlighted how the global economy affects jobs, food and products in the United States.  How globalization challenges people of faith is the focus of “Sitting Together at God’s Table:  Living Our Faith in a Global Economy,” a two-day conference at Wake Forest University Oct. 19-20.

Workshops will address how individuals can respond to hunger, AIDS, poverty and global warming, and will teach practical strategies for working with foundations, local and federal governments.  Author, attorney and economist Michael Shuman will give a speech titled “The Small-Mart Revolution:  How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition” Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Auditorium.  The speech is free and open to the public.  Shuman will be available for discussion and book signings after the speech.

Conference organizer Craig Atwood, John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies and director of public theology programs at the Wake Forest Divinity School, says “the Bible calls the people of God to respond with acts of justice and mercy in the world, to be stewards of God’s creation and to view all people as reflections of the image of god.  Christians are accustomed to doing this in our local communities, but how do we live our faith in a global economy?”

The conference is co-sponsored by the public theology program of the Wake Forest Divinity School and the Moravian Church. More information is online at

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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