Tomorrow I'm headed to Philly! My friend Kristen and I are driving out east to attend The Justice Conference.
"The Justice Conference is a two-day annual event to promote dialouge around around justice related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS and human rights, feauturing internationally acclaimed speakers, hundreds of humanitarian organizations and dozen of pre-conference workshops." (Taken from the JC website)
I am incredibly excited to hear and learn from some people who are making a huge impact when it comes to the issues of social justice both locally and globally. I am especially looking forward to hearing from Lynne Hybels, Lindsey Nobles, and Shane Claiborne.
I am also excited to say that I will be participating in a Poetry Slam (hosted by Relevant Magazine) as a part of the pre-conference on Friday night. I submitted a spoken word video a few weeks ago and was chosen to be one of fifteen people to compete in the poetry slam. The winner will get to perform in front of the entire conference (5,000 people) at the final main session on Saturday. I'm pretty sure I won't win but in the chance that I did, I would probably have to forfeit my crown due to a foreseeable fainting incident. For real, I think I'd have a serious panic attack if I actually won. Haha! I am really looking forward to meeting some other artists and soaking in a lot of great pieces that will be shared. The two judges will be Micah Bournes and Jefferson Bethke. Geez, no pressure there.
Can't wait to give you all a re-cap of our weekend when I get back!