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"Children in Poverty" Event Planned Near ABC-USA Biennial


May 4, 2007 | bpfna

A special learning event, Seeing the Children—Transforming the Church,will be held on June 27-28, just before the American Baptist Churches USA Biennial Meeting in Washington, D.C. Seeing the Children, at Washington's Howard University School of Divinity, will offer creative ministry models and networking opportunities to help meet the needs of children living in poverty. 

Keynote speaker for the event is Bishop Donald Hilliard Jr., D.Min., presiding bishop and founder, Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies, Inc. and pastor, Cathedral International (the Historic Second Baptist Church), Perth Amboy, N.J.

Workshops and networking opportunities will provide for the sharing of common ministry interests with other American Baptists whose churches are already ministering to children in poverty. Small group sessions will enable participants to talk with practitioners about their local outreach ministries.

Presenters include Dr. Valerie Elverton Dixon, assistant professor of Christian Ethics, Andover Newton Theological School; Dr. Eileen Lindner, deputy general secretary for Planning and Research, National Council of Churches USA; Dr. Bruce Main, executive director, UrbanPromise Ministries, Camden, N.J.; the Rev. Carmen Porco, president/CEO of Public Housing, American Baptist Housing Ministries in Wisconsin; and the Rev. Dr. Paul Brown, pastor of Miles Memorial CME Church in Washington, D.C. will be representing the One Church One School community partnership program.

A $75 registration fee includes lunch and bus transportation to the event from the Washington Convention Center, site of the Biennial Meeting. 

Seeing the Children—Transforming the Church is sponsored by National Ministries and in part by American Baptist Women's Ministries. National Ministries' Children in Poverty initiative encourages and equips American Baptists to respond to the needs of children in poverty through ministries of caring and prophetic justice. For more information on the Children in Poverty initiative and details on the Seeing the Children event, visit

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