The word “Home” has many meanings to people of faith. As young people go to college, study abroad, begin jobs, engage in mission work, and leave their home towns and families of origin, “Home” begins to have new meanings. What makes a place home? What does it mean to leave home? What does it mean to feel like you don’t have a home? As we wrestle with these questions, we look to the past and to Holy Scriptures; as people of faith, with an eye towards a just future and commissioned by God to engage in Kingdom-building, we reflect on those who do not have a home and cry out for justice and mercy. Join us for worship, recreation, fellowship, and study at College Conference 2018 as we build a home of faith together. All are welcome!
Registration will open in the fall of 2017! More details to come…
Becca Stevens is one of the premiere speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She founded the residential community in 1997, and the social enterprise in 2001. Thistle Farms employs residents and graduates of Magdalene, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio, Thistle Stop Café, and its new global cooperative, Shared Trade. She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually. In the anti-human trafficking movement Stevens believes in a housing-first model with economic independence for survivors. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Her newest book is, The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from its Violent History. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.
Rick Ufford-Chase is a faith-based activist for peace and justice. He is the author of Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire. Rick served as the Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), from 2004 to 2006, and in various capacities as a mission-worker on the U.S./Mexico border for nearly twenty years, where he was a co-founder of BorderLinks, Samaritans and No More Deaths. In 2008, Rick and his wife Kitty became the co-directors of Stony Point Center, where they helped to found the Community of Living Traditions, a multifatih, residential community of Muslims, Christians and Jews who dedicate themselves to the practice of hospitality, nonviolence, peace and justice. He currently serves part-time as the associate director for interfaith formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and is the Rick Co-Moderator of the Activist Council for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Rick is the father of three, Leana (17), Troy (18) and Teo (21). He is an avid outdoorsman whose first loves are rafting, kayaking, and sailing.