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Conflicts continue to rage in the Middle East. Political polarization dominates the news. Deep divisions remain concerning issues of race, gender, sexuality and human rights (including the unborn). Our collective social discourse has become driven by simple narratives, lightning-fast reactions and a general distrust of the “other.”
What is the role of the church in all of this?
Is peace possible in a world that is so polarized? Is it even worth pursuing? Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Old Testament prophecies refer to the coming Messiah as the Prince of Peace.
But what does peacemaking look like in a culture of conflict
and how can the church live out this biblical calling?
Our presenters at Blue 2019 have not only grappled with the issue of peacemaking biblically and theologically, but they also have modeled it in practical and reproducible ways. We will spend the evening hearing three compelling talks dealing with some of the most complex issues in culture – issues that the church cannot ignore – and will conclude by engaging in meaningful conversations that will help to clarify the way forward.
Before the launch of Telos in 2009, Todd spent sixteen years in public policy positions, including service as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) and in the U.S. State Department where he worked in the Office of International Religious Freedom and the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning. He and his family live in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, continued graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book The Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in Pastoral Ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. As the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she directed the faith-based relief and development organizations into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice.
Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Born in 1978, Rev. Earley has a management degree from Illinois State University and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree academically from Anderson University School of Theology. He authored Every-Member Ministry: Spiritual Gifts and God’s Design For Service in 2013. Pastor Kevin is the president of the National Inspirational Youth Convention. He is also a member of the Berean Fellowship, led by Bishop Timothy J. Clarke.
An ardent fan of the Chicago Bears, Dr. Earley and his lovely wife Precious Ann have been graced with three lovely children Kevin Wesley, Jr.; Kaleb Van; and Ky Elise.