Diverse Pro-Life Coalition to Sponsor Life and Justice Conference

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Christian pro-life and justice groups are banding together during Sanctity of Human Life Month to raise awareness of issues that relate to the preborn child, orphan care, people with special needs, the elderly, human trafficking and genocide. Sponsors hope the event will encourage Christians to take on a broad view of life issues and compel them to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Focus on the Family, New Life Church, Children’s HopeChest and iEmpathize are sponsoring the Life and Justice Conference, an all-day event to be held on Jan. 22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The conference, which will be also available online via simulcast, includes representatives from the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church of America and other mainline Protestant denominations.

"Sanctity of Human Life and the notion of justice cross boundaries because they are heart issues. We see them as one call, with many faces," said Kelly Rosati, vice president of Community Outreach for Focus on the Family. "That’s why we’ve pulled together such a broad range of partnerships. We all care deeply about life and justice and recognize that no matter age or special circumstance, all humans are precious to God and deserve to be honored and protected."

This urgency to protect the dignity of human life will be evident as conference speakers will emphasize the need for putting faith and truth into action and integrating the sanctity of human life and biblical justice into everyday life and ministry. The dynamic lineup of speakers includes:

Kelly Rosati – Rosati oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative, the Sanctity of Human Life department and The Truth Project at Focus on the Family. She and her husband adopted their four children from the foster care system.

Brady Boyd – Pastor Boyd is a gifted communicator and teacher with a passion for sharing practical, relevant messages that equip and inspire. He is responsible for leading all the staff and ministries of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

Tom Davis – Davis is the president and CEO of Children’s HopeChest, a global orphan advocacy organization serving orphans and widows around the world. Tom travels worldwide encouraging individuals, families, and churches to fulfill the Biblical mandate to love and care for the orphan.

Brad Riley – Brad Riley is the founder and president of iEmpathize, a volunteer movement of artists and the public collaborating to fight issues of injustice affecting vulnerable and victimized children. By means of media, research, and influence, iEmpathize creatively engages the public and effectively addresses needs in the field.

The Life and Justice Conference will take place at New Life Church in Colorado Springs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. MST. In addition to informative sessions, the event will feature times of music, worship and prayer. The conference will also be available via live online simulcast and available on video Podcast after the conference.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.lifeandjusticeconference.org . Help promote the conference with flyers and videos available online. To schedule a pre-event interview, please contact Carrie Kintz at (719) 531-3312.

About Focus on the Family
Reaching more than 220 million people in 155 nations, Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles, including the sanctity of human life at all stages. Visit Focus online at www.FocusOnTheFamily.com. Learn more about Focus’ key sanctity of human life initiatives at www.BEaVOICE.netwww.Heartlink.org, andwww.iCareAboutOrphans.org.

About iEmpathize 
iEmpathize is an Arts and Advocacy non-profit (501c3) that creates opportunities for people to explore and engage in issues of injustice. iE is a pathway to the vulnerable and victimized. Our initial efforts are focused on what we believe to be one of the darkest human rights violations existing today … child sex slavery. Sympathy is feeling badly for the suffering of others. It is passive, allowing separation to exist between the bystander and the victimized. Empathy closes this gap by diving into the suffering of others. It is active, compelling the empathizer toward action. Empathy is the essence of iEmpathize. iEmpathize consists of two campaigns; iExplore, focusing on understanding and iEngage, focusing on involvement. iEmpathize creates "Empathy Experiences and Events" using media tools, the arts, and publicity events. We have multiple initiatives that work toward understanding and involvement, which materialize in home gatherings, a yearly concert series, business partnerships, student movements, and a faith community network. Ultimately, our efforts translate to developing field partnerships to resource existing under-funded human rights organizations and their programs. Find us online at www.iEmpathize.org

About Children’s HopeChest
Children’s HopeChest believes that every orphan has the right to know God, experience the blessing of family, and have the opportunity to develop independent living skills. Children’s HopeChest was founded in 1994 in response to the devastating need of orphans in Russia following the fall of the Iron Curtain. These children had serious basic needs – for clothing, food, medical and facilities – but more compelling was their need for love, human interaction and care, and future hope. In response, Children’s HopeChest developed a holistic approach which meets medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphaned children and youth, in fulfillment of our mission. Our unique model connects churches, organizations and passionate individuals with orphanages – and now orphan CarePoints – to provide consistent help, training, and discipleship. We have taken this successful model to serve orphans in Swaziland, and more recently in Ethiopia and Uganda. Children’s HopeChest now manages individual and church partnerships with over 70 locations worldwide and provides care to over 10,000 orphans. Learn more at www.hopechest.org.

About New Life Church
New Life Church exits to worship God, connect with God and each other in true fellowship, and serve all people in the ways of Jesus. The Bible teaches us that God is a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows – in other words, God is an advocate. Therefore, we believe part of our church story should be one of advocacy for those around us who cannot help or defend themselves. The widows, the orphans, and the poor need the church to stand alongside them, to defend them if necessary and to provide for them when able. This is our clarion call as a fellowship of people at New Life. To learn more about us and our different ministries, visit www.newlifechurch.org.