Our first Contemporary Issues Class in a long time will feature a very special speaker, Martin Johnson, Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria.
We have scheduled the class for the evening to accommodate our speaker’s need to preach at his own church in the morning.
Pastor Martin will speak on a very important subject – racial justice and the church’s role in achieving it. As you probably remember, First Baptist has been exploring this issue for nearly a year. Learning through books, films and newsletter articles has been a focus of this effort. And now we are happy that Pastor Johnson has accepted our invitation to help us learn more. We’ll provide more details in a future newsletter but wanted to make sure you reserve the date – and invite friends.
April Foster of Prairie State Legal Services will talk about the work the non-profit does to make sure people have lawyers to use even if they have no money to pay them – and why local people need this help.
James Foley, Director of International Programs for Bradley University’s Foster College of Business, will speak on the issue in terms of how anti-trade rhetoric and nationalism have become blurred. The resulting controversies make for tough ethical decisions for policy makers. Besides teaching, Foley also directs the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship and the Illinois International Trade Center at Bradley.