WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to join together, amplify influence and find solutions for some of the most pressing issues in our nation, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) is hosting a multi-cultural Justice Summit focusing on protecting human rights and dignity. The Summit, which is open to the public, will feature political, social and educational experts and take place in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 18-19.
"Justice does not belong to the left or right. It is something in which every person should strive," said Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, the nation's largest Christian Hispanic organization representing more than 40,000 churches. "We are bringing together individuals from all cultures and backgrounds to address issues that are of vital importance to the future of our country, as well as the influence of the Church."
In addition to Rodriguez, speakers at the conference will include Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Religious and Ethics Liberty Commission; Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of The King Center; Dr. Yuri Mantilla, associate professor of law and director of Global Initiatives at Liberty University; Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church; Dr. Carlos Campo, chairman of the Alliance for Hispanic Education; and David Donaldson, co-founder of Convoy of Hope. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Congressman Ted Poe of Texas will also be addressing the conference.
"The Justice Summit will provide a great opportunity to engage the culture from our nation's capital and to mobilize Christians in the growing and influential Hispanic community for such a time is this," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, who will lead a session on life, liberty and religious freedom at the Summit. "This is a critical moment in history when people are hostile to Christians, as in the days of the early Church. Although we have inherited a Judeo-Christian society, we have become very secular. I believe the Hispanic community can be a firewall for our values."
The goal of the NHCLC Justice Summit will be to tackle key issues from a Christian worldview, develop solutions, and implement strategy on topics of immigration reform, poverty, the struggle against human trafficking, the defense of the right to life and religious liberty, education reform, and the strategic relationship and solidarity between the Jewish and Christ-centered communities.
On Tuesday, Nov. 19, attendees will lobby Congress on these issues as part of the conference, and a Congressional Luncheon will be held with various leaders confirmed to join including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and Trent Franks (R-AZ).
"We are going to learn about important issues of justice and how the Christian community can intervene in those issues, but we are also going to be meeting with key influential players to make sure our voice is heard on these critical subjects," said Mantilla.
For additional information about the Summit or to register, visit http://bit.ly/NHCLCJusticeSummit.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation's largest Christian Hispanic organization, which serves millions of Hispanics and represents more than 40,000 churches, emphasizing "seven directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.
SOURCE National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference