27th Annual Bennett J. Sims Institute for Servant Leadership Conference

March 13, 2008

The 27th Annual Bennett J. Sims Institute for Servant Leadership Conference will run April 11-13 at Kanuga Conferences in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The Institute for Servant Leadership's mission is to provide opportunities for the spiritual formation and leadership development of people who are called to be servant leaders. Its work and focus is that of convener, teacher, and nurturer through conferences, workshops, and publications.

This year's gathering, "Practicing Peace: Creative Responses to Violence," will address what seems to be the world's increasing dependence upon violence as the solution to human ills. It will ask the question: "Who are we? And what are we becoming?"

Offering creative suggestions for breaking the cycles of violence and practicing peace will be James Carroll, Helen Prejean, Walter Wink and his wife, June Keener Wink, the Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins and the Rev. Mpho Tutu.

Carroll, award-winning author, theologian, and Roman Catholic priest from 1969 to 1974, will show and discuss the film made from his best-selling book "Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews."

Prejean is a member of the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in New Orleans. She is best known for her book "Dead Man Walking" and spends time lecturing, organizing, and writing about the death penalty which she considers to be a form of legalized vengeance.

Wink, a retired professor of Biblical Literature at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City, is known for his trilogy on the "principalities and powers" that can grip human society and his interpretation of Jesus' teachings on non-violence.

Keener Wink, an artist and internationally known potter, will lead a workshop drawing on a variety of approaches, including body movement, group meditation, and work with art to facilitate the integration of body, mind and spirit.

Jenkins, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, has been talking with community leaders about developing a "truth and reconciliation" process in New Orleans to address the violence done to its poorer citizens.

Tutu, an Episcopal priest and founder and executive director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, is the daughter of Desmond M. Tutu, the Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa. She speaks widely on "Living the Ministry of Reconciliation," seeking to understand how we become a reconciling presence in a fractured world.

Cost of the conference, which includes room, meals and tuition, is $350/single occupancy, and $288/ double occupancy. Commuters are $180. To register visit: http://www.servleader.org/. For more information call Keren Hepola at 828-692-1694 or email admin@servleader.org.

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