Honors conference focuses on caring for orphans and vulnerable children
- By: Meredith Sell
- Published: Sep 23, 2015 2:15PM
An annual one-day conference cosponsored by the Taylor University Honors Guild and Village Tree focuses on CARE: Vulnerable Children and Viable Communities, and is scheduled for Saturday, October 3.
The conference will help attendees understand ways they can engage in building viable communities and caring for vulnerable children locally, national, and internationally. Keynote and breakout sessions will cover areas of adoption, sex trafficking, and how Scripture defines our Christian responsibility to care for orphans and vulnerable children.
Keynote speakers include:
- Dr. Susan Hillis, Senior Director for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Johnny Carr, author of Orphan Justice who champions adoptions of children with special needs
- Jena Lee Nardella, founder of Blood: Water Mission, an organization that empowers communities to works together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa
Breakout speakers include counselor and author Carissa Woodwyk, nationally-recognized child welfare consultant Sharen Ford, J.R. Briggs (a 2001 Taylor graduate), and Jeromy Smith (a 1996 Taylor graduate). A concert with Jenny & Tyler, a husband-wife duo based in Nashville, Tenn., closes the day.