Bethel Hosts Conference Addressing Root Causes of Poverty

Repair, Rebuild, Restore. A conference on overcoming poverty.The Bethel College business department will host a free conference entitled, “Repair.Rebuild.Restore” on Oct. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Auditorium. The purpose is to equip students and community members with information and practical steps on addressing the root causes of poverty.

The event will include a “Service and Action” fair featuring nonprofit organizations from across Michiana, designed to encourage students and conference participants to support local efforts.  

“We want to do more than just talk about how to overcome poverty, we want to give people an opportunity to immediately apply what they’ve heard,” says Associate Professor of Economics Aaron Schavey. “We want to emphasize that information should lead to action. We should be looking outside of the lecture hall for real-world ways we can combat poverty in our community.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will conclude with a panel discussion featuring local nonprofit leaders. Visit to preregister and enter to win a copy of Jay Richards’ New York Times best seller, “Infiltrated.” For more information, contact Schavey at 574.807.7177 or

Speakers and topics:

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Jay Richards, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics and author of several books including “Infiltrated,” and “Money, Greed, and God.” He will speak on “Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough.”

Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D., is the vice president of economic initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics and is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy. She will speak on “Why Does Income Inequality Exist?”

Thursday, Oct. 3

Amy Sherman, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and is author of six books, most recently “Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good.” Her articles have appeared in such publications as Christianity Today, First Things, The Public Interest, Policy Review, Philanthropy and Books & Culture. Since 2005, she has volunteered as a senior fellow with the International Justice Mission. She will speak on “Deploying Our Vocational Power to Fight Poverty.”

Panel discussion with local experts: LeRoy King from the Monroe Circle Community Center, Carol Schmidt from the South Bend School Corporation and Linda Jung Zimmerman from the Stone Soup Community. The panel will discuss the topic, “What Do Effective Solutions Look Like?”

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 10 countries and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Connect with Bethel online at, or via Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube ( and Instagram (