Two-Night Conference at Bethel College Seeks to Overcome Poverty

The Bethel College business department is hosting Seek the Welfare of the City from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center — Auditorium on October 2nd and 3rd.  Sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, a research and educational think tank, the two-night conference will explore other proven measures to overcome the issues of poverty in the South Bend/Mishawaka community and beyond.

The over-arching goal of the conference, which is free and open to the public, is to give audience members a better understanding of the root causes of poverty.

The Heritage Foundation sponsors these conferences at colleges across the nation as an outgrowth of its study titled Seek Social Justice.  The conference explores the origins of poverty in particular areas and equips participants to respond effectively by offering opportunities for work, education, relationship restoration, among many other services.

“Good intentions aren’t enough,” according to the Heritage Foundation, “Solutions that work flow from an informed vision of social justice, responsibility and human nature.”

The speakers and panelists will help to educate participants on public policies that are reducing poverty along with how churches, non-profits, and businesses can effectively contribute to alleviating poverty in the community.

Keynote Speakers

Oct. 2

Michael Miller is a Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute and leads the Poverty Cure initiative, an international network of organizations and individuals committed to entrepreneurial solutions to poverty.

Oct. 3

Robert L. Woodson, Sr., is founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), a nonprofit organization that supports neighborhood-based initiatives to reduce crime, restore families, and create economic enterprise.

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 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. 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. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.