40th Annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service
Each fall, over 150 staff members of faith-based volunteer programs, campus personnel, and other partners gather for the National Conference on Faith-Based Service. Hosted in a different location each year, the National Conference is an opportunity for those involved in faith-based service to come together to learn new skills, share their experience and expertise, and network with their colleagues.
Each year we feature a series of keynote speakers and offer participants the opportunity to attend valuable workshops on all aspects of program management and operation.
St. Louis, Missouri | Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark | November 1-4, 2017
Early bird registration is in effect until October 1 ($325 for members, $390 for non-members). Please contact us for pro-rated fees for partial conference attendance. We are happy to provide a group discount for any organization with two or more conference registrations. Each member of an organizational group must register individually, select pay by check option, and will be invoiced following verification ($50 discount for each additional registration).
Members - $325 for a single registration
Non-members - $390 for a single registration
3:00-7:00pm - Registration
3:00-7:00pm - Exhibits Open
7:00pm - Conference Opening
7:30pm - Keynote Speaker: Fr. Greg Boyle
9:00pm - Reception & Book Signing
7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
8:45am - Morning Prayer
9:00am - Workshop Session #1
10:30am - Break/Exhibits
10:45am - Panel Discussion - Volunteers of Color in Dialogue
12:00pm - Networking Lunch
1:30pm - Break/Exhibits
1:45pm - Workshop Session #2
3:15pm - Break/Exhibits
3:30pm - Panel Discussion: Campus Connections
5:00pm - Free Evening
7:30-8:30am - Breakfast
8:45am - Morning Prayer
9:00am - CVN Membership Meeting
10:00am - Break/Exhibits
10:15am - Workshop Session #3
11:45am-1:30pm - Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm - Panel Discussion: Mother 2 Mother
3:00pm - Break/Exhibits
3:15pm - Workshop Session #4
4:45pm - Break
5:15pm - Mass at Old Cathedral
6:30pm - Social & Cash Bar
7:00pm - Banquet & Awards Ceremony
8:30-10:30pm - Music & Dancing
8:00-9:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Morning Prayer
9:15am - Keynote Speaker: Jim Wallis
10:45am - Closing Ritual
11:00-11:30am - Book Signing & Refreshments
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.
Barking at the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God
Mother 2 Mother - Facilitated by Dr. Christi Griffin, Founder & President of the Ethics Project
A Conversation about Race and the Healing Power of Storytelling
Mother 2 Mother began in September 2014, by Dr. Christi Griffin, founder and president of The Ethics Project, as a means of creating understanding, healing and solutions to racism and over policing in the African American community. The Conversations were launched to a full house at the Missouri History Museum in partnership with the Racial Justice Program of the YWCA and the Missouri History Museum. The idea was prompted by a forum at Christ the King Church following the killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. Christ the King’s pastor, Rev. Traci Blackmon, herself a mother of Black sons, shared her experience at the launch of the Conversations. Gestating only as an idea, it became reality when radio host Carol Daniel contacted Griffin for an interview and encouraged action. Eleven Mothers have shared their stories with thousands of mostly White, attendees in a total of 18 conversations. In April 2016, a Conversation was filmed for a documentary at The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, at the request of PBS. Excerpts of that documentary were aired twice following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be aired nationally in full this fall.
The Bridge to a New America
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a non-profit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and web site which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. His latest book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, released in January. Wallis has written ten previous books, including The (Un)Common Good and the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics and The Great Awakening. He is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad, has written for major newspapers, does regular columns for Huffington Post and TIME.com, and appears frequently on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR; on shows from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show to the O’Reilly Factor and Sunday shows like This Week and Meet the Press. Wallis also teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard University. He served on President Obama’s first White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and as the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.
Guest tickets are available for Jim Wallis' talk and book signing reception, please click here for details.
To view full workshop descriptions please click HERE.
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