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The Heritage Foundation Brings Social Justice Conference to University of Mobile

University of Mobile students will learn ways to effectively and compassionately respond to needs in the community and beyond during “Seek the Welfare of the City,” a two-night conference presented by The Heritage Foundation.

Keynote speaker is Jay Richards, Ph.D., a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and author of “Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem.”

The conference will focus on a conservative vision for social justice by highlighting compassionate solutions to poverty and suffering that serve to preserve human dignity and personal responsibility.

The event is sponsored by the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement. A limited number of seats are available for the public. Members of the public may register for the conference online here or call 251.675.7551. The conference will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11 in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus.

“We are extremely excited that our students will be able to learn from some of the best conservative thinkers and practitioners in the world regarding issues related to poverty and the ever-growing needs of a community. Our being selected by The Heritage Foundation to host this conference is an invaluable opportunity not only for the University of Mobile, but for all those who attend,” said Dr. Joe Savage, director of the UMobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement.

Richards has been a featured guest on Fox and Friends and has served in leadership positions at the Discovery Institute and the Acton Institute and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition, he is the creator and executive producer of several documentaries, including “The Call of the Entrepreneur” and “The Birth of Freedom.”

Topics to be discussed include subjects such as why good intentions aren’t good enough; what effective solutions look like; and the responsibility of family, church, and business in overcoming social breakdown. In addition to Richards, conference panelists include: Randy Hicks, Georgia Family Council; Jamie Lord, director of government affairs, Georgia Family Council; Ryan Messmore, William E. Simon Fellow, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, The Heritage Foundation; Craig Mitchell, assistant professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Mitch Temple, marriage and family therapist; Bill Bru, executive director, Waterfront Rescue Mission; and Dr. Joe Savage, director, Center for Leadership, University of Mobile.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

The University of Mobile Center for Leadership was founded in 2010 to bring national attention to the goal of helping leaders fulfill their responsibility to God as American citizens. The Twelve23 Movement, a project of the UMobile Center for Leadership, focuses on the need for a spiritually transformed nation and how individuals can start that transformation.
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