Justice Week 2018: March 19 – 23

“Justice: Your Will being done on Earth”


The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV)

We are so excited for Justice Week 2018! This year, our vision draws from Jesus' own prayer in Matthew 6.  The person of Christ reminds us that God's kingdom justice has taken on flesh and beckons us to live in His example as we cry: "Your will being done on earth." Each day's scheduling will center upon a different verse of the Lord's Prayer, from seeking our "daily bread" to His "kingdom come." Our prayer is that through collective lament, worship and service, our campus would become a united presence and image of His embodied justice to our community in the here-and-now.

Though Justice Week is only five days, we anticipate that it will launch our student body into a proactive and enduring response to God's will and heart for justice at Gordon-Conwell. At the same time, may we also be called to a heart of rest and celebration in the truth that the final work and word of justice is His.

You are invited to join us as we explore the power of prayer in the work of justice using the Lord’s Prayer as a framework. 

For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.


Justice Ministry Fair | Chapel Services | Lunch Forums

Justice Service Projects | Schedule of Events | Speaker Profiles | Poster


Justice Ministry Fair

Join us in the chapel lobby to learn about various local ministries committed to doing justice. Displays will be set up in the chapel lobby, located outside of Kaiser chapel, on Tuesday & Wednesday from 11:00 am. - 2:00 p.m. If you would like your ministry to be a part of the fair, contact Petek Altug at paltug@gordonconwell.edu.


Chapel Services

Join us Tuesday & Wednesday from 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for our chapel services on the theme of justice. Chapel services take place in the Kaiser Chapel, located in the Academic Center. Monday evening’s kick-off chapel will take place in the Retreat chapel, located in the Retreat House at 5 pm.


Lunch Forums

All lunch forums will take place in Alumni Hall and are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, 12:15 pm: Ev Worthington, Free pizza lunch – RSVP here.

Wednesday, 12:15 pm: Mark Charles, Free pizza lunch – RSVP here.

Thursday, 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion facilitated by Stephanie Clark, BYOL, free dessert

  • Distinguished Panelists include members of our community: Matthew Brima, Zaynab Yusif, and Tina Poncho

Friday, 12:00 pm: Larry Kim, BYOL, free dessert


Justice Service Projects

We have the opportunity to serve the communities around Gordon-Conwell all week long. Please see the daily schedule for contact information regarding each service project. All are encouraged to sign up and invite your friends!


Speaker Profiles

Patrick Smith, M.Div., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Patrick Smith was named a 2016 -2017 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. He has specific academic interests in the areas of philosophical theology, bioethics, social ethics, religious epistemology, and hospice/palliative care and its interface with philosophical ethics, theology, religion, and spirituality. He enjoys listening to classic jazz and watching baseball and college football. He enjoys, even more, spending time with his wife and two children.

In addition to his primary teaching responsibilities as Associate Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Patrick is a Lecturer at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. He serves as core faculty for the Master of Bioethics program offered through Harvard's Center for Bioethics. He also is a principal faculty member for the "Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality," an interfaculty initiative across Harvard University which aims to be a research catalyst for an integrated model of spirituality, public health, and patient care in dialogue with spiritual communities.

Patrick worked professionally for eight years as the Ethics Coordinator for Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, MI. During some of that time he served on the Ethics Advisory Council for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and as a board member for the Hospice Palliative Care Association of Michigan. He also has served on the Boston Children's Hospital Ethics Advisory Committee and the Community Ethics Committee affiliated with Harvard's Center for Bioethics.

He has given numerous seminars and professional presentations on a wide range of topics at professional meetings and conferences in various health care organizations, churches, on radio, and college and university campuses. Along with regional commitments, he is dedicated to global education having taught courses and given talks to pastors, medical professionals, educators and community leaders in Kitwe, Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and various regions in the West Indies.


Michelle D. Williams, B.A., MTS
Dean of Students
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Rev. Michelle Williams is the Dean of Students at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In this capacity, her focus is primarily on shepherding community life on campus.  She views her vocation as calling and counts it a privilege to “journey with” men and women as they prepare for ministry. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Dean of Students & Director of the Cultural Resource Center at Anderson University.

Michelle earned her BA in Psychology from Wright State University. She attended graduate school at Oral Roberts University and obtained her Masters of Theological Studies from Anderson University School of Theology. As a daughter of the church, Rev. Williams appreciates the legacy of Godly men and women in her family that have richly impacted her life and ministry.

Rev. Williams was ordained at 23 and served as a youth pastor for 3 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma and as an associate pastor for 4 years within the same church.  Throughout the years, she’s also been privileged to serve as an armor bearer, intercessor, and women’s ministry coordinator. Most recently, she served on the pastoral leadership team of Destiny Christian Center International.   

Her ministry passions include teaching and empowering believers to passionately pursue the purpose of God for their life; leadership training and development; and encouraging people to develop an authentic love for God and their neighbor.  Michelle finds great fulfillment in preaching the word of God, through the spoken word and through her lifestyle.


Everett Worthington, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Worthington is a clinical psychologist and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of the world’s leading authorities on forgiveness intervention. He will speak on forgiveness and developing forgiveness among Christians and in the secular arena, with particular focus on his REACH Forgiveness Intervention program.


Mark Charles

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.

Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog "Reflections from the Hogan." Mark also serves on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW). He is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” (CRU, IVCF and CICW)

Mark is also the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial conciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action. Under this organization, Mark has proposed the development of a Truth Commission to shed light into the injustices perpetrated against Native Americans.


Stephanie Clark
Executive Director, Amirah House

Stephanie Clark is the Executive Director of Amirah. She is a passionate advocate for victims and survivors of sex trafficking, working to provide not only a place for aftercare to exist for these individuals, but develop a greater system of aftercare within our communities. She has a desire to see both global and domestic changes in the view of women. She came to Amirah after serving for four years as an Associate Pastor on the North Shore of Boston. Prior to that, she was a small business owner. She is a writer, public speaker and advocate. She presented at the Tri-County Human Trafficking Conference in Killington, VT, provided testimony to the Massachusetts State Judiciary Committee, and has been called upon by local leaders within this movement to bring insight for best practices when working with survivors. She has her undergraduate degree in biblical languages from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.

She comes to New England from Michigan. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy hiking together. In her down time, she loves to read a good book with a cup of tea while Nina Simone is playing in the background.


Pastor Larry Kim
Senior Pastor, Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)

Pastor Larry Kim is currently the Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC) located in Cambridge, MA.  He is active in his community and serves as a police chaplain for the Cambridge Police Department and is the Chair of the Cambridge Peace Commission.  He is married to his wife Jennifer Kim and they are parents to four young boys, Korrey, Oliver, Emmett and Maxwell.


Schedule of Events


Event Schedule


For further information regarding Justice Week activities at Gordon-Conwell, please contact the Office of Student Life at stulife@gordonconwell.edu or 978-646-4071.