AMERICUS, Ga. (Aug. 1, 2006) -- Habitat for Humanity International is hosting the largest leadership conference in its history in Charlotte, N.C., this week. The conference will bring together more than 1,200 people from Habitat affiliates around the country for an exchange of information and ideas.
The conference also will serve as a celebration of 30 years of building decent, affordable shelter in partnership with families in need.
The conference will begin Thursday, Aug. 3, with a reception at the Charlotte Convention Center and will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 6, with a worship service. In between will be general sessions and some 120 workshops covering topics ranging from developing global church partnerships to Habitat’s work in Asia and the Pacific.
Featured conference presenters include Jonathan T.M. Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International; Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors; John Ortberg, best-selling author of “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them,” “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” and “Love Beyond Reason;” and Reggie Van Lee, senior vice president in the New York office of Booz Allen Hamilton who co-leads the firm’s engagements focused on the not-for-profit sector.
Also joining the conference will be homeowner family members from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa and the Middle East, as well as several Habitat for Humanity families from the Charlotte area, and representatives of affiliates engaged in response to Hurricane Katrina.
The conference closes with a “Habitation” worship service that is open to the public. The service will be held Sunday at the Charlotte Convention Center from 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .