2023 Annual Conference

The Institute for Justice Formation Proudly Presents

In Search of Biblical Justice

3rd Annual Conference
June 9 – 10, 2023

2023 IJF Annual Conference Program


Throughout the prophetic literature in the Bible, God rejects Israel’s feast and fast because the people ignored the biblical demands of justice in their social, moral, and economic lives (Isaiah 1: 11-31; 58: 5b-6; Amos 5: 21-24; Jeremiah 7:1-11; Ezekiel 8-9; Micah 6:6-8; and Malachi 2). The Bible discloses the mandate for Christians to seek first the Kingdom of God and the eternal beauty of His justice (Matthew 6:33). However, centuries after God’s revelations, ideas of governance suggest a disconnect between biblical justice, human rights, and civil rights. The Institute for Justice Formation is seeking to address the apparent gap separating biblical justice, human rights, and civil rights in the light of critical biblical engagement. We take up the responsibility to bring together the academy and the church toward a biblical vision of human flourishing.

The Mission of The Institute for Justice Formation (IJF) is to establish enduring, robust relationships between religious and cultural institutions through a holistic program of Worship, Education, and Advocacy.


June 9, 2023


June 10, 2023

10:00 am Welcome

Rev. Dr.  Drew Hill – Host Pastor

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Pruitt, President, JLCTS

Rev. Samuel Feemster. Director, IJF

10:30 am Connecting Biblical Justice, Human Rights, and Civil Rights: The Last Frontier

Henry L. Allen, Ph.D.

11:30 am The Sanctity of Biblical Justice

Rev. Samuel L. Feemster, JD., MDiv.

12:30 pm Lunch (Box Lunch)

1:00 pm Theological Anthropology and Human Rights

Rev. Dr. Daniel Houck

2:00 pm Public Theology and Human Rights

Dr. Rick Elgendy

3:00 pm Biblical Seeds, Theological Roots, and a Christian Vision of Universal Rights

Allyson McKinney Timm

4:00 pm Panel: Human Rights, civil rights, and the mission of the church

Rev. Dr. James Victor

Rev. Dr. Robert Wallace

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts

Dinner (On-Site)


7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome Rev. Dr. Drew Hill


Introduction of Speaker Rev. Samuel L. Feemster


Sermon Dr. Drew G. I. Hart


9:00 am Theological Ethics and Civil Rights

Dr. Barbara Fears

10:00 am The #MeToo Reckoning and Biblical Justice

Rev. Ruth Everhart

11:00 am Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Faith Formation

Rev. Dr. Jim Melson

12 pm Lunch and Workshop

Connecting human rights, civil rights, and biblical justice: What must we do now?

Dr. Drew G.I. Hart

1:30 pm Communion

Rev. Dr. Drew Hill