History of the Healing the Brokenness Conference
The Healing the Brokenness Conference began in the fall of 2007 with a luncheon hosting Duke Divinity’s Center for Reconciliation co-chairs Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole. During the luncheon, Chris and Emmanuel walked through several accounts of the early church in Acts displaying as they went how reconciliation of people fromall nations and tribes was at the heart of Christ’s calling for the church.
The chasm between Acts’ multiethnic communities of faith and the reality of today’s segregated churches provided for many who gathered a calling to work to bring together churches from across denominations, races, and income levels for a time of learning and fellowship in order for churches in Houston to learn to work together for Christ’s Kingdom.
What began as a luncheon and lecture has led to an ongoing conference and a small movement of Christians from diverse backgrounds throughout the Houston area who are committed to learning, fellowshipping and working together to be an image of Christ’s love for the Houston area.
Description of the Gatherings
The conference has enjoyed the privilege of hosting renowned Christian thinkers from Africa, Canada and Europe, and many of America’s leading research institutions who specialize in wide ranging academic disciplines. Speakers have included leading sociologists, theologians, Christian ethicists, Biblical Scholars, and missiological researchers. The lectures presented reflects the diversity of those providing the key note address with topics including evangelism, discipleship, the theology of race, a theology of immigration and the call for reconciliation. The intimate gatherings bring together a wonderfully diverse audience of leaders from across the Houston area. Though topics range according to the given speaker, each gathering acts as a beautiful picture of the reconciliation made possible through Christ.