Students Gather in Atlanta to End 2005 With a New Perspective

For Immediate Release

At the end of this year, between semesters and between the Christmas and New Year holidays, 550 college students from across the U.S. will meet in Atlanta, intent not on transition but on transformation. The Atlanta 05 gathering is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s National Black Collegiate Conference, focusing on black Christian leadership development and authentic reconciliation.

The conference theme, Identity Theft: Expose, Reclaim, Prevail, aims at creating a new identity perspective for black Christians who want to transform their culture. “We exist as part of a community and our community is diverse,” says Atlanta 05 conference director Boris Collins. “We’re not just Afro-American, but Afro-Caribbean, bi-racial, multi-racial, as well as first generation immigrants from Africa. We identify ourselves in many ways but our most important identity is who God has called us to be.”

Speakers at Atlanta 05 include: Pastor Esther Ibanga, Senior Pastor of Jos Christian Missions International in Jos, Nigeria; Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. and Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity; Rev. Byron Williams, syndicated columnist and Pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Oakland CA; Ed Ollie, InterVarsity Associate Regional Director from St. Louis; and Harvey Cozart, InterVarsity Campus Staff Member from Kentucky. The conference will be held December 27-31, 2005, at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a national ministry working on 564 U.S. college campuses. InterVarsity believes that college students who are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ will transform the world. InterVarsity is committed to reaching the whole university with a faithful witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For more information contact:

Boris Collins
Conference Director
(508) 429-6322

Tony Warner
Associate Area Director
(404) 534-1576;

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