This October, an amazing slate of speakers and entertainment — including The Piano Guys and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — will come together to inform, energize and uplift an international gathering in Salt Lake City.
The World Congress of Families (WCF IX) is the world’s premier gathering of family scholars, religious leaders, parliamentarians and advocates uniting to strengthen the family. Registration is now open to the public: click here!
Plenary speakers will include:
•Nick Vujicic, Australia, who was born without limbs and is an internationally renowned motivational speaker.
•Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, one of the strongest proponents of the natural family in the international arena today.
•Sammy Rodriguez Jr., head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
•Lila Rose, known for her pro-life work.
•Sheri Dew, CEO of Deseret Book, who is internationally renowned as one of the foremost women speakers.
•Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, an economist and author of a new book, Victims of the Sexual Revolution.
•Ted Baehr, founder of MovieGuide, who conducts pioneering research into the impact of family-rated movies on the movie industry.
•Bob McCoskrie, a media personality from New Zealand.
•Allan Carlson, founder of the WCF and a top family scholar and historian.
•Ignacio Arsuaga of Madrid, one of the most effective entrepreneurial leaders in the world; he was the force behind the 2 million person march for life in Madrid.
The announcement of October’s event was made May 12 with the signing of the official agreement between Allan C. Carlson, co-founder and international secretary of the World Congress of Families, and Stan Swim, chairman and chief operating officer of Sutherland Institute, the event’s host organization.
“This is a historic moment,” Carlson said. “Since our inaugural congress in Prague (1997), we have held events in Geneva, Mexico City, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Sydney. The World Congress of Families IX in the United States will be our largest stage to date, effectively allowing scholars, religious leaders, parliamentarians, and other advocates of the natural family to meet in a rich media environment and welcome engaged and honest discussion from participants who may never otherwise have attended outside the U.S.”
The World Congress of Families selects its locations similar to the way the International Olympic Committee receives bids from international cities for its venue. The Salt Lake City proposal was led by Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based public policy think tank.
“It is an honor to host WCF IX,” said Swim. “Not only is there an abundance of family-related scholarship in Utah but there is an extensive interfaith community ready to host ecclesiastical leaders from faiths and denominations around the world. Salt Lake City’s natural beauty will provide the perfect setting for our guests visiting from around the globe.”
The World Congress of Families planning committee selected Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., as executive director of WCF IX. A former presidential speechwriter for George H.W. Bush, and head of a Washington, D.C., think tank, Crouse is the author of Children at Risk and Marriage Matters, as well as a recognized expert on issues related to women and family.
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