SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Hillary Clinton to Attend Saddleback Church

“Hillary Clinton to Attend Global Summit on “AIDS and the Church” in California”
By Micah Hensler

The third annual Global Summit On AIDS and the Church announced that Senator Hillary Clinton is the first presidential candidate to confirm attendance to this year’s event. The summit, held in Lake Forest, California at Saddleback Church, extended invitations to all presidential candidates in hopes of fostering conversation. The summit is being held November 27 – December 1. The church’s pastor, Dr. Rick Warren, is also the author of “The Purpose Driven Life.”

Five of the invited candidates have expressed desire to participate and are ironing out scheduling issues. Mitt Romny, Sen. Barack Obama, former Sen. John Edwards, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all said they wished to attend if possible. Senators Obama and Brownback have spoken at the Summit previously because of their work with AIDS and poverty. Click here to read this entire article.

Also see CBS article on this topic.

Other speakers at this year’s event.

Please also review information on the Rethink Conference to be held at Crystal Cathedral in January 2008.

Note: Under the recommended reading list for Saddleback’s HIVAIDS Community are two books by mystic Henri Nouwen. 1 One of the books, In the Name of Jesus, is also recommended by Kay Warren on www.pastors.com. This is the book where Nouwen says Christian leaders must move from the moral to the mystical:

Through the discipline of contemplative prayer, Christian leaders have to learn to listen to the voice of love … For Christian leadership to be truly fruitful in the future, a movement from the moral to the mystical is required” (pp. 6, 31,32).

After years of following the mystical way, this same Henri Nouwen, near the end of his life, stated:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.-From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen’s last book, page 51, 1998 Hardcover Editioning

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