Seminary hosts special weekend for college students

College students from across the Southeast will be gathering at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest for the GO Conference during the weekend of Jan. 27 and 28. Attendees are primarily college students, but they aren’t necessarily studying theology.

Throughout the weekend they will hear from a variety of different speakers, attend breakout sessions, worship together and hear contemporary Christian music that will help prepare them to leave the conference to spread the word of the Gospel.

“We’re blessed to be able to have wonderful speakers and musicians come to pour into these students,” said Trevor King, director of events at Southeastern. “The overall message we hope attendees leave with is this – no matter what you’re passionate about or where you want to go in life, God can use you for His Kingdom.”

This conference is held each year at Southeastern because the seminary is a leader in the movement to equip people to fulfill what is known as The Great Commission, or spreading the Gospel to others.

“Several of our speakers are storytellers that will be sharing how, despite their own plans for their lives, God used them in powerful and unexpected ways, not because they were necessarily special, but because they simply sought to be faithful. That’s the message behind this conference,” King said.

For more information about the conference and the complete line-up of speakers and musicians, visit

Gun violence conference

The North Carolina Council of Churches is looking at guns in our nation with the conference, “Beyond Gun Violence.” It will be a weekend of preaching and teaching about the cost of gun violence and how to bring about change. The discussion begins Friday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church on West Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill. The speaker that night will be James Atwood, theologian and author.

The conference featuring workshops and speakers takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. On Sunday morning, keynote speaker Matthew Crebbin, senior minister at Newtown Congregational Church, preaches at United Church of Chapel Hill. Atwood also will speak that morning at University Presbyterian Church on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

The conference is sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches, a statewide ecumenical organization that promotes Christian unity and a just society. Additional sponsors of the event include area churches and anti-gun violence organizations. A registration link is available on the N.C. Council of Churches website at

Open mic night

Talented performers are invited to take part in Stony Hill Baptist Church’s Coffee House and Open Mic Night on Friday, Jan. 27 from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Open mic night is a place to enjoy live music, fellowship and coffee roasted by Stony Hill Pastor Jeff Mayfield. Coffee House takes place at the Stony Hill Community House, 7453 Stony Hill Road in Wake Forest. For more information about this event, go to

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