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Wilberforce Weekend Conference: Break the Spiral of Silence

March 30 - April 1, 2012

Lansdowne Resort

Lansdowne, Virginia

“The most important thing we can do today in obedience to Christ is to break the spiral of silence that is pervasive in our culture. The way movements start is when people finally realize that in a free society they have to be able to speak out. They can’t be cowed into silence.” – Chuck Colson

William Wilberforce understood the power of words long before German sociologist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann coined the phrase “The Spiral of Silence.” He spoke out against the injustices of the prevailing cultural norms of his day and spearheaded a movement that abolished slavery and reformed British culture.

Today we too face a culture in crisis. A handful of angry voices seemingly control the message on the most fundamental issues of life, liberty, marriage and family. The majority opinion has been silenced, its proponents labeled ignorant, intolerant, out-of-touch bigots. The Spiral of Silence has a stranglehold on culture, spinning a web of Lies that threaten to destroy the very fabric of society. Christians feel threatened, alone, and helpless.

But you are not alone. The Spiral of Silence is fragile, and if one by one we stand up and speak out against the Lie, against injustice, against evil, the spiral will begin to unravel, and Truth and justice will prevail.

For too long, Christians have been cowed into silence when it comes to the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. Join a movement to learn how to stand up, speak out, and break the Spiral of Silence.

Confirmed Speakers:


Chuck Colson
Founder of Prison Fellowship, BreakPoint
Co-author of the Manhattan Declaration

Maggie Gallagher

Co-founder, National Organization for Marriage
Author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially

Dr. Robert George
(via video)
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton
Co-author of the Manhattan Declaration

Dr. Timothy George
Dean of Beeson Divinity School
Co-author of the Manhattan Declaration

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church
Founder / president of High Impact Leadership Coalition

Scott Klusendorf
President, Life Training Institute
Author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

Jim Liske
CEO, Prison Fellowship
Eric Metaxas
Author of Bonhoeffer and Amazing Grace
Founder, Socrates in the City

T. M. Moore
Founder, Fellowship of Ailbe
Dean, The Centurions Program / Colson Center

Jennifer Roback Morse
Founder and President, The Ruth Institute

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Chuck Stetson
Chairman, CEO of Essentials in Education
Involved in numerous marriage initiatives

John Stonestreet
Summit Ministries and BreakPoint

Todd Wagner
Senior Pastor, Watermark Community Church, Dallas

and Honoring
Joni Eareckson Tada
Founder, Joni and Friends
2012 William Wilberforce Award Recipient

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