International Partners in Mission is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and as part of the celebration will be hosting an inaugural General Assembly from October 13-17, with the theme “Connecting Cleveland to the World.”
IPM started in St. Louis, but moved its headquarters to Cleveland in 2001. IPM’s mission is to work “across borders of faith, culture, and economic circumstance with children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope.” The primary way to accomplish this is through IPM’s Immersion Experience Program.
IPM’s General Assembly will host participants from Cleveland and around the world, from academic, government, inter-faith, non-profit, and philanthropic realms. Each day of the General Assembly will also include at least two public presentations. The wide range of interesting speakers include:
- Meran Chang Rogers, GALA
- Rodrigo de Castro Amédée Péret, OFM, Pastoral Land Commission, Uberlandia, Brazil
- Anthony Dowell, World Food Programme, Rome, Italy
- Jay Friedlander, College of the Atlantic, ME
- Hillary Kazoora, Watoto Wa Lwanga, Nairobi, Kenya
- James P. Keane Ph.D, Catholic Memorial School, MA
- J. Clinton McCann, Eden Theological Seminary, MO
- Jay McNally, founder of Ibis Consulting—a Pittney Bowes Company
- Randell McShepard, RPM Inc.
- Paul Nuendorfer, The Refugee Response
- Dorothy Nyong’o, African Cancer Foundation & Mother of Oscar Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o
- Judith Ranger Smith, The Singing for Change Foundation, SC
- Joy Roller, Global Cleveland
- Stavros Spryopolous, Eaton Corporation, East Africa
- Rick Steves, Public Broadcasting Personality and author of Travel as a Political Act
Of particular note on the speakers list are Rick Steves and Dorothy Nyong’o. Rick Steves will be discussing “Travel as a Political Act” and his views of becoming a “temporary local” and getting off the beaten path while traveling. His presentation will be on October 17 at 6:30pm at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. Click here to purchase tickets.
Dorothy Nyong’o will be part of a panel discussion on October 14 at 6:30pm at Notre Dame College. Her background includes research on strategies for increasing the visibility of NGO’s in Kenya. Plus, her daughter is an Academy Award winner! Ticket information will be available soon from IPM.
The IPM General Assembly is a wonderful opportunity not only to expose international writers, thinkers, and leaders to Cleveland, but also vice versa through the public events surrounding the General Assembly. Keep an eye on IPM’s Facebook page for all the latest details on the General Assembly and speaker events.