SoChange Inc

SoChange Inc

October 15, 2009 14:06 ET

Controversial author Paul Young to headline

“Why Everything Must Change” conference

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2009) - Paul Young, controversial New York Times bestselling author of "The Shack", will headline the second annual Why Everything Must Change event (WEMC) on October 23-24 at The Meeting House in Oakville. The conference will feature a number of prominent speakers from the academic, faith, and international development practice communities, and aims to inspire attendees through a number of dynamic keynote addresses, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

The event is produced by SoChange Inc., an organization working with the non-governmental community to raise awareness and support for social justice causes.

When:
Friday, October 23 (7:00PM-10:30PM)
Saturday, October 24 (8:30AM-5:00PM)

Where:
The Meeting House - 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 6E1

Who:
Participants include, but are not limited to:
- Paul Young, New York Times-bestselling author of The Shack
- Greg Boyd, author, The Myth of a Christian Nation and Letters from a Skeptic
- Julia Moulden, social entrepreneur and author, We Are the New Radicals
- Ian Smillie, author, Freedom From Want and consultant on the major motion picture Blood Diamond
- Fatmire Feka, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder, Kids Club for Peace
- Robin Wiszowaty, author of My Masai Life, Me2We

Ticket costs:
- Weekend pass:
Advance rate: $99.00
Door rate: $115.00
- Friday only (evening): $45.00
- Saturday only (all day): $89.00
- Student and group rates are available

What:
"Why Everything Must Change" is a 1.5-day event designed to create dialogue and stimulate a deeper understanding of what it means to be locally and globally engaged. Conference topics include global poverty, social change, human rights and advocacy, reconciliation in the Middle East, First Nations, HIV/AIDS and theological foundations for social justice.

About Paul Young:
Paul Young is the author of "The Shack", a fictional book of conversations between a father whose child has been murdered and God. Young wrote it as an answer to the question "where is God during the darkest moments?"

Born in Canada, he and his missionary parents spent his early years in the highlands of the Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua). There, they lived among a tribal people, the Dani, who were a tribal people still technologically living in the Stone Age. Adopted as one of their own, he learned to speak their language. He returned to Canada, working in a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, disc jockey and oil field worker, later completing his undergraduate degree in Religion (summa cum laude) from Portland Oregon's Warner Pacific College.

About SoChange:
SoChange provides opportunities for capacity building and shared change around the world. As an organization dedicated to advocacy, SoChange brokers relationships with charitable organizations, service clubs and individual donors, plan fundraising events, writes and consults on project proposals and raise awareness for the Non-Governmental community. The organization exists to advocate, educate and stimulate active dialogue and tangible social change. SoChange envisions a world where extreme poverty is eliminated, human rights are respected, and the impact of HIV/AIDS is significantly reduced. Working locally and acting globally, SoChange is about influencing leaders and individuals here and abroad. Please visit us online at: www.sochange.ca

/For further information: or to arrange an interview:

Victoria Ford
VMF Ink
Cell: 905 975 2871
Email: vmf.ink@gmail.com

David Peck
SoChange Inc.
Cell: 416.877.3570
Email: david@sochange.ca
Web: www.sochange.ca
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