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Throughout Jan. 22-24, those interested will have the chance to attend the Trinity Institute’s National Theological Conference in New York City from St. Andrew’s on the Sound Episcopal Church.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church of the Servant Episcopal and St. Andrew’s on the Sound have collaborated to bring the conference, now in its 44th year, to Wilmington via webinar.

The 2015 speakers include the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, authors Cornel West and Barbara Ehrenreich, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. All speakers will address the conference’s topic for this year — economic inequality.

Creating the Common Good is the title of this year’s conference and Ed Ablard, a volunteer helping to coordinate the local webinar, said the topic of economic equality is especially pertinent now.

“The topic itself is about the hottest topic in economics,” Ablard said. “It drives race relations; it is a huge generational concern; and it is the spark plug of many political controversies, including being the initial fuel for the Occupy Wall Street movement.”

Ablard said the three churches helping to bring the webinar to Wilmington all felt the knowledge and insight shared during the conference would benefit the local community.

“This topic also comes from a concern that the middle class is left out of the progress because all the progress is going to the top and [the middle classes] feel like government isn’t helping,” he said. “We are trying to respond to both ends of that spectrum with this overarching conference on the issue.”

During the first evening of the conference Thursday, Jan. 22, Ablard said there would be a showing of Robert Reich’s movie, “Inequality for All,” or his interview with former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers. Following that screening, Ablard said Reich would be available for a Q-and-A session with the audience at St. Andrew’s via streaming video from New York City.

All screenings of the conference will take place at St. Andrew’s and tickets cost $15 for one session and a luncheon or $27 for the whole conference.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cosepiscopal.ecdio.org

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