Speakers announced for Peace Conference

Mar 14, 2014

Professor James R. Cochrane, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and Dr. Henry Perry have been scheduled to speak at the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference March 27-30

Cochrane will speak at 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 28, with author Gary Gunderson on “The Leading Causes of Life.”

Cochrane is a founder and co-director of the African/International Religious Health Assets Programme at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a professor in the department of religious studies and a senior research associate in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Ward is the first woman to lead a mainline denomination — Methodism — in Mississippi, and will give the closing sermon at the conference at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 30, on “Thrive!” from the verse Isaiah 49:1-9.

Ward, a North Carolina native and graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, was elected bishop of the United Methodist Church and appointed to the Mississippi Conference in 2004. She returned to North Carolina in 2012 to serve as bishop of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Perry will speak at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, March 29, on “Community-based Primary Health Care in Developing Countries.”

Perry currently serves as senior associate in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  He has a formal background in general surgery, public health, sociology and anthropology and has lived in Bangladesh and Haiti where he worked on issues such as maternal and children’s health, primary care, hospital care, and community development. He is also the founder and director emeritus of Curamericas Global.