Several musical groups performed during the festival including the Miami Nation of Indiana Tribal Drum led by Chief Brian Buchanan, Vice Chief John Dunnagan, Shane Fox and Daniel Buchanan.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Conference Lion & Lamb Festival at Peace Park in Fort Wayne attracted more than 425 participants during the Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10 weekend. Participants experienced seven musical groups, American Indian drummers, two dozen speakers and discussion panels, four worship opportunities, children’s activities, a half-dozen vendors selling mostly third-world country crafts and informational booths about conference Mission and Social Advocacy ministries.

Crowds were light during Friday evening as participants continued to set up for a full day Saturday. Saturday attendance grew as the day continued to several hundred for the Saturday-night concert by the nationally-known musical group Rend Collection.

Other headliners during the weekend included: Lisa Sharon Harper of Sojourners; Campus Minister Roger Wolsey; Alexia Salvatierra who serves Justice Ministries for the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Fort Wayne Saint Joseph United Methodist Church Worship Pastor Amy Cox.

In addition to several vocalist and musical groups, the Miami Nation of Indiana Tribal Drum group performed mid-afternoon.

Small groups gathered in three different tents to hear presenters talk about several social issues. The largest group met mid-afternoon Saturday to discuss the related topics of unity, sexuality and the future of The United Methodist Church. Clergy and laity from both sides of the homosexuality issues expressed themselves, using the principles of Christian Conferencing presented during the recent Indiana Annual Conference Sessions in May. Other topics discussed in groups during the weekend included immigration, non-violent peacemaking, women and the church, healthy families, call to ministry, and advocating for causes using Christian social principles.

This second annual Lion & Lamb Festival was led by Candace Landry of Winamac, Ind., who served with a volunteer crew from across Indiana. Festival sponsors included: the Indiana Conference UMC Connect Team, United Methodist Young People’s Ministries, United Methodist Student Movement, Star 88.3 (radio station), Sojourners of Washington, D.C., Methodist Theological School of Ohio and Cokesbury.

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