FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The first annual Lion & Lamb Festival will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Praise Park in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The planners of the Lion & Lamb Festival promise two jam-packed days of engaging speakers, lively music and conversation joining at the intersections of justice, hope and creative arts.

Keynote speaker will be Rachel Held Evans, a New York Times best-selling author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, an exploration of her personal yearlong journey into living out Biblical commands and instructions for women.

Other speakers include Cliff Kindy (Christian Peacemaker Teams), Robb McCoy (The Fat Pastor), Erica Granados-De La Rosa (spoken word artist) and Lorelei Verlee (Creative Women of the World).

Musical artists include Andrew Peterson, Heatherlyn, John Tibbs and singer-songwriter Amy Cox from Saint Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. Cox was a featured singer during recent Indiana Annual Conference Session.

The focus of the weekend is to invite attendees to “join in a community of hope, gathering to share gifts, inspire authentic conversation, and passionately follow God in the world.” With space and opportunity for a diversity of voices, backgrounds and conversations, participants can become active community members through on-site camping, volunteering and even applying to present, speak or share gifts.

An exhibition of local and regional mission and faith-based organizations will provide resources and ways to engage beyond the weekend. Local food trucks will also be onsite both days.

Praise Park, located at 5396 St. Joe Center Road in Fort Wayne, is a ministry of Saint Joseph United Methodist Church. With an amphitheater, soccer fields, basketball court and plenty of open space, it provides the perfect location for Lion & Lamb Festival’s first gathering.

Pastor Russ Abel commented, “The Gospel of Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. This weekend will be a time to talk with one another about what it means to love ALL our neighbors including those marginalized, overlooked and pushed aside. To be able to host the Lion and Lamb Festival at Praise Park is a blessing.”

Whether you consider yourself a cynic, saint or sinner, there is a place for you at Lion & Lamb 2013. Registration is $65 for both days, with children age 12 years and under receiving free admission.

For those interested in camping, limited space is available at Praise Park for $20 per site. For more information, and to stay updated on the latest news including new speaker/artist announcements, check out

“Join in a community of hope, gathering to share gifts, inspire authentic conversation, and passionately follow God in the world.”

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Featured artist Amy Cox in concert during the 2012 Indiana Annual Conference Session.