World Congress selects Madrid, Sydney for 2012, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The selection committee for the World Congress of Families affirmed a recommendation to hold World Congress of Families VI in Madrid, May 25-27, 2012, and also selected Sydney, Australia, as the location for the next WCF in 2013. The committee met on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by seminary president Paige Patterson and his wife, Dorothy, who serves on the committee.
Ignacio Arsuaga, president of the Spanish pro-family group HazteOir.Org, is leading the Madrid congress and said the themes for WCF VI will be Family and Marriage, Life and Bioethics, Demography, and Education and Religious Freedom.
“We’re hoping, like other congresses, to be the Olympics of the pro-family and pro-life movement worldwide,“ Arsuaga said.
“We also gave a green light to hold a meeting in May 2013 in Sydney, Australia, which would be WCF VII,” Allan Carlson, International Secretary for WCF, said. “It’s a terrific country, but it’s also a country that’s becoming a part of Asia. In particular, this is a way of reaching out to pro-family people in the whole Pacific basin.”
Carlson said the congress in Sydney will focus on the economic side of the family: “The family economy, the home economy, is still strong and powerful. Australians have been particularly good at calculating the value of the home economy.”
“The greatest gift to the welfare state is disordered homes and families. The greatest way to save money and limit government spending to the very basics is to have strong families.”
WCF holds several summits and regional meetings around the world each year. On June 29-30, 2011, WCF will hold a demographic summit in Moscow at the Moscow Sociological University. The summit will take place in a building that once housed the communist international headquarters from the 1920s to the 1950s.
“It was the place where communists plotted taking over the world,” Carlson said. “We’re going to go in there and talk about restoring families and encouraging larger families and marriages. It seems there’s something symbolic about it, maybe that some things have turned for the better.”