Pope Francis is planning on delivering a video message to the attendees of Together 2016. The Pope will join his voice to a host of well-known evangelical leaders and popular Christian artists gathering at the National Mall on July 16, 2016.
If you haven’t heard about the Together 2016 conference, read on. It’s going to be pretty cool.
The speaker line up includes greats like Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias, Christine Caine, Luis Palau, Nick Hall and Sammy Rodriguez. Not to mention Hillsong United, Lecrae, Kari Jobe, David Crowder and Passion, who will be handling the worship sessions.
Citing Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them,” the organizers of the event wish to bring believers together for a single day to “define our time and shift our culture.”
The day is about coming together under the uniting power of Jesus Christ and also asking him to “reset” our lives. As their website explains, “Over the last few years, more than a half million young people have texted, typed or written down prayers asking Jesus to reset their addictions, purity, priorities, Internet habits and hopes.” People across the nation have done this individually, but Together 2016 is about asking Jesus to reset “our lives, our nation and our generation.”
The organizers also point to the nature of millennials to be cause-driven, yet divided. They say the church is paying a price for the division all our arguments and politicking are causing. “The need for hope is too great to be pointing fingers at each other instead of pointing to Jesus together.”
Pope Francis is known for his drive to unite the Catholic church and his appeal to be more inclusive—especially of people traditionally marginalized in the Catholic church.
Having the Pope is certainly a bold move on the part of the evangelical leaders of Together 2016, yet one that makes a clear move toward the unity of all Christians in America. It’s also a bold move for Pope Francis, who is arguably the most progressive pope the world has seen in quite some time.