Rev. William Cooke to address Wed. Oct. 12 Freedom Leadership Conference Sponsored by Black Robe Regiment seeking an American Revival
Judy Cooke to speak about 40 Days for Life Vigils this month at Abortion Clinics
The Black Robe Regiment of Virginia will be the co-sponsor of the Freedom Leadership Conference next Wednesday, October 12 at the Fair Lakes Marriott Residence Inn, Fairfax, Virginia, providing two speakers including their President, Rev. William cooke and also his wife Judy, who will focus on the “40 Days for Life” effort to influence those seeking an abortion to change their mind and to choose life instead. Rev. Cooke will focus on the moral decline in America and how Church going Christians and their pastors can reverse this destructive course. The Conference is free but an advance RSVP is required due to limited space (no admittance without RSVP, do it HERE).
Many of our readers will recall the scenes from the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot, where the character Rev. Oliver (played by actor Rene Auberjonois) helped lead his community’s deliberations in what was the town hall of the village at the time, the church where he was the pastor. When the Revolution began, the movie shows Rev. Oliver actively participating in the war with his flock. He explains to his surprised congregation his decision to join those in the town who are preparing to join the war for independence, “A shepherd must tend his flock. And at times… fight off the wolves.”
Sadly, the movie also shows the retaliation of the British against the rebels where they burned the village center, its Church, to the ground with all of the townspeople locked inside. While the specific events depicted in the movie were fictional, the movie was very accurate in showing how in the early days of America, the church played a pivotal and very influential role in the life of the community.
Freedom Leadership Conference was founded to help focus on the issues of the conservative coalition and its three “legs” – the old Ronald Reagan campaigning and then governing coalition – national defense conservatives, the economics or freedom-focused conservatives and the traditional or values voter conservatives. This is the coalition which Wm. F. Buckley helped create many years before Ronald Reagan with his National Review magazine in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. We are pleased to have this conference co-sponsored by an organization which focuses on the issues of concern to the “values voters.”
Black Robe Regiment of Virginia seeks to return pulpit ministers to the role they played during the American Revolution, where their leadership helped George Washington inspire, motivate and recruit the army that won the revolution and win our independence.
Pew Foundation research reports show that in America today a declining number of church going Christians are voting, a declining number of pastors and priests even seek to influence their congregations and parishioners to vote with an informed Christian conscience, while in contrast those who are atheists and agnostics are voting in increasing numbers.
The beliefs of these diametrically opposed segments of our society – church going Christians and those who hate them (atheists) and what they believe, or who simply don’t share those beliefs (agnostics) is changing the very character and foundations of our country.
Rev. Bill Cooke and his Judy Cooke will address different aspects of this challenge to the foundations of American society.
Judy Cooke will speak about the nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs from September 28 through November 6 for the largest pro-life mobilization in history. The campaign has three basic parts: prayer and fasting, community outreach such as this month’s co-sponsorship of a Judy Cooke to speak to this subject, and a 40 days long, round the clock peaceful vigil at local abortion clinics in communities around the country and 23 nations.
Bill Cooke, who has led a previous Freedom Leadership Conference in prayer, will speak about the work of the Virginia Black Robe Regiment and how church going Christians can make a difference.
There will be one additional sponsor to be announced for this free conference next Wed., October 12, from 7 to 9 PM, with registration HERE. The normal dinner is cancelled, with the Conference Leadership meeting for dinner instead to discuss plans for 2017 conferences including the one scheduled for Saturday, November 12 from 12 noon to 5 PM with the main sponsor, Freedom Alliance, and an appearance as keynote speaker, their President Thomas P. Kilgannon.
The previous three conferences held in 2016 were “standing room only” conferences so we urge those interested to please reserve your free seat (a $5 donation is requested at the door to help pay the room rental) quickly.