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Georgia Chosen as Site for World Congress of Families X, May 16-18, 2016

WCF X, a three-day international conference and festival in Tbilisi, Georgia will attract thousands of delegates to speak out for freedom, affirm human rights for all persons, and celebrate the natural family as the only fundamental and sustainable unit of society as found in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Contact: Larry Jacobs, Managing Director, 815-997-7106, larry@worldcongress.org; Don Feder, 508-405-1337, don@worldcongress.org; both with World Congress of Families 

ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families (WCF)  Managing Director Larry Jacobs officially confirmed that the Republic of Georgia was selected as the site to host WCF X (10) in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi from May 16-18, 2016.  The location was first announced by World Congress of Families IX Chairman Stan Swim and Levan Vasadze, Chairman of the WCF X Local Organizing Committee in front of more than 3,000 delegates in Salt Lake City, Utah (www.wcf9.org) – watch the acceptance speech from Mr. Vasadze via YouTube online at: youtu.be/tQzftojCzm0.

Georgian leaders symbolically chose May 16-18 as the dates for the World Congress to include the Georgian Holiday, May 17th, "A Day to Strengthen Families and Honor Parents" so designated by His Holiness and Orthodox Patriarch, Ilia II of Georgia.

Jacobs commented, "Georgia is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, between the Black and Caspian Seas, and is therefore the ideal place to discuss the historic opportunities for prosperity and the existential threats to family, faith, and freedom from modernization and the sexual revolution. 

"As one of the oldest Christian nations and traditional cultures in the world, the birthplace of wine-making and polyphonic music, Georgia is at the heart of the Caucasus Mountains.  It is centrally located and ideally suited to bring together Eastern and Western cultures to discuss and affirm the universal values of life and family that are threatened by the sexual revolution, radical elites, and godless, neo-liberal ideologies."

Georgia was selected as the host nation by the WCF International Selection Committee after a year-long, Olympic-type competitive bidding process which included proposals from South Africa, Portugal, and Mexico.

"As one of the only nations where Europeans, Russians, and Americans can travel without visas, Georgia also represents a unique opportunity to gather leaders of goodwill to promote a pro-life and pro-family agenda that builds prosperous, sustainable and free societies.  Despite the lies and attacks from the sexual radicals and neo-liberal elites, WCF leaders and Georgians together will show that true equality, fairness, diversity, justice and authentic freedom can only arise from God-centered and family-centered civilizations."

The theme of World Congress of Families X is "Civilization at a Crossroads: The Natural Family as The Bulwark of Humane Values."  The theme is inspired from the great English journalist G.K. Chesterton.  Chesterton explains the connection between family and freedom, "The ideal for which [family and marriage] stands in the state is liberty.  It stands for liberty for the very simple reason... [that] it is the only...institution that is at once necessary and voluntary.  It is the only check on the state that is bound to renew itself as eternally as the state, and more naturally than the state....  This is the only way in which truth can ever find refuge from public persecution, and the good man survive the bad government."

Levan Vasadze, Chairman of the Georgian Committee for WCF X commented, "We Georgians are honored and humbled by this great opportunity and privilege to host World Congress of Families X. As one of the oldest Christian nations on earth, we think this will be a refreshing opportunity for me and my fellow Georgians to meet Westerners (unlike those sent to Tbilisi by George Soros) who affirm human rights for all persons from conception to natural death but also defend the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness found in the Natural Family as the fundamental and only sustainable unit of society."

The WCF Local Organizing Committee for WCF Georgia 2016 includes Levan Vasadze (Georgian business owner, rugby player, education leader, and philanthropist), Tinatin Khorbaladze, and other leaders from the Georgian Demographic Foundation.

Jacobs concluded, "Tbilisi is an exciting and an historic city and we're delighted to join with the Georgian Local Organizing Committee to bring pro-family leaders, scholars and activists from around the world to WCF X."  WCF expects thousands of delegates from more than 80 countries to come to Georgia in 2016.  But perhaps American Author, John Steinbeck provides the most heavenly rationale that it is wholly reasonable and convincing that we should travel to be among the supermen of Georgia in May, 2016:

"Wherever we had been in Russia, in Moscow, in the Ukraine, in Stalingrad, the magical name of Georgia came up constantly. People who had never been there, and who possibly never could go there, spoke of Georgia with a kind of longing and a great admiration. They spoke of Georgians as supermen, as great drinkers, great dancers, great musicians, great workers and lovers. And they spoke of the country in the Caucasus and around the Black Sea as a kind of second heaven. Indeed, we began to believe that most Russians hope that if they live good and virtuous lives, they will not go to heaven, but to Georgia, when they die." — Nobel Prize Winning Author, John Steinbeck (1948)

To learn more about World Congress of Families, visit: www.worldcongress.org.  To schedule an interview with Levan Vasadze or Larry Jacobs contact Don Feder at dfeder@rcn.com or call 508-405-1337.

The World Congress of Families (WCF – www.worldcongress.org)

The World Congress of Families, located in the heartland of America (Rockford, Illinois), is an international human rights non-governmental and non-religious organization (NGO) with special consultative status at the United Nations (UN).  The WCF consists of a global inter-faith network of pro-life and pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to affirm and advocate for the natural family as the only fundamental and sustainable unit of ordered liberty and civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948).  The WCF coalition was co-founded in 1995 by Dr. Allan Carlson to dialogue and promote family, faith, and freedom among Western and Eastern cultures and civilizations following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  To date, there have been over 50 WCF regional conferences on five continents and seven official World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Madrid (2012) and Sydney (2013). World Congress of Families IX was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 27-30, 2015 (www.wcf9.org) and attracted over 3,300 delegates from more than 60 countries.  World Congress of Families X --"Civilization at a Crossroads: The Natural Family as The Bulwark of Humane Values." -- will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 16-18, 2016.  WCF regional events are also planned in 2016 for six other locations around the world.