What Is Convocation?

The liberal arts curriculum of Gordon College is enriched by the Convocation program. In its various forums and presentations, the Convocation program underscores the great traditions of the liberal arts to promote inquiry and the love of learning and to encourage moral reflection and responsible citizenship. Through its Convocations, Gordon helps sustain a community where, in the words of the great Christian writer St. Augustine, "faith seeks understanding."

Convocation speakers offer ideas and interpretations on a variety of topics and issues drawn from across the spectrum of academic disciplines. On occasion, some speakers will advance perspectives that confront the prevailing assumptions of the Gordon community, while others will provide inspiration and challenge from a Christian worldview. The program is intended to promote ample discussion and active response from the academic community.

One of the goals of the Convocation program is to encourage earnest conversations and reflection, where competing ideas are assessed with discernment and civility. Through such dialogues, we hope to broaden and deepen our appreciation of creation and culture, to celebrate God's gifts of the intellect, and to become agents of redemption in our world.

Convocations are held Friday mornings, from 10:25–11:10 a.m. in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. However, once a month "alternative convocations" provide opportunities for various groups, clubs and departments to offer several concurrent programs in various locations around campus.

Questions about the Convocation program can be addressed to .


10.02.2015 - Friday 10:25 AM — 11:15 AM

Convocation - Coming Home: Discipling to Discern
Chris Seiple

Convocation presentation by Chris Seiple, Ph.D., President Emeritus and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement

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Chris Seiple, Ph.D., is President Emeritus and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships. He is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of State's "Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society," senior adviser to the Dialogue's working group on "Religion & Foreign Policy," and Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith. He is the co-founder and administrator of IGE’s Middle East Program, The Cradle Fund. He is founder of The Review of Faith and International Affairs and the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook on Religion & Security (Routledge, 2012). A former Marine infantry officer and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, he speaks regularly to government audiences regarding the relationship between religion and realpolitik. Dr. Seiple is a graduate of Stanford, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy.

Christian Life and Worship credit available.

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