STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 11/11/2015

Lectures, Convocations, Symposia, and More

Along with casual conversations around campus, there are many of the more formal sort happening every week. 

This past spring, the newly chartered Center for Evangelicalism and Culture (CEC) sponsored the Templeton-funded conferences “Evangelicalism in Brazil and China: Current Perspectives, Future Directions” and “Faith Alive: What’s Next for Brazil and China,” a conference for Brazilian-American and Chinese- American pastors. 

In late July, more than 100 evangelical leaders from across Canada and the U.S. gathered on campus for “Hope for a Time of Crisis: Creation Care and the Mission of the Church,” a conference co-sponsored by the Lausanne Creation Care Network. 

In early September, Peter Berger, Gordon’s 2015–16 Distinguished Visiting Scholar, spoke on “Faith in an Age of Pluralism.” 

Just before Pope Francis’s late September visit to North America, Paul Vallely, author of the new biography Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, visited campus and spoke on the topic of “Politics and Forgiveness: Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy.” 

On September 21 the Center for Faith and Inquiry sponsored an all-day conference titled “Islam in the College Classroom.” Later that day chemist Richard E. Engler, who is affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Chemistry Program, spoke about how green chemistry can help address the problem of marine debris. 

On September 25, Jessica Jackleyco-founder of Kiva, related lessons learned from businesses that thrive in poor nations. 

In early October Chris Seiple, president emeritus of the Institute for Global Engagement, spoke on “Coming Home: Discipling to Discern.” 

On October 6, Kenneth Elzinga, University of Virginia, delivered the John Mason Lecture: “Economics and Theology in Conversation.” The next day, Brian Stiller, global ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, spoke on his new book, Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook

The annual Richard F. Gross Distinguished Lecture was delivered on October 12 by Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School, on “Billy Graham’s Legacy.”

As we go to press, we are looking forward to talks by Shannon Sedgwick Davis, CEO of Bridgeway Foundation (10/23); Romanita Hairston, vice president of World Vision’s U.S. Programs Division, (10/28); Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School (10/29); and Jarrod Goentzel, founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab (10/30).

Many talks and other events are livestreamed, and viewable afterward on Gordon's YouTube channel.