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2009 Conferences

Teaching, Learning, and Christian Practices

October 29 - 31, 2009
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hosted and sponsored by:

Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning

There have been substantial theological discussions in recent years concerning the nature and significance of Christian practices such as hospitality, Sabbath-keeping, forgiveness, intentional community, healing, prayer, worship, liturgy, spiritual reading, and so on—emphasizing that faith is not reducible to a mere system of ideas and beliefs. There has also been significant discussion in the world of education regarding the nature of educational practice, and of teaching and learning settings as communities of practice. The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning will host a conference in October 2009 that seeks to address the intersection between these discussions, asking how Christian practices illuminate, challenge, or contribute to Christian teaching and learning.

Directed by
David I. Smith , James K.A. Smith

Paul Griffiths , Rebecca DeYoung

The conference is hosted by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College and funded by a grant from the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith. It will incorporate results of a two-year research project funded by the Valparaiso Project and directed by David I. Smith and James K. A. Smith of Calvin College.

Dr. Paul J. Griffiths of Duke Divinity School will offer the keynote address at the conference. Dr. Griffiths is author of numerous works, including the books Religious Reading and The Vice of Curiosity: An Essay on Intellectual Appetite. His newest book, Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar, will appear in late 2008 or early 2009.

Dr. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung is currently Associate Professor of philosophy at Calvin College. She has taught there since 1998, after earning her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on various virtues and vices, as well as curricula for adults and youth on spiritual formation and the seven deadly sins (FaithAlive Christian Resources). Most recently, she has authored Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins (Brazos, 2009).

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