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Summer 2016 Seminar Opportunities

Applications for 2016 summer seminars were due by February 15, 2016. We are not currently accepting new participants.

Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now

June 12-24, 2016

Directed by Edward J. Blum (San Diego State University),
with host James Bratt (Calvin College)

Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now addresses a fundamental dilemma of Christianity: how to represent God's Son. This is particularly important in the twenty-first century. Issues of race, gender, and sexuality animate debates in church, state, and society. Considerations of bodies and body images dominate personal lives. And new technologies allow for the creation and distribution of images as never before. How we "see" Jesus Christ plays a vital role in how we see ourselves, our communities, our churches, our nations, and our societies.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2016.

Find out more about this seminar here.

Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

 

Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

June 26-July 1, 2016

Directed by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (Calvin College)

The commandment to forgive is stringent in the New Testament, including by Jesus. But what, exactly, do we do when we forgive? What's involved in the "craft" of forgiveness? Do we forgive for the sake of the offender or for our own sake, so we can sleep nights? And, not least, why is the command so stringent? The seminar, guided by key readings, will address such questions, and others, on the way to clarifying forgiveness, a central part of good spiritual hygiene.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2016.

Find out more about this seminar here.

Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

 

Other Summer 2016 Seminars

Cultivating Faithful Citizens in a Pluralistic Society

June 12-17, 2016

Directed by Kevin R. den Dulk (Calvin College)
and James K. A. Smith (Calvin College)

Participation by invitation only.

Christian worship ends with sending: we gather as the people of God precisely in order to be sent into the earthly city. Our heavenly citizenship comes with a call to be good neighbors. Faithful discipleship engenders good citizenship. But many Christians wonder about their place in a public square that seems to be more diverse and increasingly hostile toward faith-based perspectives. How do faithful citizens of the city of God inhabit the contested spaces of the earthly city? This seminar will bring together scholars and ministry practitioners to reflect on faithful citizenship in those areas of civil society where the combination of pluralism and conflict is experienced most intensely.

*Participation in this seminar is by invitation only.

Find out more about this seminar here.

Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

 

Latino Protestant Congregations Project (Part III)

June 19-24, 2016

Directed by Gerardo Marti (Davidson College)
and Mark Mulder (Calvin College)

Ongoing; by invitation only.

The Latino Protestant Congregations (LPC) Project is a unique, three-year research grant funding a team of 10 social scientific researchers (fellows) conducting "ground level" observations and interviews across the United States to capture the diversity of liturgy and worship in Latino churches. Fellows and project directors will gather annually to plan, collaborate, and debrief during the funding period.

*Participation in this seminar is by invitation only and limited to those who took part in 2014 and 2015.

Find out more about this seminar here.

Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Because our seminars are grant-funded, there is little cost to participants to attend – participants pay for travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan and personal meals and expenses during the seminar. The grants cover the cost of on-campus housing, books and materials, as well as some meals and a few social events.

 

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