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Summer Seminars Archives

2012 Summer Seminars

Singing What We Believe: Theology and Hymn Texts
June 18 - 22, 2012
Bert Polman, Calvin College

American Frontiers in Global Perspective
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
June 24 - July 14, 2012
William Katerberg, Calvin College

Virtues and Vices, for Chinese Scholars
June 24 - July 20, 2012
Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College
Kevin Timpe, Northwest Nazarene University

Religion, Modernity, and the Hermeneutics of Science
July 8 - 21, 2012
Peter Harrison, University of Queensland

The Economics of Global Poverty
July 9 - 12, 2012
Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Cognitive Science of Religion and Christianity, Part 2
July 23 - 27, 2012
Justin Barrett, Fuller Theological Seminary

Globalization and Worship: Soundings from the Worldwide Church
July 23 - August 3, 2012
Charles Farhadian, Westmont College

Communitas: A Visiting Scholar Program
Available for four weeks over these five weeks: June 25 – July 27, 2012

2011 Summer Seminars

View the 2011 Photo Album

Reflective Pedagogy and Christian Practices
June 20 - July 1, 2011
David I. Smith, Ph.D. (Calvin College)

From Worldview to Worship: The Liturgical Turn in Cultural Theory
June 20 - July 8, 2011
James K.A. Smith, Ph.D. (Calvin College)

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program
June 20 - July 22, 2011 (four weeks over these five weeks.)

Congregations & Social Change: Adaptations and
Innovations among Religious Communities

June 27 - July 22, 2011
Gerardo Marti, Ph.D. (Davidson College)

Values and Virtues (For Chinese Scholars)
June 27 - July 22, 2011
Ted Davis, Ph.D. (Messiah College) and
Robin Collins, Ph.D. (Messiah College)

Philosophy of Religion (For Russian, Belarus, and Ukraine Scholars)
July 9 - July 30, 2011
Michael Rota, Ph.D. (University of St. Thomas) and
Kenneth W. Kemp, Ph.D. (University of St. Thomas)

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
July 11 - July 22, 2011
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Ph.D. (Calvin Theological Seminary)

Engaging the Texts, Preaching the Word
July 18 - July 22, 2011
Frederick Dale Bruner, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary) and
Scott Hoezee, M. Div (Calvin Theological Seminary)

Cognitive Science of Religion and Christianity
July 25 - August 5, 2011
Justin Barrett, PhD. (University of Oxford)

2010 Summer Seminars

2010 Photo Album

Seven Deadly Sins (Capital Vices) in the Christian Tradition
June 21-July 2, 2010
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Ph.D. (Calvin College) and
Robert Kruschwitz, Ph.D. (Baylor University)

The Power of Race in American Religion
June 21-July 9, 2010
Michael Emerson, Ph.D. (Rice University)

Case Studies from the History of Worship: Prospects for Research and Pedagogy in a Variety of Theological Disciplines
June 28-July 16, 2010
Lester Ruth, Ph.D. (Asbury Seminary)

Religion, War, and the Meaning of America
June 28 - July 16, 2010
Harry Stout, Ph.D. (Yale)

Faith and Globalization
July 12- July 23, 2010
Miroslav Volf, Th.D. (Yale)

From Text to Sermon
July 19-July 23, 2010
Frederick Dale Bruner, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary) and
Scott Hoezee, M. Div (Calvin Theological Seminary)

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program
June 21- July 23, 2010

2009 Summer Seminars

2009 Photo Album

Deliver Us From Evil: Genocide and the Christian World
June 22 - July 10, 2009
James E. Waller, Ph.D. (University of Vermont)

Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy
June 22 - July 10, 2009
Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, Ph.D. (Yale University) and
Terence D. Cuneo, Ph.D. (University of Vermont)

Professing Literature: Christian Engagement with Contemporary Literary Studies
July 6-10, 2009
Susan VanZanten Gallagher, Ph.D. (Seattle Pacific University) and
Roger W. Lundin, Ph.D. (Wheaton College)

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
July 6 - 17, 2009
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Ph.D. (Calvin Theological Seminary)

Business as Ministry: Exploring the Issues, Trends and Challenges
July 13-24, 2009
Steven L. Rundle, Ph.D. (Biola University) and
C. Neal Johnson, Ph.D., J.D. (Bakke Graduate University)

Taste and See: How to Teach for Depth in Worship
July 13-24, 2009
John D. Witvliet, Ph.D. (Calvin College)

Flame of Love: Social Science and Theology
on the Great Commandment

July 13 - 24, 2009
Stephen Post, Ph.D. (SUNY Stony Brook),
Margaret Poloma, Ph.D. (University of Akron), and
Matthew Lee, Ph.D. (University of Akron)

From Text to Sermon
July 20-24, 2009
Frederick Dale Bruner, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary) and
Scott Hoezee, M. Div (Calvin Theological Seminary)

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program
June 22-August 1, 2009

2008 Summer Seminars

Being Muslim in the United States
Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School

Teaching and Learning as Spiritual Disciplines
Frans van Liere, Calvin College and
Dale M. Coulter, Regent University

Congregations and Religious Diversity in Contemporary America

R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program

Christian Hymnody in Historical Perspective
Edith Blumhofer, Wheaton College

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

From Text to Sermon
Frederick Dale Bruner, Fuller Theological Seminary
and Scott Hoezee, Calvin Theological Seminary

Science, Philosophy, Belief:
A Seminar for Chinese Scholars
Del Ratzsch, Calvin College
and Michael Murray, Franklin and Marshall University

2007 Summer Seminars

Liturgical Identities: Global, National, Ecclesial
Michael L. Budde, DePaul University and
D. Stephen Long, Marquette University

Shaping Communities: The Role of Theatre in the Christian Academy
Debra L. Freeberg, Calvin College
John Steven Paul, Valparaiso University, and
Michael Stauffer, Wheaton College

Biblical Studies Across the Curriculum: Discerning Scripture for the Disciplines
James K. A. Smith, Calvin College and
J. Richard Middleton, Roberts Wesleyan College

Business as Ministry: Exploring the Issues, Patterns, and Challenges

Steven L. Rundle, Biola University and
C. Neal Johnson, Belhaven College

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program
Funds for Communitas fellowships provided by the
Provost's Office of Calvin College

Teaching Hymnology
Bert Polman, Calvin College

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

Transforming Voices: Worship and Preaching Among Afro-Christian Women
Michelle R. Loyd-Paige, Calvin College,
Charsie Randolph Sawyer, Calvin College, and
Barbara Omolade, Calvin College

Primal Religions as the Substructure of Christianity
Andrew F. Walls, University of Edinburgh;
Kwame and Gillian M. Bediako, Akrofi-Christaller Institute

2006 Summer Seminars

Teaching Hymnology
Bert Polman, Calvin College

The Many Languages of African-American Christian Worship and Music
James Abbington, Emory University

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program

Christian Worship and the Practices of Visual Art
William Dyrness, Fuller Theological Seminary

The Transformation of Christian Worship:
Recent History of Protestant and Catholic Practices (1960-2000)

John Witvliet, Calvin College & Seminary

Liturgy and Politics: Is the Church a Polis?
William Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas

"Taste and See that the Lord is Good":
Liturgical Participation and the Dynamics of Happiness

Ellen Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

Faith in the Classroom:
Christian Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

David Smith, Calvin College

Writing as Christian Proclamation in Contemporary Contexts:
The Truth’s Superb Surprise

Debra Rienstra, Calvin College

Consultation of Afro-Christian Scholars in Higher Education
Barbara Omolade, Calvin College, and
Willie Jennings, Duke Divinity School

2005 Summer Seminars

Musical Theology: Past Lessons, Present Perspectives
Richard Plantinga, Calvin College and
Clayton Schmit, Fuller Theological Seminary

Keeping and Talking the Word: Scripture Memorization for Contemplation, Formation, and Proclamation
Timothy Brown, Western Theological Seminary

Faith in the Classroom:
Christian Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

David Smith, Calvin College

Communitas: A Visiting Scholars Program

Making Markets Work for the Rural Poor: Christian Mission and Global Enterprise
Chris Barrett, Cornell University and
Thomas Reardon, Michigan State University

CCCU Disciplinary Workshop on Philosophy: What Does it Mean to Be a Christian Philosopher Today?
C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University and
Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University

Christian Formation for Participation in Worship:
How to Teach Worship in Congregations and Schools

John Witvliet, Calvin College

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

A Consultation of Afro-Christian Scholars in Higher Education
Barbara Omolade, Calvin College and
Willie J. Jennings, Duke University

2004 Summer Seminars

Works of Love: Scientific and Theological Perspectives on Altruism
Stephen G. Post, Case Western Reserve University and
Institute for Research on Unlimited Love

Nature in Belief: Evolutionary Explanation, Biological Function, and Religious Purpose
Alvin Plantinga, University of Notre Dame and
Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College

Gather into One: Praying and Singing with Christians Worldwide
C. Michael Hawn, Perkins School of Theology,
Southern Methodist University

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

CCCU Disciplinary Workshop on Theatre:
What's Right about Theatre in the Christian Academy

Debra Freeberg, Calvin College

Writing the World History of Christianity Since 1900
Mark Noll, Wheaton College

Afro-Christian Worship and Social Transformation
Michelle Loyd-Paige, Calvin College
Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid, Walla Walla College
Pic Charles Onwochei, University of Jos

The Preacher as Minor Poet
Craig Barnes, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and
Shadyside Presbyterian Church

Conceptual Models for Integrating Christian Faith
and Social Work Practice

Cheryl Brandsen, Calvin College
Beryl Hugen, Calvin College

2003 Summer Seminars

Agricultural Biotechnology & Sustainability: Food for Thought
a conference hosted by David Koetje and Uko Zylstra, Calvin College

Revisiting the Reformed Confessions:
Everything You've Wanted to Know but Were Too Busy to Ask

Frank Roberts, Calvin College

Written on the Heart: The Tradition of Natural Law
J. Budziszewski, The University of Texas at Austin

Christian Perspectives on Foreign Language Education
Barbara Carvill and David Smith, Calvin College

Prospects of Historic Christian Liturgy in a Postmodern Age
Bryan D. Spinks, The Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University

Christian Environmentalism With/Out Boundaries:
Living as Part of God's Good Earth

Mark Bjelland, Steve Bouma-Prediger, Susan Bratton,
Janel Curry & John R. Wood

A Consultation of Afro-Christian Scholars in Higher Education
Barbara Omolade, City College of the City University of New York &
Willie Jennings, Duke University

Health and Transformation in Afro-Christian Worship
Charsie Sawyer, Calvin College
Alexis Abernethy, Fuller Theological Seminary
J. Derek McNeil, Wheaton College

Imaginative Reading for Creative Preaching
Cornelius Plantinga Jr., Calvin Theological Seminary

Communicating Well for Ministry in a Technological Age
Quentin Schultze, Calvin College &
Duane Kelderman, Calvin Theological Seminary

Creation, Covenant, and Participation:
Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition

a conference hosted by James K.A. Smith, Calvin College

Exploring Your Vocation in Christian Academic Institutions
A conference for undergraduate honors students from Lilly Network Schools

Christianity, Cultures, & Worship Worldwide
a conference hosted by Charles Farhadian, Calvin College


2002 Summer Seminars

From Tertullian to Tutu: Africa's Place in Two Millennia of Christian History
Andrew Walls, University of Edinburgh

Hermeneutics at the Crossroads: The Disciplines of Text Interpretation
Kevin Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

American Literature and the Question of Belief
Roger Lundin, Wheaton College

The Arts, Aesthetic Theory, and the Practice of Christian Worship
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University

Natural Science in the Calvinist Tradition
Davis Young and John Schneider, Calvin College

A Consultation of African American Christian Scholars
in Higher Education

Barbara Omolade, City College of the City University of New York &
Willie Jennings, Duke University

2001 Summer Seminars

The Loss of the Self in a Postmodern Therapeutic Culture
Paul Vitz, New York University

Morality, Culture, and the Power of Religion in Social Life
Christian Smith, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

New Urbanism and Communities of Faith
Philip Bess, Andrews University and Thursday Architects

Biology and Purpose: Altruism, Morality, and Human Nature in Evolutionary Theory
Philip Clayton, Sonoma State University and
Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College

The Practice of Business: Reformed Christian Perspectives
Shirley Roels, Calvin College and John Visser, Dordt College

CCCU Disciplinary Faculty Workshop in History
George Marsden, University of Notre Dame

Consultation of African American Christian Scholars in Higher Education: Integrating Faith and the Scholarly Disciplines
Barbara Omolade, City College of New York and
Susan Felch, Calvin College

 


2000 Summer Seminars

Christianity as a World Religion
Lamin Sanneh, Yale University

Modernity, Postmodernity, and the Future of Hope
Miroslav Volf, Yale University

Design, Self Organization, and the Integrity of Creation
William Dembski, Baylor University

Kierkegaard: A Man for All Disciplines
C. Stephen Evans, Calvin College


1999 Summer Seminars

God and Evil
Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame

Realism and Antirealism
William Alston, Syracuse University

Postmodernism and the Humanities
Susan Felch and Lee Hardy, Calvin College

American Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism: An Historical Overview
George Marsden, University of Notre Dame


1998 Summer Seminars

Political Theory After Liberalism
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University

Theology and the New Physics
John Polkinghorne, Cambridge University

Anselm: Faith Seeking Understanding
Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University


1997 Summer Seminars

Puritanism and Its Discontents
Laura Lunger Knoppers, Pennsylvania State University

Globalization and Inequality
J. David Richardson, Syracuse University


1996 Summer Seminars

Tradition and Literary Study
Donald Marshall, University of Illinois at Chicago

Postmodern Philosophy and Christian Thought
Merold Westphal, Fordham University

 
 

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