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2024 Convocation

  • "God’s Character, God’s Mission, and The Work of God’s People: Everywhere All at Once“ featuring Mark Labberton.

2023 Convocation

2022 Convocation

2021 Convocation

  • “Black Presbyterians and Racial Justice: Reshaping the Reformed Tradition in the U.S.” featuring Rev. Dr. Perzavia Praylow and Rev. Dr. Douglas H. Brown Clark

2020 Convocation

  • 2020 Convocation Address: "Reformed Christians and Public Life: How Can We Speak to a Frayed Society?" by Dr. Cynthia Rigby, W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • 2020 Convocation Responses by Rev. Jessica Tate, Director of "Next Church," and Rev. John Molina-Moore, Executive Director, National Capital Presbytery

2019 Convocation

2018 Convocation

  • 2018 Convocation Address: "Unexpected Yet Not Un-Predestined? The Surprising Growth of Calvinism as a Global Religious Phenomenom in the Late 20th Century" by Dr. Paul C.H. Lim, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Vanderbilt University

2017 Convocation

  • 2017 Convocation Address: "Thoughts on the Character of the Protestant Reformation" by The Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, Desmund Tutu Professor for Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies, Christian Theological Seminary
    • Event Information
    • Social Media Roundup - Click here to view social media activity during the Convocation
    • Convocation Photos - Click here to view the photos on Facebook
    • Convocation Recording - Click here to listen to Dr. Boesak's Presentation. Click here to listen to the Convocation Q&A session.

2016 Convocation

2015 Convocation

2014 Convocation

  • 2014 Convocation Address: "Is There a Reformed Asthetic?" by William Dyrness, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
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    • Audio Download (UNAVAILABLE) - NOTE: The recording of the convocation address ends abruptly when the audience was asked to sing a hymn. For the final comments, please see the text of the address.

2013 Convocation

  • 2013 Convocation Address: "Getting Saved From What and For What? A Reformed Perspective" by Dr. David Kelsey, the Luther Weigle Professor of Theology, Yale Divinity School

2012 Convocation

  • 2012 Convocation Address: "One God, Many Faiths: Reformed Theology Engages Religious Pluralism" by Dr. Richard J. Plantinga, Professor of Religion, Calvin College
  • 2012 Convocation Response by Dr. John Y. Lee, Professor of Divinity, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

2011 Convocation

  • 2011 Convocation Address: Integrating Faith and Economic Life: Reformed Perspectives by Dr. Douglas A. Hicks, Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
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  • Respondent: D. Jeffrey Lenn, Associate Vice-President for Academic Operations and Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy at George Washington University
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  • Respondent: Whitworth ("Skip") Ferguson, III, pastor of the Manassas (Va.) Presbyterian Church. He was awarded an M.B.A by the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. by Cornell University
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2010 Convocation

  • 2010 Convocation Address: Passing on the Faith in an Unsettled Culture" by Dr. Christian Smith, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • 2010 Convocation Address: "Passing on the Faith Reformed Tradition: Old Resources and New Strategies" by Dr. Richard Osmer, Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary

2009 Convocation

2008 Convocation

2007 Convocation

Additional Resources

Biblical Texts on Immigration, Refugees, and the Stranger 2019

  • Click here for the handout from the event presented by Dr. Joel Baden of Yale Divinty School.

2017 Year of the Reformation - Thoughts on the Character of the Protestant Reformation

  • Click here to view the manuscript by Dr. Bruce Gordon.
  • Click here for more information on the event.

Calvinism and Politics - What Reformed Christians Believe About Civil Government

The Reformed Tradition has long been known for the value its adherents have placed on participation in public life as a way of carrying out the work of the church in the world. It has also been known for the distinctive views its adherents have had of the nature and purpose of civil government as well as the way in which Christians should conduct themselves in public. This event, presented by Dr. W. David Little, was designed as an opportunity to explore the resources available in the Reformed tradition for thinking about the political challenges of our time.

John Knox Sunday

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has proclaimed Sunday, October 26 to be John Knox Sunday in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish Reformer.

Roundtable Resources

The Family as a Learning Community: How the Church Can Help - October 15, 2011

Why Religious Literacy Matters - October 16, 2010

Biblical and Theological Literacy - What Exactly Are We Aiming For? - February 12, 2011

Christian Education in a Commitment-Challenged Culture - April 9, 2011

r. R. Bruce Douglass recommends:

  • Reading Recommendations available here
  • Christian faith: Calvinism is back, Christian Science Monitor, By Josh Burek, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor / March 27, 2010
  • Faith, nice and easy, The Christian Century, by Kenda Creasy Dean, associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary / August 10, 2010

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