Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics
The Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics provides environments and resources to educate, facilitate and train Seminary students, members of Christian leadership and the Christian community as a whole in the area of social ethics. Its aim is to empower Christians to fulfill the biblical injunction to be "salt and light" and to "shine like stars" in a dark and depraved world (Matthew 5, Philippians 2:14,15). The Institute endeavors to partner and network with other, like-minded institutions, agencies and organizations on the national and global scene which are concerned about a comprehensive, cutting edge and robust evangelical witness to the public square.
The Institute's annual theme will be fleshed out during the course of the academic year in a series of three activities:
Each year the institute publishes a book based on the theme of that year.
- First Installment (2008): Evangelicalism and Social Responsibility
- Second Installment (2009): Christians and Political Engagement
- Third Installment (2010): Justice and Healthcare
- Fourth Installment (2011): Thinking Christiainly about Immigration
- Fifth Installment (2012): Caring for Our Father's World
On Sunday, September 12, 2010, Dr. Vernon Grounds, whose name the Grounds Institute gratefully and proudly bears, departed this life and transitioned into the presence of his loving Lord. Having been blessed with long life which he faithfully devoted to the service of Christ, Dr. Grounds impacted countless lives both in this country and across the world. [more]
The 2012-2013 academic year will focus on the theme "Children and Poverty"
Monday, October 8 & 9 2012
TOPIC: “Children and Poverty”
Denver Seminary's Simpson Chapel
Presented by Dr. Therese McGee, Director at Lydia Home
A lunch discussion will follow each lecture-please bring your own lunch.
For more information and audio of previous presentations, visit the Kent Mathews page
Rally for the Common Good Events in 2012-2013 will be announced soon.
For more information, visit the Rally for the Common Good page
Salt & Light 2012-2013
- Child Seminar: Poverty, Child Development and the Church
Discovering how southern hemisphere churches are nurturing children out of poverty and into a hopeful future. Hosted by Compassion International. More details here.
- A video is available for those students who attended. View it here.
- Trip to Haiti
Students will be taking a trip to Haiti where they will attend a conference on Children and Poverty. They will also work with at risk Haitian youth. More details here.