Launch of the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics
- Sep 17, 2008
It is with great pleasure and excitement that Denver Seminary announces the establishment of the Vernon Grounds Institute for Public Ethics, which will be formally launched this fall. The inaugural event, which is planned for October 6 & 7, 2008 will be staged under the general theme "Christian Concern for our Common Life: The Christian and Political Engagement." It will feature two prominent and nationally known Christian scholars and noted ethicists: Dr. Ronald Sider, President of the Evangelicals for Social Action and Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary and Dr. Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary and an authority in the engagement of Christianity and the general culture.
During the two-day conference which will take place on the Seminary's campus in Littleton, theologians Sider and Bock will deal with several topics including: "Toward an Evangelical Methodology for Engaging Political Engagement," "Combining Evangelism and Social Action: Cementing the Legacy of Vernon Grounds," and "Engaging Culture Theologically."
We do request that interested persons register for the evening event with Dr. Ron Sider to be held on Monday, October 6 at 7pm. Visit the registration page for more information.
The Vernon Grounds Institute is being established in honor of Dr. Vernon Grounds, former president and current chancellor of the Seminary, veteran Christian statesman, and a champion of a vigorous Christian engagement in the public domain.
Geared towards the Seminary's students, Christian leaders and the general Christian community. the Institute aims to provide an environment as well as resources designed to sensitize, educate and train Christians in matter pertaining to social ethics, so that they may be empowered to fulfill the biblical mandate to be "salt and light."
The up-coming fall conference and inaugural event is only the first in a series of activities which will be held throughout the academic year under the aegis of the Institute. Future activities include a Winter Lecture in Fall and Spring Workshop/Seminar in April.
The Vernon Grounds Institute for Public Ethics welcomes the participation of any seminary student in its work. Activities which are specially designed for students include a "brown bag" discussion and a projected online forum where ethical issues of currency can be discussed throughout the year. Expressions of interest can be directed to Mrs. Frieda Craig and/or Dr. Dieumeme Noelliste in of Vernon Grounds Institute office.
For more details on the conference and the Vernon Grounds Institute in general please visit the website or call 303-761-2482.