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.

2015-2016 Series: Race Relations

This year's events with the Vernon Grounds Institute will explore important questions surrounding the issue of race and race relations. The series is being run in close collaboration with Denver Seminary's Urban Initiatives. Each event will engage these questions in a different manner, with different speakers, perspectives, and tools for considering this important issue.

Kent Mathews Lectureship

Dr. Carl F. Ellis, Jr. will be speaking at this year's Kent Mathews Lectureship. He will be speaking on race relations for two days during chapel. Dr. Ellis' talks will be followed by "Lunch and Learn" events during which this important and timely topic will be explored further.

Schedule for this year's Lectureship

Monday, October 19, 2015
Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Carl Ellis will present "Race - Will We Ever Get It Right?"
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Ellis, representatives from Denver Seminary, and individuals from the local African American Community.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Carl Ellis will present "Bridging the National Divide" 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Ellis, time for Q&A


Rally for the Common Good and Salt & Light Seminar

This year the final two events for the Vernon Grounds Institute were held in conjunction. The Salt & Light Seminar, often a panel of several guest speakers, took place in the morning. The Rally for the Common Good followed in the evening with an open lecture. 

This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Crawford Loritts. Dr. Loritts is a prominent African American pastor based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a popular speaker and a veteran evangelist having served many years with Campus Crusade for Christ. 

The events were held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 on the Denver Seminary Campus.

Audio of Presentations and Q&A Session

Dr. Crawford Loritts

Wilmer Ramírez

Dr. Sung Wook Chung

Rev. Leonce Crump

Rev. Laurie Cassidy

Panel Q&A


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