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.

2014-2015 Series: Exploring the Bases and Ethical Implications of the Death Penalty

This year's events with the Vernon Grounds Institute will explore important questions surrounding the death penalty. 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. Rick Hess and Dr. Wilma Bailey will discuss capital punishment from biblical and theological viewpoints and present arguments for and against respectively. Following both presentations there will be a question and answer session over lunch provided by the Vernon Grounds Institute; here attendees will have the opportunity to delve further into the subject of capital punishment.

Schedule and Audio from this year's Lectureship

Monday, October 13, 2014
Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Part I: Dr. Rick Hess presents an argument for Capital Punishment from a Biblical and Theological Perspective
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Rick Hess 
audio │ video

      
Tuesday, 14, 2014

Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Part II: Dr. Wilma Bailey presents an argument against Capital Punishment from a Biblical and Theological Perspective 
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Rick Hess and Dr. Wilma Bailey
audio │ video

 

Rally for the Common Good

Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan will speak at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church on the "Moral Implications of the Practice of Capital Punishment." This is an open lecture, with the hope of engaging the larger Denver Metro Area community in this important discussion.

Following his time at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan will bring continue the discussion on the Denver Seminary campus during two special chapel sessions. Each chapel will be followed by a lunch with a question and answer session with Ryan, thus offering further opportunity to unpack this important issue. 

Schedule for this year's Rally

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
4:00 pm
Reverend Dr. Jim Ryan

Monday, February 23, 2015
Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reverend Dr. Jim Ryan
Main talk will be followed by Q&A over lunch

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Denver Seminary Chapel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Reverend Dr. Jim Ryan, Rabbi Joseph R. Black, and other panel participants (Q&A format)
Further time for Q&A over lunch will follow regular chapel time.

 

Salt & Light Seminar

Dr. Doug Groothuis and Ms. Jennifer Kraska will present views on capital punishment from philosophical and ethical perspectives for and against respectively. Both Dr. Groothuis and Ms. Kraska will have a respondent speaker challenging their respective viewpoints. Following the main event, all four speakers will sit down for a lunch with the attendees to discuss the different perspectives and how we can use them to be Salt & Light in this world. 

Schedule for this year's Seminar

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Denver Seminary Chapel
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Dr. Doug Groothuis and Ms. Jennifer Kraska will argue for and against capital punishment respectively, and respond to a speaker challenging each of their perspectives and arguments.
Lunch and discussion will follow the main presentation.

 

 

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