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  • Public Lecture Series


    We are excited to offer our entire community a taste of the Formation School through a series of dynamic, engaging speakers.
  • 2019-02-19

    Justice + Peace in a Divided World with Lisa Sharon Harper


    With a strong focus on racial justice, Lisa leads trainings and mobilizes leaders around shared values. Prior to her current work as Executive Director of Freedom Road, Lisa was Chief Engagement Officer at Sojourners and the founding executive director of New York Faith &...
  • 2018-11-19

    Contemplation + Wholeheartedness with Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat


    During this special lecture, therapist, pastor, professor, and author, Dr. DeGroat will make accessible to us the invitation to contemplative prayer and practices that move us towards wholeheartedness—so that in this way of living and being, we may find transformation...
  • 2018-09-15

    Formation in the 21st Century with Dr. James K.A. Smith


    During this insightful event, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, and acclaimed author, Dr. Smith offered a compelling lens on what is forming us in this cultural moment and guided our community on how to faithfully journey together in the way of Jesus in light of...
  • 2018-05-21

    Peacemaking Learning Lab


    We live in a culture that is divided, fractured, and deeply in need of healing and peacemaking. This dynamic plays at the largest levels of systems and society, but it is just as pertinent to our everyday friendships, neighborhoods, schools, and connection with one...
  • 2018-04-23

    Human Trafficking Learning Lab


    Globally, there are an estimated 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation. A number of them are right here in our hometowns… Each night when the most of us are in bed there is another world that comes alive right here in West Michigan. So on Sunday, April...
  • 2018-03-18

    Racial Reconciliation Learning Lab


    Racial tensions are, in many ways, as high as we have seen in decades. The conversation cannot be ignored and in fact, the Church is uniquely equipped to play a key role in our cultural dialogue [and transformation] around race and justice. So on Thursday, March 8, we...
  • 2018-02-11

    Refugees + Immigration Learning Lab


    In the complex milieu of borders, allegiances, taxes and war zones—there are more than 65 million people worldwide who are displaced and over half of these refugees are children. All are among the most vulnerable, easily overlooked, ignored, and exploited. In the face of...
  • 2017-02-18

    On Evolving Faith with Sarah Bessey


    If that sounds like your faith journey—you’re not alone. Deconstruction can be a scary place for a believer but there is holy permission to lean into it. There are plenty of us out here reimagining, rethinking, reevaluating, restarting. So on Saturday, February 18 we...
  • 2016-11-02

    Dangerously Tired: Cultivating Rhythms that Help Us Rest in God with Dr. Ruth Haley Barton


    In today’s fast-paced culture, there is often little uncluttered space for God, few rhythms of rest that honor our human finiteness, and little courage to say no to lesser things in order to say yes to what really matters. The result is a level of exhaustion and spiritual...
  • 2016-02-13

    On Marriage with Dr. Andy + Rev. Kara Root


    The idea of marriage is bright and shiny. But the reality of marriage is a more complex cocktail of possibility and disappointment, fear and hope, brokenness and beauty. In this half-day workshop we will take a realistic look at marriage, both theologically and...
  • 2016-02-12

    On Divorce: An event for Children of Divorce with Dr. Andy Root


    Why does divorce cause so much strain and long-term distress for children of all ages? Dr. Andrew Root, a recognized authority on youth and family ministry and a child of divorce himself, believes that divorce causes children to question their core identity. Since a child...
  • 2015-11-14

    On Sexuality + The Church with Tony + Peggy Campolo


    Former advisor to two of our United States Presidents, as well as the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Dr. Tony Campolo has written more than 35 books. For over 10 years, however, he’s also been quite well-known for a...
  • 2015-10-10

    On The Male Journey with Dan Allender


    One of the ways we grow spiritually is by naming what is. To help us do that, we’ve invited Dan Allender here for a special men’s breakfast event where we’ll name what is “unique” about the male journey—all the joys and struggles—especially as it relates to being a a male...
  • 2015-03-14

    Design of Desire with Dr. Dan Allender


    We are designed by God to yearn for connection with others, to know and be known, and to be caught up in tasting and seeing the goodness of God. We were created with desire. And it is our desire for union, for the deepest level of intimacy that is most obscured by petty...
  • 2014-11-08

    Screen Time: Technology in a Sacred Universe with Craig Detweiler


    We know digital screens, social media, and the hyper-connected technological age we live in shapes our experience of the world, but what about our relationships with God, each other, and creation?
  • 2014-02-08

    Pursuing Health in Intimate Relationships with Dr. Dan Allender


    We all crave intimacy—with God and with others. So what does God’s design for intimate relationships look like? During this event, Dan Allender, former President of The Seattle School of Theology + Psychology, and author of numerous books, led us in a discussion on...