The Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life is held biennially at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The purposes of the Symposium are to provide opportunities to share current research, foster personal and professional networks, facilitate joint research endeavors, and learn about research opportunities in the field. Attendance at the Symposium is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life.

symposium5The three day event includes roundtables and panels on a wide variety of topics. The Symposium also often includes special evening lectures by prominent thinkers and practitioners.

We are currently in the process of rescheduling the next Symposium on Religion and Public Life. Due to pandemic restrictions, we will be unable to host the event as originally scheduled in late April of 2021. When new dates have been determined, this website will be updated.

Call for Papers

Eleventh Biennial Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life

April 7-9, 2022

The Paul B. Henry Institute will hold its eleventh biennial Symposium on Religion and Public Life from April 7-9, 2022, at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin University. The Symposium provides opportunities to present research, foster personal and professional collaboration, and learn from thoughtful practitioners. Symposium attendance is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life. We invite you to join us at the Symposium and in Grand Rapids and West Michigan, both hot-spots to visit, with a vibrant art scene, brewery culture, and lakeshore attractions.


The Symposium will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. We hope to have several sessions and special guests commemorating the work done by Paul Henry and the initiatives and efforts that have spanned the Institute’s existence.

The Symposium is open to all scholars and practitioners, and will include the 2022 annual Henry Lecture, featuring Richard Mouw, former President of Fuller Seminary, Director of Fuller’s Institute of Faith and Public Life, philosopher, and now a Senior Research Fellow for the Henry Institute.

The Henry Symposium is also being held in conjunction with the Kuyper Conference, which will precede the Symposium. Both the symposium and the conference will take place at the Prince Conference Center. Discounted registration for both events is available and more information about the Kuyper Conference (April 5-7, 2022) is available at the Kuyper Conference website.

Symposium registration and hotel reservation information and links will be available in early December at this website.

Past Programs

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