The Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life is held biennially at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College 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.
The 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.
The next Symposium on Religion and Public Life will be held April 25-27, 2019 at the Prince Conference Center on the Calvin College campus.
Ninth Biennial Henry Symposium on Religion and Public Life
April 27-29, 2017
The Paul B. Henry Institute held its ninth biennial Symposium on Religion and Public Life from April 27-29, 2017, at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College. The Symposium provides opportunities to present current research, to foster personal and professional networks and collaboration, and to learn about research opportunities in the field. Symposium attendance is open to anyone interested in the intersection of religion and public life. And a plug for the setting: Grand Rapids and the surrounding region has become a hot-spot to visit, with a vibrant art scene, brewery culture, and lakeshore attractions. Overnight room blocks have been reserved for Symposium guests. Read this article from the Calvin College newspaper, Chimes, about the event.
THEMES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
While the Symposium is open to all topics about religion and public life, we welcomed several special guests to the 2017 Symposium. U.S Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) was featured at the annual Paul B. Henry Lecture on Friday evening. Washington Post journalist Sarah Pulliam Bailey, along with Michael Wear and Burns Strider, veterans of faith outreach in several presidential campaigns, joined us in a plenary session on faith and the Democratic Party. Boston University’s Charles Glenn, an expert on education policy, presented the Center for Public Justice’s annual Kuyper Lecture on Thursday evening. Other panels and roundtables addressed a variety of topics and questions, including religion and foreign policy, evangelicals and the 2016 presidential election, the Trump presidency, religious freedom and LGBT rights, the future of charitable choice, democratic and anti-democratic movements abroad, Christians as public intellectuals, and a faith-based perspective on criminal justice reform, among many others.