NEW! You don’t have to wait until January to learn from leading thinkers in a variety of fields! This summer, you can access three online-only lectures that aim to cultivate deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day.

One lecture will be released at 12:30 p.m. EST on three Wednesdays in July: July 13, July 20, and July 27. Simply click the Watch Now button to tune in, and then check back in September for the full line up of speakers for January 2023.


Angie Schmitt

Angie Schmitt (Week 1)

Wednesday, July 13

Island Press is offering a webinar discount on Angie's book.  The code (WEBINAR) is valid at the book just under $20 (plus shipping).

Angie Schmitt is one of the country's best known writers on the topic of sustainable transportation. She was the long time national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and NPR. She is the founder of the new firm 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small Cleveland-based firm which is focused on pedestrian safety. Her book Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America was published in 2020 by Island Press.  

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Winn Collier

Winn Collier (Week 2)

Wednesday, July 20

A pastor for 26 years, Winn was the founding pastor of All Souls in Charlottesville, Virginia, and now teaches pastoral theology and directs the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Winn holds a PhD. in Religion & Literature from the University of Virginia, where he explored the sacramental vision of Wendell Berry’s fiction. Winn has written five books, most recently the epistolary novel Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Smalltown Church and A Burning in My Bones, the biography of Eugene Peterson.

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Debra Rienstra

Debra Rienstra (Week 3)

Wednesday, July 27

Debra Rienstra is professor of English at Calvin University, where she has taught since 1996, specializing in early British literature and creative writing. She is the author of four books—on motherhood, spirituality, worship, and ecotheology/climate change—as well as numerous academic essays, literary essays, and poems. Her most recent book is Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth (Fortress 2022), a book that combines theology, nature writing, and biological principles to consider how Christians must adapt our faith and practice for a climate-altered planet. Rienstra is also the host of the Refugia Podcast and writes bi-weekly for The Reformed Journal, writing about spirituality, pop culture, the church, the arts, higher ed, and more. 

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