Join us for GCF’s First Graduate and Faculty Workshop

The Academic and the Church:

What Little Miss Sunshine has to do with your life as a Christian scholar.

How does the academic find her place in a Church that doesn’t always understand or value her vocation?
How does the Church shape university faculty to carry out their academic calling?
And how does the Christian scholar put his scholarship at the service of the church?

Dr James SmithJoin us for a morning of exploration as Dr. James K A Smith helps us to reflect on these and other questions related to the sometimes complicated relationship between the Church and Christian scholars. Dr. Smith will guide us as we consider how academic people relate to both the local church and the Church universal. He will wonder with us about the role of worship, community and mission in the formation of the Christian scholar and will facilitate as we workshop ideas for how our scholarship can serve and bless the Church.

If you have ever wondered about your role as an academic in the Church, please come join the conversation. We trust that you will be blessed to be part of a community of scholars who are learning to both serve and be served by the Church.

Saturday, May 3 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Kakao Cafe
415 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Join us at our campus lecture

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How (Not) To Be Secular

Dr. Smith Lecture The Lyceum promo flyerDr James SmithJames K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, his most recent books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Discipleship in the Present Tense (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014). His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things. He is a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine. Jamie and his wife, Deanna, have four children.

Lecture & Panel Discussion: Spiritual But Not Religious

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Spiritual But Not Religious: Seeking Transcendence in a Secular Age

Have you ever wondered…

how religious people today find themselves outside the mainstream?

why many have chosen to pursue transcendence apart from organized religion?

how Christians are to live and witness in this secular age?

Dr James SmithIf you have, please join us for a free, public conversation around these and related themes. Dr. James K A Smith will speak to this phenomenon of “spiritual but not religious” which is so common here in the Pacific Northwest where we have some of the lowest rates of “religious” observance in the world but where few would self-identify as atheists or materialists.


This lecture will be followed by responses from three local panelists:
Dr. James K. Wellman
Dr. James Wellman
(University of Washington)
Dr. Chelle Stearns
Dr. Chelle Stearns
(Seattle School of Theology and Psychology)
Dr. David Leong
Dr. David Leong
(Seattle Pacific University)

These local experts will contextualize the conversation for our reality here in the Pacific Northwest and help us think about how the Church is to understand and engage a culture in which secular spirituality is the norm. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Matthew Kaemingk from the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.

This event is presented in partnership with the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture and is co-sponsored by Seattle Pacific Seminary, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Fuller Seminary Northwest and University Presbyterian Church.

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University Presbyterian Church
Friday May 2nd, 2014
4540 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105