2020 CSC Theme:
A Livable World:
Partnerships in Creation, Justice, Wellness & Economy
June 3-5, 2020
Comments on the theme:
How can collaboration impact social and ecological health? What pathways might converge to lead us to a durable social and ecological future? What can creation, justice, wellness and economy do in partnership? Join us June 3-5, 2020, when the Christian Scholars' Conference returns to Lipscomb University where we will examine the intersections of creation, justice, wellness and economy through plenary events and scholarly sessions to explore what makes our world livable. Together, we will consider current issues and scholarship that speak into the beauty and diversity on earth. How will we care for what has been entrusted to us?
We are pleased to announce the following three plenary speakers for the 2020 CSC:
Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.
Ted Kooser is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet. He is a two-time United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006). As an author, he has written thirteen full-length collections of poetry, plays, fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, and children’s books. His collection Delights and Shadows won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, and his most recent collection, Kindest Regards, celebrates his sixty years as a working American poet and includes both old poems and new. Kooser’s writing is known for its clarity, precision, and accessibility.
Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi, a historian and New York Times best-selling author, is Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. He is an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic and in 2016, his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the National Book award.
The CSC distinguishes itself through its mission and by enacting the bold claims that we are:
- Committed to meeting and exceeding national conference standards in each academic discipline,
- interdisciplinary (science dialogues with the arts and social sciences interact with theology, for example) and,
- people of faith. What we mean by “people of faith” is better described than pronounced. So, I include for your consideration (and use) the following prayer, by Professor Leslie Reed, from a recent conference:
A prayer by Leslie Reed
Merciful God, who is both Lord and loving parent, we bow before you today. We acknowledge your presence and your power.
You are the Faithful One. You are One Who Sees. You are One Who Acts.
From generation to generation you have raised up those whom you have called to action – women and men through whom your hand has moved, bringing about reformation, release, restoration, relief, reconciliation, renewal.
We bear witness to those who have gone before us. We honor them, and give thanks for the works you accomplished through them.
We are grateful today for the opportunity to be here, engaging with our brothers and sisters, seeking to enliven our minds and refresh our spirits in community with one another.
We thank you for this opportunity and for the gifts of the mind. But even as we rejoice in the community around us, we see beyond it. We see the brokenness, the poverty, the racial tension, the ideological conflicts round about us. We see wrath, powers, cruel hate. We see injustice. Give us your eyes that we may see indeed.
Convict our hearts and embolden our spirits that we might be agents of change. Let us not only see and know, but bring us to action. Show us how to use the gifts and privilege you have lent us to work your restoration in the world around us. Let us bring your renewal to our universities, our communities, and our churches.
We long to see your will done and your peace reign.
We look to your hand and await you.
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, but in all we do direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray,
About the Christian Scholars’ Conference
The mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference is to create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of scholarly dialogue and collaboration.
The conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with Churches of Christ. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith.
In service to its mission, the CSC has adopted a model wherein the conference is hosted at Lipscomb University and every fourth year rotates to a supporting university. Our recent history and future plans:
Lipscomb University (2008-10)
Pepperdine University (2011)
Lipscomb University (2012-2014)
Abilene Christian University (2015)
Lipscomb University (2016, 2017, 2018)
Lubbock Christian University (June, 2019)
Lipscomb University (June 3-5, 2020; June 9-11, 2021; June 8-10, 2022)
The conference is funded by registration fees and the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference Endowment Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference Endowment Fund, please click here.*