National Conference

Twenty-Eighth Annual National Conference

Robust and Receptive Ecumenism

Hope College, Holland, Michigan

October 12-14, 2018


The 28th National Conference, Robust and Receptive Ecumenism, will take place on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 12-14, 2018. 

The faculty, staff, and students at institutions in church-related higher education are increasingly more ecumenically diverse than the historical or present-day denominational affiliations of colleges and universities might suggest. The intent of robust and receptive ecumenism is to encourage people to speak willingly and openly from their particular Christian perspectives, ask for clarification when others’ ways of speaking need translation, and work at genuine understanding, which might include informed disagreement. Indeed, robust and receptive ecumenism does not assume that everyone must adopt a lowest common denominator stance with respect to differences. Rather, it proposes that, in order for authentic conversation to take place, people must honestly express deeply held views they hold as true.

Speakers include:

  • Lisa DeBoer, Professor of Art, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California
  • Steven Harmon, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
  • Daniel Keating, Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, Michigan
Registration is Now Open.  To Register, and for More information, Visit the Conference Website Here.
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For Information on Previous National Conferences, Click here.

Future National Conferences

2019 - Baylor University
Waco, Texas
October, 2019

2020 - Benedictine University
Lisle, Illinois
October, 2020

2021 - Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts
October, 2021

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Registration is Now Open for the 2018 LFP National Conference

Registration is now open for the 28th National Conference, Robust and Receptive Ecumenism, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 12-14, 2018.  For more information and to register, Click Here.


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Registration is open for the 2018 Lilly Workshop for Senior Administrators on the theme, Hiring for Mission, which will take place on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 11-12, 2018.  For more information and to Register, Click Here.


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