Previous National Conferences

2016: National Conference: Reformed and Always Reforming: Faith, Science, Art and Culture
Augsburg, Minneapolis, MN, October 14-16, 2016

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Brad S. Gregory“Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We Want It to or Not)”
Lea F. Schweitz“Seeing the Infinite in the Finite and Reforming Our Visions of Nature”
Joanna Lindell, "Art and the Reformation"
Paul Oman, "Drawn to the Word"


2015: National Conference: Created for Creativity: Music, Culture and Faith
Belmont University, Nashville, TN, October 9-11, 2015

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Steve Guthrie, “From Possession to Gift: A Theology of Creative Generosity”
Panelist Discussion on Christianity and the Arts featuring: Ginny Owens, William Powell & Rod Riley
Music, Culture, and Faith Performance 


2014: National Conference: A Future City, A New Creation: Equal on All Sides
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, September 26-28, 2014

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Monya Stubbs, “Indebted Love: Paul's Subjection Language in Romans
Elijah Anderson, “The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life”
John Ware, performance of “Freedom Rides”


2013: National Conference: Faith and Academic Freedom in Civic Virtue
The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, October 18-20, 2013

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Plenary Addresses:
Mark Ravizza, SJ,
"Inspiring Faith and Engaging Reality: Education for Civic Virtue in a Secular Age"
Patricia McGuire, Esq.
"Civic Virtue Starts at Home: Faith and Freedom for Institutional Transformation"
Rob Kapilow,
Perfomative Presentation


2012: National Conference: Incorporating Service: The Body at Work
The University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 19-21, 2012

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Plenary Addresses:
Jeff Bouman, Faithfully Present: Building the Universe, Each in Our Own Inexplicable Ways
Samuel Wells, Rethinking Service
Regina Wolfe, Minding the Common Good: Creating and Maintaining a Mission-Driven Institutional Culture


2011: Reconciliation in History, Music, and Literature
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, October 21-23, 2011

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Plenary Addresses:
Charles Marsh, “Are We Still of Any Use?: The Audacious Hope of the Engaged Scholar
Trudier Harris, “The Terrible Pangs of Compromise: Racial Reconciliation in African American Literature
Rosephanye Dunn Powell, "African-American Spirituals and Gospel: Song Creating Community”


2010: Face to Face in Time and Place: Perspectives on Place in Higher Learning
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, October 15-17, 2010
Plenary Addresses:
Gretchen Buggeln, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts, Associate Professor of Art History and Humanities, Valparaiso University, Campus Places and Placemaking: Tradition and Innovation in the Architecture of American Higher Education

Gerardo Marti, L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology, Davidson College, Hacker Ethics and Higher Learning: The Moral Clash Determining the Future of Education

Vincent Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton, Where is the University Now? Education and Place in Global Space

Video of the Plenary Sessions are available at Valparaiso University's YouTube page:

For Gerardo Marti's talk, click here.  For Vincent Miller's talk, click here.
For Vespers Homily on Exodus 33 by Dr. Frederick Niedner, October 14, 2010, click here.
For Vespers Homily on Luke 24 by Dr. Frederick Niedner, October 15, 2010, click here.

For Photos from the National Conference as well as the Postdoctoral Fellows Reunion and Workshop for Senior Administrators, click here.


2009 - Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Practicing Cosmopolitanism

Plenary Addresses:

Angela Christman - The Cosmopolitan Church: Voices from the Tradition
Amir Hussain - Building Faith Neighbors: Church Colleges and Muslim Communities
Suresh Canagarajah - The Possibility of a Community of Difference


2008 - Seattle Pacific University: Beauty: What's Justice Got To Do With It?

Nicholas Wolterstorff - Beauty and Justice
E. Christine Chaney - Beauty and Truth
Benita Wolters-Fredlund - Beauty and Suffering

2007 - Mercer University: Three Mirrors: Reflections on Faithful Living: The Legacy of Robert Shaw, Flannery O'Connor, and Martin Luther King, Jr

Ann Howard Jones - Teaching America to Sing:  The Legacy of Robert Shaw
Christina Bieber Lake - Vocation Through Limitation: Flannery O'Connor's Life of Faith
Andrew Manis - With and Without Honor: The Prophetic Legacy of Martin Luther King,Jr. and American Response

2006 - Xavier University: A Blessed Heritage: The Contributions of American Church-Related Higher Education

Rhonda Jacobsen and Douglas Jacobsen - Protestant Universities and American Experiences: Vanity, Variety, Vision
David O'Brien - Higher Education: Catholic and/or American:  The Contribution of Catholic Higher Education to the American Experience  
Walker Gollar - The Role of Midwestern Christian Education in the Abolition of Slavery

2005 - College of the Holy Cross: Keeping the Faith: Four Religious Perspectives on the Creation of Tradition

William J. Abraham - Tradition and Change in Methodism
Alan Avery-Peck - Creating an Authentic Faith: Traditions and Traditionalism in Judaism
Margaret Bendroth - Liberating Reformed Tradition:  The Challenge of Christian Vocation in the Twenty-First Century World
John E. Thiel - Faithfulness to Tradition: A Roman Catholic Perspective

2004 - St. Olaf College: "fling yourself farther": Metaphor, Faith, and Learning

Gregg Muilenburg – The Cretan Glance: Toward a Theory of Metaphorical Responsibility
Julia Kasdorf – ’Same, same!’: Pleasures and Purposes of Metaphor
John Ferguson – Performative presentation of the Magnificat

2003 - Pepperdine University: Christianity and Liberal Learning: Revisiting the Connection

Jeanne Heffernan – Liberal Learning and the Light of Faith: An Initiation into Wholeness
Roger Lundin – ‘What We Have Loved’: Memory and the Heart of Learning
Christopher Parkening and Jubilant Sykes –Performative presentation

2002 - Valparaiso University: Vocation, Liberal Learning, and the Church-Related Academy

Father James Heft – The “Gentleman” and the Christian
Peter Mercer Taylor – JS Bach: Influences on His Music
Stephanie Paulsell – Life Work

2001 - Rivier College: “What, Then, Must We Do?” Social Justice, Service, and Religious Mission in Higher Education

Stephen Webb - Beyond Politics: Possibilities for Transformation in the Post-Secular University
Rebekah Miles - That’s All a Mule Can Do: Rethinking Work and Vocation in American Culture
Regina Shearer – Performative presentation

2000 - Loyola Marymount University: Moving Images: Film, the Sacred, and Higher Education

Richard Blake - Uncovering the Sacred: Substance and Style in the American Film
Fredrick Barton - Cultural Revelation and Historical Obfuscation: The Potentials and Dangers in Cinema as a Tool of Education
Tony Bui - Conversations with the director of Three Seasons

1999 - Valparaiso University: From Hellenistic to Pluralistic: Christianity and the Religions of the World

Paul J. Griffiths - Seeking Egyptian Gold: A Fundamental Metaphor for the Christian Intellectual Life in a Religiously Diverse Age
Antonie Wessels - The Role of Storytelling in Interreligious Dialogue
Nelly Van Doorn-Harder - Sharing the Gold: The Dialogues of Life and Action

1998 - Saint Mary’s College / University of Notre Dame: Athens and Jerusalem: Sacred Learning and Secular Culture

Nicholas Wolterstorff – Tertullian’s Enduring Question: What Does Athens Have to Do with Jerusalem?
Michael Buckley - Science and Religion: Antinomy, Dependence or Coordination?
Libby Larsen - The Canticle of Mary: A Setting for the Magnificat

1997 - Baylor University: The City of God Revisited: Church and State in the Twenty-First Century

Kent Greenawalt - Religious and Secular Arguments in Liberal Democratic Discourse
Eileen Barker - Religious Pluralism and America’s Public Philosophy
James M. Dunn - Christian Citizenship and Political Advocacy

1996 - Valparaiso University Nurturing Souls: Scholarship and the Christian World View

Jeanne Knoerle - Love of Learning and the Desire for God
Richard Mouw - Christian Scholarship: The Difference a World View Makes
Robert VerEecke - Dance and Religion: Reforming the Sacred Circle

1995 - Valparaiso University: Nurturing Souls: Learning and the Sciences of Human Development

Sharon Daloz Parks - Led Where We Did Not Plan To Go
Mary C. Boys - The Grace of Teaching
David Morgan - The Role of Images in Religious Education

1994 - Valparaiso University: Nurturing Souls: Teaching and the Arts of Formation

Arthur F. Holmes - Teaching as Formation
Mary K. Oyer - The Nurturing Spirit
Shirley H. Showalter - Teachers Teaching Teachers: What We’ve Learned

1993 - Valparaiso University: Communities of Learning

Parker J. Palmer – “Only Connect”: On Living and Learning in Community
Barbara Doherty - The Diversity of Spiritualities in the Community of Learners
Walter M. Wangerin, Jr. – “Saxifrage” - A Story of, from and for One Christian Community

1992 - Valparaiso University: Spirituality and Higher Learning

Bernard McGinn - The Letter and the Spirit: Can Spirituality Be an Academic Discipline?
John Steven Paul - Lord, Hear and See Our Prayer: Artistic Performance as Expression of Personal Spirituality
Roberta C. Bondi - Re-Envisioning the Rational: Loving, Praying and Thinking

1991 The Inaugural Conference - Valparaiso University: Christianity and the Academic Vocation

Lawrence Cunningham - Gladly wold he Lerne and gladly teche: The Catholic Scholar in the New Millennium
Frank Burch Brown - Teachers, Mediums and Magi: Christian Educators in Humanities and the Arts
Sallie McFague - The Planetary Agenda and an Earthly Theology

Noteworthy News

LIlly Fellows Program Office Closed June 30 to July 17, 2017

The Lilly Fellows Program Office will be closed from June 30 to July 17, 2017.


2017 LFP National Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 LFP National Conference, October 27-29, 2017, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.  For more information and to register, click here.


2017 Workshop for Senior Administrators

Registration is now open for the annual Workshop for Senior Administrators, October 26-27, 2017, at Loyola Marymount University.  For information and to register, click here.


Save the Date and Call for Papers: Upcoming 2017 Regional Conference

On October 13-14, 2017, Central College in Pella, Iowa, will host "Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation."  For more information and call for papers, click here


May LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for May, 2017 is now available. Click here.


Announcing the Winner and Finalists of the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction

We are happy to announce the winner and finalists of the 2016 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction.  Please click here.


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