Previous National Conferences

2022: Implicit Racial Bias and the Academy
Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, October 28-30, 2022

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Eddie Glaude, Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University
Tabitha Jones Jolivet, Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, Azusa Pacific University
Forrest E. Harris, Sr., President, American Baptist College and Professor/Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies at Vanderbilt University


2021: Science, Faith, and the Common Good
Boston College, Boston, MA, October 8-10, 2021

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Stephen Barr, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Delaware
Thea James, Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Harvard University and Boston Medical Center
Nancey Murphy, Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary


2020: Tranquillitas Ordinis: Education and the Common Good
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, October 19, 2020

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Jeremy D. WilkinsBoston College
Nathan Cornelius, Johns Hopkins University
Joel Scott DavisSamford University
Daniel Gee, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

2019: The Character of the University
Baylor University, Waco, TX, October 18-20, 2019

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Talbot Brewer and Candace Vogler"Pathologies and Prospects"
Francis Su and Elizabeth Newman"How Do We Make Room for Human Flourishing?"
Thomas Hibbs: "Liberal Education at the Margins"

2018: Robust and Receptive Ecumenism
Hope College, Holland Michigan, October 12-14, 2018

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Lisa DeBoer, "The Accidental Ecumenist"
Steven Harmon, "Redemptive Ecumenism and the Construction of Christian Identity in Christian Higher Education."
Daniel Keating, "Robust and Receptive Ecumenism: Challenges and Opportunities"

2017: National Conference: Discernment, Engagement, Reflection
Loyola Marymount University, October 27-29, 2017

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Stephanie Paulsell“A ‘whole made of shivering fragments’: Contemplation, Creativity, and Education”
Douglas Christie and Rubén Martínez“Mystics, Migrants: Desert Practices in an Age of Exile"

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 Network Office Closed

The Lilly Network office will be closed from Thursday, December 21-Wednesday, January 3 for the holiday break. Wishing you a joyous Christmas!

November Lilly Network Update

The Current Lilly Network Update for November 2023 is now available. Click here.

Announcing the winner of the 2023 Lilly Network Book Award

The Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities is pleased to announce Willie James Jennings' After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging as its 2023 Book Award Winner. For more information and to see a complete list of finalists, click here.

Call for applications for the 2024-2026 Cohort of the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program

Applications for the 2024-2026 Cohort of the Lilly Faculty Fellows Program for mid-career faculty are due November 15. For more information and to apply, click here.

Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

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New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.