C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge
July 26 — August 3, 2011
Paradigms of Hope
Transcending Chaos & Transforming Culture
Speakers and Leaders
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Plenary Speakers (alphabetical order)
Jonathan Aitken Randy Alcorn Ken Blanchard Kevin Belmonte Charles Colson Micheal Flaherty Os Guinness Roberta Hestenes David Lyle Jeffrey Vishal Mangalwadi George Marsden Stan Mattson Joseph Pearce Mary Poplin
Preachers and Meditation Leaders
Malcolm Guite Richard Kannwischer Todd Lake Earl Palmer John Polkinghorne Michael Ward Kallistos Ware
Plenary Speakers (alphabetical order)
Jonathan Aitken — Author, broadcaster, columnist, lecturer and campaigner for prison reform. He is a former British cabinet minister and member of Parliament whose political career ended when he told a lie on oath in a libel action. Subsequently he pleaded guilty to charges of perjury and served a 7-month prison sentence in 1999. After subsequently graduating with Distinction in Theology from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he began a new career as a writer, lecturer, and broadcaster. His wider activities include being a director of Prison Fellowship International, Executive Director of The Trinity Forum in Europe, and Honorary President of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice’s policy study group on Prison Reform. Randy Alcorn — Author and Founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries, which is dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. He is the best-selling author of over 40 books, in thirty languages, with five million copies in print, including Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and his 2002 Gold Medallion-winning novel, Safely Home. He also writes for periodicals, and he has been a frequent teacher and speaker at conferences worldwide as well as on television and radio. Prior to starting EPM, he served as a co-pastor in the Portland, OR area for 13 years. Ken Blanchard — Best-selling author/co-author of more than 30 books (including The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus), and Cofounder/Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm. He is also Co-Founder of the nonprofit Lead Like Jesus, whose mission is to inspire and equip leaders of ministries, business, and churches. Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking including induction into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. In addition, Ken teaches graduate classes in Executive Leadership at the University of San Diego. Kevin Belmonte — Award-winning author of William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity, 2007. He has served as a script consultant for the BBC and PBS. For six years (2001-2007), he served as the lead historical consultant for “Amazing Grace,” the critically acclaimed feature film about the life of Wilberforce, directed by noted British film director, Michael Apted. During the last two years, Belmonte’s biography of Wilberforce has been required reading for courses on character and leadership formation at Harvard. At present, he has just completed writing biographies on G.K. Chesterton, John Bunyan, and D.L. Moody. Charles Colson — Founder and Chairman of Prison Fellowship International, former Special Counsel to President Nixon, and recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1993, and the Presidential Citizens Medal from George Bush in 2008. Colson is particularly noted for promoting prisoner rehabilitation and reform of the prison system. He is a syndicated columnist and author of over 30 books, including the autobiographical best-seller, Born Again, How Now Shall We Live (challenging Christians to understand biblical faith as an entire worldview), Being the Body, Justice That Restores, and most recently, The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters. The Chuck Colson Center is a research, study, and networking center for growing in a Christian worldview. Micheal Flaherty —Co-Founder and President of Walden Media, a publishing company that focuses on making educational entertainment for the entire family, including The Chronicles of Narnia film series. Through books, films, and accompanying comprehensive educational materials and programs, Walden Media aims to help teachers by creating enthusiasm in the classroom and connect learning to entertainment. Prior to founding Walden in 2001, Flaherty worked with the Boston Public School System. He has contributed articles to journals such as The National Review, The Boston Business Journal,and The American Spectator. Os Guinness — Prolific author of over 25 books, social critic, Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York, co-founder of the Trinity Forum, Washington, D.C. (and Senior Fellow from 1991 until 2004). He is a regular speaker and seminar leader at political and business conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His latest book, The Case for Civility was published by HarperOne in 2008. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft the Williamsburg Charter and co-authored the public school curriculum, Living With Our Deepest Differences. Roberta Hestenes —With a varied career as educator, lecturer, consultant and author, she served for 30 years with World Vision, the last five of which were as International Minister-at-Large. She was President and Professor of Christian Spirituality at Eastern College, St. David’s, PA for 13 years. Prior to that, Hestenes served as Professor and Director of Christian Formation at Fuller School of Theology for 13 years. She has been an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister, serving large congregations in California and Washington State. Having lectured and taught Christian leaders, pastors, relief and development workers in more than eighty countries over 30 years, she has been semi-retired since 2005, but continues her seminary teaching, writing and speaking. David Lyle Jeffrey — Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities in Baylor University's Honors College, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow and Director of Manuscript Research in Scripture and Tradition at the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Jeffrey has also been a Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) since 2005. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he previously taught at the University of Ottawa and served as Chair of English both at the University of Victoria and the University of Ottawa. As a medievalist and as a scholar of biblical tradition in Western Literature and art, Jeffrey has published widely, both books and in academic journals. Vishal Mangalwadi — International lecturer, social reformer, political columnist, and author. He was born and raised in India, and studied philosophy at various universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L’Abri Fellowship with Francis Schaefer. Having lectured in 32 countries, Mangalwadi has written several books on the role of the Bible in transforming entire societies, including the forthcoming The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization. He is currently working on the production of a television documentary, The Book of the Millennium: How the Bible Changed Civilization. George Marsden — Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. His many books include Jonathan Edwards: A Life, The Soul of the American University, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, and Fundamentalism and American Culture. He has taught history at Calvin College, Duke University Divinity School, as well as Notre Dame. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, St. Andrews University Scotland, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has long been an advocate of the importance of Christian perspectives in scholarship and higher education. Stan Mattson — Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns in Oxford, England and Director of the triennial C.S. Lewis Summer Institute in Oxbridge. A past member of the faculty of Gordon College and of the faculty and administration of the University of Redlands, Dr. Mattson also served as Headmaster of The Master’s School of West Simsbury, CT. He founded the C.S. Lewis Foundation in 1986, with the long-range objective of establishing an interdisciplinary, “mere Christian” prototype “Great Books College,” with a school of visual and performing arts, to be named in honor of C.S. Lewis. Joseph Pearce — Author, Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University, Naples, FL; and Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the St. Austin Review, an international magazine dedicated to reclaiming Catholic culture. He has written a number of critically acclaimed, best-selling biographies of great 19th and 20th-century Christian authors, including Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, Tolkien: Man and Myth, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, and Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile. He is also Series Editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions and Editor-In-Chief of Sapientia Press. Pearce is convinced that good literature must play a key role in the conversion of individuals and the renewal of culture. Mary Poplin— Professor of Education, Claremont Graduate University, CA. Her academic work focuses on 1) the study and advancement of the education of the poor and 2) the engagement of secularism’s exclusivity in higher education. Her most recent K-12 research is a five-year study of 31 high performing teachers in nine low performing schools in urban Los Angeles. Regarding secularism, she has presented related Veritas Forums, delivered the 2011 Blaise Pascal Lectures, and published a chapter on Confronting the Secular Imperative. Her book, Finding Calcutta, about her time with Mother Teresa, chronicles her gradual awakening to the problems of secularism after her late conversion to Christianity.
Preachers & Scripture Meditation Leaders
(in alpha order)
Malcolm Guite — Anglican priest, Chaplain & Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge, Guite teaches Literature and Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. He is involved with a number of projects linking theology and the arts, and has published poetry, literary criticism and theology in various journals. His books include Beholding the Glory and What Do Christians Believe? He contributed to The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. His new book on theology and imagination, Faith Hope and Poetry, was released in 2010. As founder of the rock band, Mystery Train, he writes lyrics and performs on guitar and vocals. Richard Kannwischer — Senior Pastor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA. He previously served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, as Senior Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church of Summit, NJ, and as an Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both Trinity University and Princeton Theological Seminary, from both of which he is an alumnus. Todd Lake, 2011 Summer Institute Chaplain — Vice President for Spiritual Development at Belmont University, Nashville. Prior to that, Lake held the position of Dean for University Life at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and co-pastored (with his wife, Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake) an interracial Baptist church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, deeply involved in community ministries to the poor, immigrants and prisoners. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, a legislative aide in California working on bills to protect migrant farm workers, and a summer missionary in Germany and Los Angeles, his hometown. He has taught theology, education and business ethics on both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is the author of numerous articles on the power of Christian faith to effect societal change. Earl Palmer — Speaker and author. Recently retired after 15 years as Senior Pastor of University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA, Palmer had, prior to that, served as senior minister of First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA for 21 years. Since retiring from pastoral teaching, he has devoted his energies to Earl Palmer Ministries, which focuses on encouraging pastors and laity in both discipleship and service as followers of Jesus Christ in today’s world. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary, of Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., and of New College Berkeley, CA. He has authored nearly two dozen books, including many commentaries on various books of the Bible. Most recently, he completed his role as Preaching Pastor-in-Residence at The National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC. John Polkinghorne — Physicist and theologian; President Emeritus, Queen’s College, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society; Canon Theologian of Liverpool; and author. Polkinghorne worked for 25 years in theoretical elementary particle physics, holding a chair at Cambridge University, 1968-79. After ordination as an Anglican priest and 5 years in parish ministry, he returned to Cambridge, first as Dean of Chapel at Trinity Hall and then as President of Queens’ College, eventually retiring in 1996. He has served on a number of committees advising the United Kingdom Government on ethical issues relating to scientific advances, particularly in the area of human genetics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1997. The author of 32 books, 18 on science and religion, Polkinghorne was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002. He served as the founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion. Michael Ward— Anglican clergyman and Chaplain of St Peter's College, Oxford. He is the coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008) which became the subject of the BBC television documentary The Narnia Code (2009). He has lectured on Lewis all over the world (Sweden, South Korea, Canada) and very widely in his native United Kingdom and in the United States (e.g., Harvard, Yale, the Library of Congress). A former President of the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, Dr. Ward lived at The Kilns from 1996-1999, looking after the property on behalf of the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Kallistos Ware — Metropolitan of Diokleia. Ware was a lecturer at Oxford teaching Eastern Orthodox Studies for 35 years until his retirement in 2001. As Bishop of Diokleia, Ware remained in Oxford and carried on his duties both as the parish priest of the Oxford Greek Orthodox community and as a lecturer at the University. Since retirement, he has continued to publish and to give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, traveling widely. Until recently, he was the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. He is the Chairman of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue. In 2007 he was elevated to Metropolitan. Perhaps his best known writings have been the book The Orthodox Church and more recently, a companion volume, The Orthodox Way.