Preliminary Schedule


Please note: this schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Dinner on own (for those staying at hotel Thursday night)
8:00Evening Gathering
– Informal fellowship for those staying overnight at the hotel

Friday, July 8, 2016

8:00 a.m.Breakfast on own at the UMass Campus Center (for those staying overnight Thursday)
9:00 Check In for Early Arrival Sessions
10:00 Early Arrival Sessions
– Academic Roundtable
– Boarding School Educators Track
– Writer’s Workshop Track: “Calling – What Is It & What Do I Do to Answer It?” – Lancia E. Smith
12:00 p.m.Lunch together in Campus Center (for Early Arrival Session attendees)
1:15 Early Arrival Sessions
– Academic Roundtable
– Boarding School Educators Track
– Writer’s Workshop Track: “A Writer’s Disciplines” – Melanie Stiles
2:30 – 6:30Main Conference Check-In
2:45Break – Early Arrival Sessions
3:15 Early Arrival Sessions
– Academic Roundtable
– Boarding School Educators Track
– Writer’s Workshop Track: “Telling It Slant: Finding New Ways to Reflect the Old, Old Story” – Terry Glaspey
6:00Dinner together in Campus Center (all attendees)
7:00– Conference Welcome – Stan Mattson
– Meditation/Devotional – Malcolm Guite
– Plenary Session #1: “The Religious Voice in the Modern University” – Nicholas Wolterstorff
8:50 – 10:00Reception – Flagstone Terrace
9:40 – 11:00Evening activities
– Bag End Cafe
– Sprinklings Writers Groups

Saturday, July 9, 2016

7:30 a.m.Morning Prayer
8:00Breakfast (for hotel guests) – Marriott Center Room
9:00Meditation/Devotional – Malcolm Guite
Plenary Session #2 – “How Psychology Supports a Catholic Christian Meta-model of the Person and Vice-Versa” – Paul Vitz
10:45 – 11:45Breakout Sessions
– Terry Glaspey: “A Cloud of Creative Witnesses: A Celebration of Our Creative Heritage”
– Malcolm Guite: “Learning from the poems you love: how your favourite poems can also become your best teachers”
– Junius Johnson: “Worlds & Worldview: Crafting Fictional & Theological Realities”
– David Dowdy: “Really Hearing Sonny’s (& Everyone Else’s) Blues”
– Brad Gornto: “Turn Your Love for Lewis Into a Legacy – Charitable Planning & Biblical Stewardship Ideas”
– Paul Sorrentino: “Engaging Beliefs & Values on a Secular Campus”
12:00 p.m.Lunch together – Campus Center
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Faculty Forum Luncheon (optional): “Finding ‘Calcutta’: Time to Huddle in the Upper Room” – Mary Poplin
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions
– Terry Glaspey: “Emily Dickinson: A Conversation Between Faith & Doubt”
– Paul Vitz: “Psychology & Christianity & the Present Situation: Mostly Good News”
– Melanie Stiles: “C.H.A.N.G.E. & Every Writer”
– Kirk Manton: “Living Beyond the Daily Devotional”
– Mary Poplin: Faculty Forum Luncheon – “Finding ‘Calcutta’: Time to Huddle in the Upper Room” – (Optional Luncheon Begins at Noon and Ends at Two)
2:00 – 6:00Free time
2:25 – 6:15Optional trip to Northfield, MA. Includes tour of D.L. Moody’s birthplace and a reception at the “Green Pastures” C.S. Lewis Study Center.
6:00Dinner together – Campus Center
7:00Evening Program
– Plenary Session #3 – “The Eyes of Faith: Beauty and the Vision of God” – Junius Johnson
– Music Performance – Malcolm Guite
9:30 Evening Activities
– Bag End Cafe
– Sprinklings Writers Groups

Sunday, July 10, 2016


8:00 a.m.Breakfast (for hotel guests) – Marriott Center Room
9:00Worship Service
Sermon – Malcolm Guite
10:30Plenary Session #4 – “The Four Worldviews and the Higher Rationality of Christ” – Mary Poplin

There are four major worldviews – Materialism, Secular Humanism, Pantheism and Monotheism. What are the major principles of each and where do they overlap with the “mere” or “orthodox” Christian worldview, and how does knowing Christ offer us a wider rationality? How can we begin to reintroduce this higher rationality into the university and the marketplace?
11:45Sessions end
12:00 p.m.Lunch together

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