2013 Consortium Events
We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers will be in Baltimore, MD on November 22 & 23, 2013. It will again be in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.
Friday, Nov 22, 1:30-4:30pm, Convention Center, Room 339
1:30-2:00 Drew Trotter – Introduction & Annual Report
2:00-3:05 Ben Sanders – “Presidents Obama’s Campus Challenge”
3:25-4:30 Cherie Harder – “Moderating Reading Groups & Discussions”
Saturday, Nov 23, 8:30-11:30am, Hilton Hotel, Latrobe Room
8:30-8:35 Drew Trotter – Introduction
8:35-10:30 Steve King and Rhett Butler – “From the Courts and Halls of
10:45-11:30 Drew Trotter – Announcements and wrap-up
“Moderating Reading Groups & Discussions”
Reading and discussion groups offer the promise of engaging with classic texts in new and profound ways, deepening one’s understanding and intellectual development, cultivating friendships, even (according to one study) boosting one’s happiness to the same extent as a doubling of one’s salary! But moderating such a discussion can be an intimidating prospect even for avid readers. In this session, Cherie Harder will discuss the benefits of starting reading groups, the principles of successful facilitation, and ideas to ensure that your reading groups are intellectually challenging, relationally rich, and thoroughly enjoyable.
“From the Courts and the Halls of Government”
Stephen King and Rhett Butler will discuss the current public policy and legal issues that religious organizations and other tax exempt entities are advocating for, reacting to, and being impacted by in Washington, DC and in courts around the country. Mr. Butler will provide an overview of the Legislative and Executive Branch activities that are animating responses from the faith community, with an emphasis on immigration, taxes, health care, employment, the postal service, and research. Mr. King will cover current legal developments affecting tax exempt organizations at both the federal and state levels.
“Presidents Obama’s Campus Challenge”
In April 2011, President Barack Obama challenged colleges, universities, and seminaries to be engaged in interfaith dialogue and community service. Ben Sanders will share about the President’s “Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” and how Study Centers can take part in the initiative.
Ben Sanders is Co-Director of the Arizona Center for Christian Studies and the Norton-Ramsey Center for Social and Environmental Justice at the Campus Christian Center (C3) next to the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. He has a B.S. in Accounting (1980) and an M.A. in History (1987) from Arizona State University. Ben did additional graduate study in political philosophy and history at the University of Chicago. He has worked as an investment portfolio manager, corporate accountant, and financial analyst before becoming a campus minster at ASU in 1997 through Community Ministries International. He has been married for thirty years to his college sweetheart, Sarah Jane. They have been blessed with an amazing daughter, Rebekah.
Cherie Harder serves as President of The Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush. Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers, as well as a chapter on fashion to the volume Building a Healthy Culture (Eerdmans 2001). She holds an Honors B.A. in government from Harvard University and a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Harder was raised in New Mexico and currently lives in Northern Virginia.
Steve King is an attorney at Gammon & Grange, P.C. and specializes in nonprofit and exempt organizations, preventive law, and general corporate. He was educated at Georgetown University Law Center, Northeastern University School of Law, and Wheaton College and has been twice published in the Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations: “Political Correctness for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations” (2006) and “Getting to the Heart of IRS Concerns with Donor-Designated Giving” (1998). Steve is the editor of the G&G Law Alert and is a Board Member at Cherrydale Baptist Church.
Rhett Butler is director of government relations at Gammon & Grange P.C. He devotes his 17 years of government relations and policymaking experience to helping the firm’s clients achieve their public policy goals. In his role Mr. Butler also serves as government liaison for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and is a co-founder of the Faith & Giving Coalition. Before starting his consulting business, Mr. Butler worked in the Executive Branch for five and a half years. He led multi-agency projects at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiative and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by the Secretary of Labor to direct the department’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Mr. Butler, his wife, and their three children live in Northern Virginia.