2018 Annual Meeting

The 8th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers will be held this summer at beautiful Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center in Techny, Illinois. Located on Chicago’s North Shore only 30 minutes from both downtown Chicago and from O’Hare airport, Techny Towers’ spacious grounds provide a perfect place for the combination of reflective thought and communal work that characterizes our Annual Meeting. As we have for a number of years, we will begin at 1:30 pm on Monday and conclude at noon on Wednesday. The dates for this year’s meeting are July 30 – August 1, 2018.

As always we will be considering what it means to answer the call of Christ in a university environment. Our two main speakers are Drs. Alan Jacobs and Warren Kinghorn. You can find a full biography below for each man. Dr. Jacobs will deliver two lectures focused on the theme of his recent book How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, and Dr. Kinghorn will address the vision and pursuit of happiness/human flourishing as carried out on college campuses in America today. Again, you can find more information about these men, and make sure to check back on this page in the coming months, as we add more details about their talks, the workshops we will have this year, and a full schedule of the meeting.

∼ Our Speakers ∼


Alan Jacobs is a scholar of English literature, writer, and literary critic. He is a distinguished professor of the humanities in the Honors Program of Baylor University. He is the author of numerous publications, most recently, How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at OddsThe Book of Common Prayer: A Biography, and The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. In addition to his academic work and books, Jacobs has been, or is, a regular contributor to: The AtlanticFirst ThingsThe New Atlantis, and The American Conservative.


Warren Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist and clinical teacher at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. He is also co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of pastors and clinicians, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.


∼ Schedule ∼



1:30 pm – Welcome and Introductions –  Drew Trotter, CCSC and Karl Johnson, Chesterton House

3:10 pm – Workshops 1 – Three Options (Repeated on Tuesday)

1) Study Center Development: Thoughts, Tips, and Tricks – Bryan Bademan and John Rogers, Anselm House

2) Getting off on the right foot: Engaging first-yearsMadison Perry, North Carolina Study Center

3) A Prayer for the Ages: Poetry and Theology in the Lord’s PrayerDrew Trotter, Consortium of Christian Study Centers

4:00 pm – Regional Discussions 1

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:15 pm – Alan Jacobs – On Not Thinking for Yourself:  Why you can’t think for yourself, why you shouldn’t try, and what you can do instead.



7:30 am –   Devotions & Prayer

8:00 am –   Breakfast

9:00 am –   Alan Jacobs – Charity Towards the Uncharitable:  Charity as a mode of thought; a case study in being in the world but not of it.

11:00 am – Workshops 2 – See descriptions above

12:00 pm – Lunch

12:45 pm – Free Time

6:00 pm –   Dinner

6:45 pm –   Group Photo

7:00 pm –   Warren Kinghorn – Mental Health on College Campuses: Possibilities and Opportunities for Christian Study Centers



7:30 am –   Devotions & Prayer

8:00 am –   Breakfast

9:00 am –   Feedback – Drew Trotter, CCSC

9:30 am –   Regional Discussions 2

10:30 am – New Study Center Stories, Charge and Prayer – Karl Johnson, Chesterton House

11:30 am – Closing – Drew Trotter, ED, CCSC


Please Note:  The CCSC Annual Meeting is by invitation only. If you are affiliated with a member study center (staff or Board member), then you are invited to attend and can register for the Annual Meeting. Partner organization affiliates are allowed two registrations. If you are interested in starting a study center and would like to attend the Annual Meeting, please contact the CCSC office at 434-296-3333 as there are only a few registrations allotted for this purpose.

We are completely booked in the main building at Techny Towers.  However, there are two other registration options we can suggest:

    1. Lodging at Maria House dormitory next to the Techny Tower building.  Maria House has single rooms with a common bathroom down the hall.  Registration fees include lodging at Maria House, meals and conference fees.
    2. Lodging off-site at a hotel in the area.  You can choose other lodging accommodations at a hotel nearby at your expense.  Registration fees include attending the Annual Meeting and all meals.  Transportation to and from Techny Towers will be your responsibility.


Registrations will close on June 30, 2018.

Registration Fee

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine at [email protected] or 434-296-3333.