Past Consortium News

Below you can find a list of all our news events other than the Annual Meeting and symposia.

December 2016 News

 

The Consortium welcomes a new Study Center!

Scholé House serves Virginia Commonwealth University. It is committed to exploring how historic Christian faith can enrich and be enriched by careful reflection upon and thoughtful discussion about goodness, truth, and beauty. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Their vision is for Scholé House to embody this verse, to be a place where busy lives can be graciously interrupted with opportunities to explore a Christian vision of human flourishing for the sake of knowing and being known by the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. More info.

 

November 2016 News

 

MacLaurinCSF has a new name!
 

Anselm House is the new name for a community that’s been serving the University of Minnesota- and the surrounding community-for more than 30 years.  Their mission is to help students, faculty, and the wider Twin Cities community to connect faith and study, work and prayer, knowledge and relationships. Their new name, Anselm House, helps them to better communicate their mission and story even better. Check out their new website here.

 

October 2016 News

 

“The Consortium welcomes two new partner organizations, Opus: The Art of Work and CaCHE´Global. Opus is an institute at Wheaton College dedicated to studying and teaching about the place of human work in God’s created order and in His Kingdom. The institute works with faculty, staff, and students to engender a vision for how Christians are called to various kinds of work and what our vocations mean in this broken world. For more information, visit their website here.

CaCHE´ Global’s mission is to bring together churches, institutions, individuals, and resources from around the globe that can be linked in a network of shared knowledge, expertise, and vision. Through this network, their desire is for local churches to gain access to resources that will equip their young people as students, citizens, and leaders who are marked by integrity and excellence in all societal domains through high-quality, biblically-based, community-oriented, tertiary-level, liberal arts learning. Read more about CaCHE´on their website.

 

July 2016 News

 

We are looking forward to our first scholarship project in concert with our Partner Organization, Regent College of Vancouver, BC. We have named four recipients from a group of worthy applicants: Sandra Ayoo, Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota and a MacLaurin Institute Fellow this year; Elizabeth Bickley, who will be going to Yale University this year to pursue a Ph.D. in Sacred Music; Andrew Lynn, Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia and involved with the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, and David Katibah, an Economics and Politics double major in the undergraduate honors program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Each of these has a unique story to tell and each has been involved with one of our member Centers either at the undergraduate or the graduate level. Please pray for them and for me as we participate in our inaugural Project, July 3-15 at Regent College.

 

June 2016 News

 

Check out Mere Christianity Forum’s innovative internship program

The Servant Scholars program was created in 2009 as a response to the desire to more deeply serve the Greenville, SC community. Each summer, up to 10 students live together in Vista House while interning at poverty-alleviating organizations in the upcountry of South Carolina. Because this work can be challenging, the added support of living with other people who are serving in similar ways creates a deeply empathetic environment, as well as encourages thoughtful conversation about the plethora of problems that plague our society. For more information, visit their website.

 

May 2016 News

 

The Consortium has two new partner organizations, The Baton Exchange and The Davenant Trust.  Located in Columbus, Ohio, The Baton Exchange was started in 2006 by John Scroggins who had a desire to develop young adults who would positively impact the culture and take value in their vocation. Since then the program has evolved into a holistic approach for leadership development, with young adults from almost 20 countries and regions. The Baton Exchange’s cause is, simply stated, “To equip young adults to integrate their faith and vocation as change agents in the global marketplace for Christ.” For more information, please visit their website.

Named for the irenic English Reformed scholar and Bishop of Salisbury, John Davenant, The Davenant Trust was founded in the spring of 2013 with a mission to support the renewal of Christian wisdom for the contemporary church. The Trust seeks to sponsor historical scholarship at the intersection of the church and academy, build networks of friendship and collaboration within the Reformed and evangelical world, and equip the saints with time-tested resources for faithful public witness. You can learn more about The Davenant Trust here.

 

April 2016

 

Regent College (RC) and the Consortium of Christian Study Centers (CCSC) announce a co-sponsored program furnishing scholarship money to potential RC summer school (http://www.regent-college.edu/summer) students. The scholarships provide for two weeks’ full audit tuition, a food stipend and lodging at RC’s summer school with the student also attending two evaluation discussion meetings per week. This rich experience is particularly designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students participating in CCSC member Study Centers.

For more information and/or requests for scholarship applications contact the “Regent College/CCSC Summer Project registrar” at [email protected] or 434-296-3333.

 

March 2016

 

The CCSC has a new Partner Organization. The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is named after the great English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902). He is best known for his famous remark: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Inspired by his work on the relation between liberty and morality, the Acton Institute seeks to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing. To clarify this relationship, the Institute holds seminars and publishes various books, monographs, periodicals, and articles. For more information click here.

 

January 2016

 

On November 20 the North Carolina Study Center closed on the Battle House, an historic home sitting on 2 acres in Chapel Hill, NC. The property dates back to the start of UNC and is easily within walking distance of campus. NCSC began operating out of the Battle House earlier this fall and already it has become a highly trafficked location for regular hospitality functions as well as education-oriented activities. More info.

 

November 2015

 

The CCSC is thrilled to welcome a new Member Organization! With the informal slogan “Discipleship in Partnership,” The Biblical Studies Center is seeking the most effective, complementary relationship possible with other campus ministries. Accordingly, they are uniquely positioned to contribute in specific ways as an academic presence. They are focused on reaching and serving students at Boise State University with a building that is one block from the stadium. The Biblical Studies Center offers accredited Bible classes (through a partnership with Oklahoma Christian University), which are aligned with the Boise State University semester schedule. They host student lunches, and special lectures. They also offer a Christian Leadership class. More info.

 

May 2015 News

 

CCSC welcomes the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts as a new Partner Organization. The Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts was founded in 2010 as part of Gordon College and became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2014. They are situated in the framework of Christian humanism as it related to human flourishing. From their website: The Salzburg Institute “promotes an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between scholars and students from diverse religious and ideological backgrounds in order to engage critically with significant questions arising from the intersections of religion, culture, and the arts. The Salzburg Institute realizes its mission through a five-week undergraduate summer program in Salzburg, Austria, the Salzburg Institute Chamber Music Concert Series the Salzburg Institute Symposium in conjunction with the University of Salzburg, and its Symphilologus book series. The Institute also organizes lectures as part of the Salzburger Hochschulwochen, an annual theological lecture series at the University of Salzburg.” Registration is open for their Summer Program. We can also rejoice that Professor Robert Dassanowsky, who serves on the Salzburg Institute Advisory Board, recently received the Jefferson Award.

It brings us joy to have Regent College joins us as a Partner Organization. Led by President Jeffrey Greenman, Regent College is an international graduate school of Christian studies located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Regent offers a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, and Master of Theology programs. Its programs are built upon the foundation of excellent evangelical scholarship in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and church history. It is known for creativity and leadership in the area of integrative, interdisciplinary Christian thinking. You can also look at any of their 50 Summer Programs for 2015.

 

April 2015

 

CCSC is so happy to welcome Arts & Entertainment Ministriesto the Consortium as a Partner Organization. Arts & Entertainment Ministries is an organization “dedicated to providing top quality biblical education to artists, creative professionals, clergy, and academics in the areas of art, faith, media, and culture.” To that end AEM provides lectures, presentations, mentoring, podcasts, articles, and an annual artist showcase. They also hold a monthly Artist Forum that includes a dinner, lecture, and salon discussion with a local artist. AEM hopes to provide guidance on achieving a balance between two unhealthy tendencies: retreating into isolated Christian subculture or integrating so much into the mainstream than there is no Christian distinctiveness.
Centers for Christian Study International recently joined the Consortium as a Partner. From their website: “CCSI Study Centers are learning communities strategically located close to university campuses. Study Centers include undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and local men and women who want to engage the mainstream academy with Christian perspectives in scholarship, and do it in the context of intentional community.” Birthed out of a Study Center that began serving the University of Colorado in 1983, CCSI Centers engage in a many activities such as movies, performances, retreats, discussion groups, mentoring, service, lectures, conferences, and academic coursework.>/p>

 

February 2015 News

 

Christ the King is a Christian fellowship located in Boone, NC led by Rector Ross Blackburn. They are affiliated with the Anglican province of Rwanda and meet weekly for a service involving Scripture readings, prayers, the “Passing of the Peace,” and a prayer of benediction. Central to their mission are the convictions of Christian life being grounded in community, Christian love as expressed through service, and a Christian witness of the message entrusted to the church.
Drew Trotter is growing an archive of radio interviews with Faith Radio. Each interview concerns the relationship of faith and culture. The most recent interview discusses the 2015 Oscar nominations. Click here to access the interview archive.

 

January 2015 News

 
Upper|House is a new CCSC Member Organization. From their website: “The Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation serves both the University of Wisconsin and Madison communities through thoughtful Christian programming, conversation, and engagement. Based in University Square in the heart of campus, the Foundation provides multi-experiential space and programming expertise, whereby people, faith, values, ideas, and the arts come together in one dynamic setting for vocational, intellectual, and cultural impact. In carrying out its mission, the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation partners with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, campus-based ministries, and churches.”

From their website: “New College Berkeley [a new CCSC Member Organization] was founded in 1977 by a group of Bay Area lay Christians, pastors, and scholars committed to providing high-calibre interdisciplinary studies for the laity. The organization is led by an executive team, a Board of Trustees and an Advisory Board. The Executive Director is Susan S. Phillips, PhD, and the Associate Director is Sharon Gallagher, M.T.S. Many Christians want to develop a stronger relationship between Sunday morning worship and their Monday morning responsibilities…. It is the purpose of New College Berkeley to recover an understanding of ministry as bringing God’s presence into the public world of work, politics, civic life, the academic disciplines, and commerce, as well as into the private spaces of personal discipleship, family and friendship.”

The Hendricks Center, located in Dallas, Texas, is a new CCSC Partner Organization that facilitates programs and conferences tied to Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement, including a weekly podcast called The Table.
 

December 2014 News

 

The CCSC is pleased to announce the addition of a new Partner Organization. Ithaka Fellowship is led by Executive Director Duane Otto in Gridley, IL. Ithaka Fellowship is a non-profit study center whose activities are centered around a farm in rural Illinois. “Through various teaching forums (lectures and seminars), life on life discipleship (counseling and retreats), and a biblical understanding of God in creation, culture, and conscience (articles, podcasts, newsletters), we seek to inform, educate, and help adults and children alike experience the redemptive interrelationship that exists between Christ, man, and his created world.” More info.

 

November 2014 News

 
The Consortium is pleased to introduce our newest Partner Organization, the Theological Education Initiative (TEI), based in Columbia, Missouri. TEI, led by Executive Director Rod Casey, engages with the University of Central Missouri by providing a library, workshops, conferences, and accredited theological education in partnership with A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. More info.
 

October 2014 News

 
Now you can have Amazon donate .5% of your purchase every time you shop at Amazon via Amazon Smile. Click the link here to choose the Consortium of Christian Study Centers as your selected charitable organization after you sign in to your account. Amazon will store that information so that the .5% of your future purchases automatically goes to the CCSC as a donation.

The Consortium is now writing Discussion Guides for feature films, novels, plays, non-fiction books, and documentaries. These Discussion Guides can be used to inform a discussion or actually during a group of individuals gathered to talk about a book, play, or film. Each guide is less than 500 words and includes bibliographic information, a short summary of the work, an outline of the major themes, and discussion questions. For the films, consider showing these at the Study Center or a home and then leading a discussion. For the books, you could have participants read the entire work and discuss it at once or break the meetings up over time to cover portions of the book. Click here to see the Discussion Guides! And check often, because we are frequently writing and adding more!

The CCSC now has a Yelp page where you can write a review to help promote our organization and direct interested parties to our website. Click here to see the page.

 

September 2014 News

 

The CCSC has recently added a Document Repository page to its website. This page is a repository for documents or links that might be helpful to existing or developing Study Centers. Here you will find a detailed list of speakers who could potentially come to a Study Center, recommended books, examples of and directions for tax documents, and helpful websites that relate to the needs of a Study Center. Our hope is that these documents and links will give examples and direction for other non-profits, particularly Christian Study Centers. You can view the page here.

The Joseph & Alice McKeen Study Center recently joined the Consortium. They are located in Maine and serve the students, staff, and faculty at Bowdoin College. We are excited for this quickly developing center and grateful for the work of its director, Rob Gregory!
 

August 2014 News

 
Consortium Executive Director Drew Trotter has begun to write for Relief, an online publication — there is also offers a print version — that seeks to gather Christian writers to honor and explore life on this side of heaven. The journal “believe[s] that well-crafted works of imagination contain some form of truth.” Click here to see his content and that of other writers.
 

July 2014 News

 
The CCSC welcomes a new member: the Christian Scholars Network. CSN is an independent association committed to integrating Christian faith and practice into the academic endeavors and social concerns of Virginia Tech. The founders of CSN are a group of Christian faculty that met regularly on the Virginia Tech campus for prayer and encouragement for fifteen years.  Incorporated in May 2011, CSN exists to provide faculty, staff, and advanced students theological support and mutual encouragement in the pursuit of scholarship relevant to their chosen fields of study. More 

Another new member to join recently is the Comenius Institute. Their vision is to enrich theological and educational thinking for those at Butler University and Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis. The mission of Comenius is to provide an atmosphere of study, presentation, and dialogue for the academic community. Comenius Institute is a Christian educational institute that will engage in the teaching-learning craft. The Institute presents relevant materials for discussion through lecturers, guest speakers, authors, resident scholars, and students. It facilitates the learning process through small group dynamics, mentoring relationships, and open forum discussion. More info.

The C.S.  Lewis Foundation, which has joined the Consortium as a Partner Organization, is committed to the restoration of a vital Christian presence in higher education, the arts, and the culture at large. They soon are opening a Study Center in Northfield, MA. The Foundation endeavors to fulfill its vision by encouraging Christians to integrate and express their faith within the world of ideas and the arts through Summer Institutes (Oxbridge), Faculty Forums, regional conferences, writers conferences, the online journal In Pursuit of Truth, an internship program, study centers and the envisioned C.S. Lewis College. More info.
 

June 2014 News

 
The CCSC welcomes a new member: the Christian Scholars Network. CSN is an independent association committed to integrating Christian faith and practice into the academic endeavors and social concerns of Virginia Tech. The founders of CSN are a group of Christian faculty that met regularly on the Virginia Tech campus for prayer and encouragement for fifteen years.  Incorporated in May 2011, CSN exists to provide faculty, staff, and advanced students theological support and mutual encouragement in the pursuit of scholarship relevant to their chosen fields of study. More info.

Another new member to recently join is the Comenius Institute. Their vision is to enrich theological and educational thinking for those at Butler University and Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis. The mission of Comenius is to provide an atmosphere of study, presentation, and dialogue for the academic community. Comenius Institute is a Christian educational institute that will engage in the teaching-learning craft. The Institute presents relevant materials for discussion through lecturers, guest speakers, authors, resident scholars, and students. It facilitates the learning process through small group dynamics, mentoring relationships, and open forum discussion. More info.

The C.S.  Lewis Foundation, which has joined the Consortium as a Partner Organization, is committed to the restoration of a vital Christian presence in higher education, the arts, and the culture at large. They soon are opening a Study Center in Northfield, MA. The Foundation endeavors to fulfill its vision by encouraging Christians to integrate and express their faith within the world of ideas and the arts through Summer Institutes (Oxbridge), Faculty Forums, regional conferences, writers conferences, the online journal In Pursuit of Truth, an internship program, study centers and the envisioned C.S. Lewis College. More info.
 

March 2014 News

 
You may hear a new voice on the phone if you call our offices. We are exceedingly pleased to introduce Elaine Rollogas as the Operations Manager at the Consortium. This has been a much-needed position as the Consortium continues to grow. Before coming to work with the Consortium, she had a number of roles at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City since 1990, ending with being the Managing Director of Operations and Volunteer Mobilization. She studied business in Nebraska and has training in grant writing, volunteer management, and computer programming. A recent arrival to Charlottesville, she divides her time between an interest in photography and learning what it is like to own a car again.

Shortly after Elaine’s arrival, the CCSC moved from its longtime offices at Drew Trotter’s home to an office suite located near the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA. These offices are a perfectly sufficient space for the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistant and are right beside the Omni Hotel, where the Hunter Symposium was held in 2011.

January 2014 News

 
Consortium and Members Receive Grants:

Rejoice with us. In addition to the four Lilly Foundation grants described in the news item below, the Consortium of Christian Study Centers recently received a $50,000 matching grant from the Maclellan Family of Foundations for the purpose of expanding our staff and resources in order to serve our membership even more broadly and deeply. We are grateful to those who are sharing their resources so that we can provide the services we do to further God’s Kingdom purposes in higher education in America. Our grant has a life of one year, so pray that we can find the matching gifts to fulfill it.

Four Consortium members were blessed recently by a grant from the Lilly Endowment. We can rejoice with the Christian Study Center of Gainesville at University of Florida, Hill House Ministries at University of Texas, Chesterton House at Cornell University, and the Center for Christian Study at UVA. The Consortium members were four of just five campus ministries nationally awarded a $100,000 grant during the pilot phase of Lilly’s new Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Program. Lilly issued a press release announcing the full slate of grants HERE.

November 2013 News

 

Ratio Christi – Erie, Pennsylvania:

 

We are happy to welcome Ratio Christi as a new Partner Organization that recently joined the Consortium! You can read more information about their mission and events here.