Being Human (Fall 2014)
September 17 - 18, 2014
“being human: rediscovering our creaturely calling” is a conversation about what it means to be human in creation. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Norman Wirzba who is Professor of Theology and Ecology at Duke University. Dr. Wirzba will present keynote presentations allowing our campus to consider the implications on calling the world ‘creation’ and being ‘creatures’ in it. Dr Wirzba will also present a public lecture on Wednesday evening, titled The Spirituality of Eating in Room N102 at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to several break out session in which the variety of ways of “being human” will be considered, Dr. Peter Mahaffy, will offer a keynote lecture on the Anthropocene Era, describing for us the impact of human beings on the planet.T
The conference is free and open to the public. Students registered for I.S. are to “check-in” and collect a conference booklet on Tuesday, September 16 from 11-2 p.m. at the table just east of the cafeteria (accords from the Registry).
I.S. Conference Audio
Truth and Reconcilliation Commission (Winter 2014)
March 27 & 28, 2014
The 2014 Winter Term I.S. Conference was offered in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event being held in Edmonton March 27-30. An education day was held at The King’s University on March 27, during which students will learned about the history of the Indian Residential Schools, the ongoing legacy of trauma inflicted on aboriginal communities and the settlement agreement of which the TRC is one component.
The second day, Friday March 28, students attended the hearings at the Shaw Conference Centre and participated in scheduled events there, including a debriefing event at the day’s conclusion.
Resources for the conference can be found on The Micah Centre Website
Mind Over Matter (Fall 2013)
September 18 & 19, 2013
Our special guest speaker for the Fall I.S. Conference was Professor Matthew Dickerson from Middlebury College in Vermont. Dickerson is professor of environmental studies and computer science, as well as a published novelist and Tolkien scholar. He enlists his wide range of study and concern in his book, “The Mind and the Machine” in which he considers the question of what it means to be human in the face of claims that we are nothing more than sophisticated and complex machines. He engages Richard Dawkins, Raymond Kurzweil, Daniel Dennett and B.F Skinner, all proponents of ‘physicalism’, by exposing the fallacies of their basic assumptions about God and nature. He also draws heavily on the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to support an alternative Christian anthropology. More about Professor Dickerson HERE
In addition, the conference featured a performance of the highly acclaimed Fringe Festival hit, “Freud’s Last Session” and a variety of breakout sessions.
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Just Worship (Winter 2013)
January 23 & 24, 2013
- John Bell, hymn writer, teacher, preacher of the IONA community in Scotland
- Ruth Padilla Deborst, Latin American theologian and missiologist and recently appointed as Director of Spiritual Formation for World Vision International.
For the winter I.S. Conference, King's will revist a topic that was addressed 10 years ago: Justice and Worship. With special presentations by our two Keynote Speakers, the conference will also feature Terry LeBlanc of My People International and JUST FOOD travelling art exhibit sponsored by the Canada Food Grains Bank.
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Love That Minds That Love: “What’s So Christian About King's?” (Fall 2012)
Featuring Christian Scholar David Naugle, Singer Songwriter Martyn Joseph and King's Faculty.
Christian learning and teaching. At King’s we say that this is what we are all about, but what does it all mean and why should we care? What has faith got to do with reading Shakespeare or dissecting frogs, or learning about business management? Is ‘Christian’ scholarship different from other varieties of learning and researching, and if so, how? One possible answer is to think about intentional mind-FULL-ness as a way of loving God and neighbour. This I.S. Conference explores these basic questions for students at a Christian liberal arts university. We will be led in our reflections by Professor David Naugle who will deliver a provocative keynote lecture each morning, and then we will hear several of our own faculty offer their most compelling reason for doing what they do, for loving what they love, and for minding what they mind.
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Economics and Christian Desire (Winter 2012)
Black Friday, Occupy Wall Street, economic instability – these topics are front and centre in public discourse – and front and centre at this season’s The King’s University’s semi-annual Interdisciplinary Studies conference. Our theme is “You’re Richer WHEN you Think” – a play on the popular Scotiabank slogan. Globally, we are the 5%, not the 99%, and because of this often spend money too freely – buying anything we please without much thought. This conference challenged students to see their spending choices as a voice that reflects their own Christian values.
Culture Making (Fall 2011)
Christians have long had a love-hate relationship with the cultures they are called to change, vacillating between fearful avoidance on the one hand and indiscriminate consumerism of culture on the other. The resulting temptation is to seek some middle ground, a balancing of caution and copying, critique and embrace. But the Christian cultural task is far more exciting than striking a middle ground. We are called to make culture, not just to critique, copy and consume what others make. Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making, and an accomplished musician, lead the I.S. conference in an exploration of our role as creative composers of culture. In addition to lectures / performances by Andy Crouch, a visual feast was prepared by local artists who displayed their art at King’s. Other presenters include John Franklin, founding director of Imago, who spoke at the art show opening and John Van Sloten, author of The Day Metallica Came to Church, several King’s faculty and a jolly jamboree with Justine and Joel.
Oil Things Considered (Winter 2011)
The Alberta Oilsands developments have sparked a debate locally and around the world. This winter's I.S. conference at King's brought the debate to students, to form opinions and discern the underlying values and assumptions upon which the various viewpoints are founded.
- Hon. Premier Ed Stelmach
- Andrew Nikiforuk, Author
- Jennifer Grant, Pembina Institute
- Melody Lepine, Mikisew Cree First Nation
- Dr. John Hiemstra, The King's University
KNOW FEAR: Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (Fall 2010)
All around us people are afraid, and we are too. Some fears are well founded, but many are not. And yet fear can paralyze us into inaction and make us indifferent to the needs of others. Fear of strangers makes us close our borders to refugees, or express itself in racism. Fear for the future may make us timid and afraid to embrace life. Fear of scarcity may make us stingy instead of generous. Fear of the unknown may lead to war. Where do such fears come from and what can we do to live courageously and joyfully – swim against the current of fear mongering?
Home (not so) Sweet Homeless (Winter 2010)
Today, we are confronted with many daunting statistics related to our idea of home. In Edmonton there are over 3,000 homeless individuals living on the streets, a number projected to double within the next ten years. Each day within Canada there are up to 300,000 people without a permanent place to stay. Globally, that number expands to over 40 million refugees and displaced persons left vulnerable due to warfare and internal conflicts. Furthermore, the earth, the only home we have ever known, is being exploited and polluted at a greater rate than ever experienced before.Yet, what is home? What is the significance of home in our own lives? What does it mean to be homeless? What are we separated, displaced or dislocated from?
Brian Walsh, Chris Turner and Jim Gurnett and a host of other presenters lead King's to explore questions such as these as well as the various forms of homelessness – socioeconomic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual – creatively discovering how biblical attentiveness and the Christian faith can heal the profound dislocations in our society and within our own lives.
Identity & Technology (Fall 2009)
Think about IT—identity and technology are inextricably linked in today’s society. Whether we view technology as a necessary evil or integral part of our everyday existence, we are defined both individually and as a culture by the technology we use.
The fall I.S. conference focused on the theme of “Identity & Technology,” and challenged King's to ask how we define technology and what we should do about it. Of course “technology” includes things like Twitter, facebook, and text messages, but it also refers to a complex system and patterns of behavior with deep sociological and spiritual implications.
Through lectures and discussion, we were reminded of our essential identity as human beings made in God’s image and explore what our relationship to technology says about that identity.
Remembering the Children (Winter 2009)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has issued an apology to Aboriginal communities expressing sorrow for the ill treatment suffered by many children in Indian Residential Schools. The painful legacy of those schools continues to be manifest in many ways. But the force of healing is also manifest in powerful ways as communities take action to change the trajectory of a painful history to a future of hope. The journey from Truth to Reconciliation is not traveled by "others", of whom we are mere observers - we must all travel that journey together.
This conference was co- sponsored by the Aboriginal and Church leaders "Remembering the Children" Initiative
The Invisible Dignity Project (Fall 2008)
The theme for this I.S. conference was inspired by the Invisibly Dignity Art Exhibit. Featuring artists from across Canada, the exhibit portrayed people who are often overlooked and marginalized to the extent that their inherent dignity as image bearers of God is rendered invisible. One of the most radical things that Christians believe is that all human beings bear the image of God. The implications are staggering. Human dignity, rights, self-respect, love for others - all stem from that basic and essential belief.
Thought For Food (Fall 2008)
Food security, eating habits, global poverty, climate change - all of these issues were "on the table" at the "THOUGHT FOR FOOD" conference. Speakers included Cathy Campbell (author of Stations of the Banquet), representatives of the Canada Food Grains Bank, Cathleen Kneen and members of Stage Left Theatre Company. In addition to lectures, students attended workshops, concerts, drama, and a cooking class led by Our Chef, Michel Lamontagne.
In addition there was a mini-farmers market featuring local producers, an evening Taize worship service, and international potluck dinner.