Past Conferences

Getting to the heart of what you want

Getting to the heart of what you want

Posted on: Nov 17, 2016

September 21-22, 2016 “What’s Love Got to Do with It? Getting to the Heart of What You Want,” featured keynotes by newly arrived Associate Professor of Philosophy, Neal DeRoo. What do you really…

Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

Posted on: Jan 20, 2016

(Winter 2016) Change is in the air, and in more ways than one.  On one hand, the climate is changing.  Overwhelming scientific consensus confirms the reality of climate change and warns of the threat…

Playing God: The Gift and Risk of Human Power

Playing God: The Gift and Risk of Human Power

Posted on: Sep 23, 2015

(Fall 2015) Christians, and perhaps all people, have an ambiguous perspective on power. Many have bought into Lord Acton’s dictum that power corrupts and are therefore wary of claiming any power at…

Being Human: God, Evolution and the Moral Imperative

Being Human: God, Evolution and the Moral Imperative

Posted on: Jan 28, 2015

(Winter 2015) This Interdisciplinary Studies Conference is being co-sponsored by The King’s University and Professor Paul Allen of Concordia University in Montreal under the auspices of the Biologos…

Being Human: Rediscovering our Creaturely Calling

Being Human: Rediscovering our Creaturely Calling

Posted on: Sep 17, 2014

(Fall 2014) Being Human: Rediscovering our Creature 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…

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Posted on: Mar 27, 2014

(Winter 2014) This 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…

Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Posted on: Sep 18, 2013

(Fall 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,…

Just Worship

Just Worship

Posted on: Jan 23, 2013

(Winter 2013) Keynote Speakers: 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…

Love That Minds That Love: “What’s So Christian About King's?”

Love That Minds That Love: “What’s So Christian About King's?”

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012

(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…

You're Richer When You Think

You're Richer When You Think

Posted on: Jan 25, 2012

(Winter 2012) Economics and Christian Desire: Black Friday, Occupy Wall Street, economic instability – these topics are front and centre in public discourse – and front and centre at this season’s…

Culture Making

Culture Making

Posted on: Sep 21, 2011

(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…

Oil Things Considered

Oil Things Considered

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011

(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…

Know Fear: Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear

Know Fear: Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear

Posted on: Sep 22, 2010

(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…

Home (not so) Sweet Homeless

Home (not so) Sweet Homeless

Posted on: Jan 20, 2010

(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…

Identity & Technology

Identity & Technology

Posted on: Sep 23, 2009

(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…

Remembering the Children

Remembering the Children

Posted on: Jan 21, 2009

(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…

The Invisible Dignity Project

The Invisible Dignity Project

Posted on: Sep 24, 2008

(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…

Thought For Food

Thought For Food

Posted on: Jan 23, 2008

(Winter 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…