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GRTS Hosts Amy Black, George Marsden and Tim Gombis for Talking Points

This year's Talking Points conference, hosted by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, is called "Christian Civic Engagement: Right, Responsibility, Opportunity."

The annual event aims to generate reflection on how we might restore civility in America as a model for restoring and fostering civil discourse around the world.

The all-day event scheduled for Oct. 15 is intended to serve area pastors and ministry leaders.

“It is meant to explain what it means to be politically engaged and encourage a more creative and redemptive, civil and gracious model of engagement,” said Nate Clason, dean of students and coordinator of the event.

Three leading scholars will talk about Christian civil engagement in America and what rights and responsibilities pastors and leaders have as new opportunities emerge.

Speakers include: Amy Black, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Wheaton College; Timothy Gombis, Ph.D., associate professor of New Testament at GRTS; and George Marsden, Ph.D., professor emeritus from the University of Notre Dame. Cornerstone University's president, Dr. Joseph Stowell, will facilitate the event.

The day will end with a Q&A session. The cost of the event is $35 ($25 for CU/GRTS alumni and $15 for students).

Registration for the event is available at