Conversations for the Common Good

We regularly host events featuring lectures, performances, and onstage conversations with writers, artists, musicians, and leading thinkers. Featured guests are asked to articulate the important ideas and relevant viewpoints that inform their work and creative process. These conversations are offered in hope that all who attend will be enriched and challenged by the distinctive perspective that faith can add to our lives.

2017–18 Schedule Coming Soon

Past Events

Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute 2017

Each summer we host the Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute at one of the colleges of Cambridge University. We are privileged to partner with the Newbigin Centre at Ridley Hall for this event and have welcomed distinguished guest lecturers including N.T. Wright, Richard Mouw, James K.A. Smith and Claire Foster-Gilbert.

Consider joining us July 10-13, 2017! Visit the Summer Institute 2017 page.

Past Summers

To access resources, photos, and audio recordings of previous institutes, please visit links below.

Pastors Colloquy 2018: Creative Maladjustment

Good things happen when pastors stay in conversation with each other and thought leaders from a wide variety of fields. For January 2018, we will be focusing on the theme of

“Creative Maladjustment:
Pastoral Leadership for Turbulent Times”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a ministry of “creative maladjustment.” Speaking before a group of psychologists in 1967—the professionals who help people become “well adjusted”—Dr. King declared that “we should be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos, who in the midst of injustices of his day, could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, ‘Let justice roll down like waters…’” What does it mean to be Christian leaders who refuse to adjust ourselves to racial, economic and gender injustice? Join us as we gather to ask these important questions and learn from one another.

  • When: January 10–11, 2018
  • Where: San Francisco, CA

Colloquy 2017

To access archived materials from the Pastors Colloquy 2017: Flourishing in Ministry, please click here.