• Symposium 2016

    It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” — Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

    Watch the Livestream beginning at 6:00 p.m. on September 12.

    “At Colorado Christian University we don’t think it is the time in our personal life or our national life for us to sit around, a man can’t sit around, a women in these times can’t just sit around – and we’re teaching our students that God is calling us, to raise up, to help to raise up a generation of men and women to step into the shoes of William Wilberforce, and Patrick Henry, and Florence Nightingale, and Susan B Anthony, and Clarence Thomas and Ronald Reagan, and Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina, and so many others,” said Bill Armstrong, President of CCU from 2006-2016.

    “This is a time when we need our most outstanding men and women to be filled with dedication and energy to lead our country in a more wholesome, more thoughtful, and more godly direction to restore not only the Christian principles of our nation, but also the founding political and constitutional principles of the United States of America.”

    CCU’s mission is to positively impact our culture and encourage “seekers of truth.” The annual Symposium program is an invitation for our students, faculty, and staff to gather in community and focus on current issues within our nation. This gathering facilitates a dialogue, exploring how Christians can respond to these issues with godly principles – with the intent of turning the tide away from discriminating against people of faith and toward honoring Christ.

    All CCU students, faculty, and staff are intentionally educated on these issues and trained on how to respond with love, purpose, and impact. As a university, our education in the classroom emphasizes the Christian worldview and encourages students to translate that into a life of service and action – action that can change the world.

    Please join us for the fourth annual Symposium where we will explore religious freedom, and why it is vital to preserving our health, unity, and purpose as God’s creation.

    Symposium Schedule

    All events held in the CCU Event Center unless otherwise noted.

    Monday, September 12th

    6:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening of the Symposium Jim McCormick: Vice President, CCU Student Life
    6:15 p.m. Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah, Keith Hampton’s spiritual Praise His Holy Name CCU Women’s Choir: Jill Schroeder-Dorn, Director
    6:30 p.m. The Importance of Religious Freedom Dr. David Kotter: Dean, CCU School of Theology
    6:45 p.m. Religious Freedom and the Constitution Dr. Jenna Ellis: Assistant Professor, CCU School of Business and Leadership
    7:20 p.m. Special music Arvella Rose, CCU Class of 2010
    7:30 p.m. Religious Freedom — The Indispensable Liberty KEYNOTE SPEAKER David French: National Review
    8:45 p.m. A Conversation with Lakewood Baker, Jack Phillips and Other Current Religious Liberty Challenges
    Download a PDF of Michael J. Norton's Presentation
    Mike Norton: President and General Council, Colorado Freedom Institute

    Tuesday, September 13th

    9:00 a.m. Welcome and overview of the day Jim McCormick: Vice President, CCU Student Life
    9:15 a.m. Praise and worship Music Team
    9:30 a.m. The Power of the Greatest Command Reg Cox: Minister, Lakewood Church of Christ
    10:00 a.m. Religious Freedom, Sexuality, and Worship Travis Weber: Director, Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council
    10:45 a.m. Break  
    11:00 a.m. The Florist, the Baker, and the T-shirt Maker: The Cost of Conducting Business with Conviction? Kevin Theriot: Senior Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom and Vice President of Center for Life
    Lunch in discussion groups (all over campus) – 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    12:00 p.m. School of Education: Religious Liberty and Education for Education Majors – (Cafe Annex) Bruce Jansen: Affiliate Faculty, CCU School of Education
    Kathy Krieger: Affiliate Faculty, CCU School of Education
    Dr. Debora Scheffel: Dean, CCU School of Education
    12:00 p.m. Religion and Politics – (Leprino 102) Dr. Jenna Ellis: Assistant Professor, CCU School of Business and Leadership
    12:00 p.m. Expanding the Narrative: Fighting for Fearless Love – (Leprino 206) Delana Durough: Assistant Professor, CCU School of Business and Leadership
    12:00 p.m. Religious Liberty Q&A for Majors in Social Science Disciplines – (Leprino 106) Dr. Stephen Shumaker: Professor, CCU School of Humanities and Sciences
    12:00 p.m. Literature and Liberty Discussion for English Majors – (Leprino 104) Dr. Janet Black: Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences
    12:00 p.m. Religious Liberty and Theology Discussion for Theology Majors – (Event Center) Dr. David Kotter: Dean, CCU School of Theology
    12:00 p.m. Religious Liberty Landscape Post-Obergefell – (Leprino 204) Chelsea Youman
    12:00 p.m. The Collision of Sexual Liberty and Religious Liberty – (Leprino 202) Jeff Johnston: Focus on the Family
    12:00 p.m. Religious Liberty in Practice: The Christian in the Professional Arena Discussion for all Science Majors – (Leprino 170/171) Dr. Mark Parker, Associate Professor, CCU School of Humanities and Sciences
    Afternoon Speakers
    1:30 p.m. Sex vs. Religion: The Collision of Liberties KEYNOTE SPEAKER John Stonestreet: Colson Fellow, Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
    2:30 p.m. John Leland: Vindicator of Religious Rights, Pastor of Baptist Churches, and Cheesehead Dr. Earl Waggoner: Dean, CCU College of Adult and Graduate Studies, Biblical Studies and Theology
    3:00 p.m. Break  
    3:15 p.m. A Theology of Religious Freedom Luke Goodrich: Deputy General Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
    4:00 p.m. If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty CLOSING KEYNOTE Eric Metaxas: Author, speaker, radio talk show host

    Learn more about the 2016 Symposium speakers.