FIRST MONDAYS SPEAKER SERIES
The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, to grow in understanding, to act boldly, and to re-creatively serve God's kingdom.
September 7, 2015
Matthew Soerens serves as the field director for the Evangelical Immigration Table. Soerens also serves as the U.S. church training specialist for World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals and one of the founding members of the Evangelical Immigration Table. Before that, Soerens served as a board of immigration appeals-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois, and with World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua. He is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009).
October 5, 2015
Dr. Cornelius "Neal" Plantinga, Jr. is currently senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin College. He was formerly president of Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2002 through 2011. Plantinga has written several books, including Not the Way It's Supposed to Be (Eerdmans, 1995) and Engaging God's World (Eerdmans, 2002).
November 2, 2015
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of a Dutch American woman and a Navajo man, Charles speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. Charles is the founder and director of 5 Small Loaves, an organization that pursues racial reconciliation through honest education, intentional conversation, and meaningful action. In December of 2012 Charles organized and hosted a public reading of the U.S. Apology to Native Peoples that was buried on page 45 of the 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill.
February 1, 2016
Debra Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer who has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and is a member of the Forge America national team. Hirsch also serves as a board member for Missio Alliance and was part of the leadership team of Christian Associates, a church planting movement in Europe, and North and South America. She is the co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, and her new book, Redeeming Sex, reflects her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations about sexuality into the context of the church.
April 4, 2016
Dr. Richard Mouw serves as professor of faith and public life (and president emeritus) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mouw has a prestigious academic career having previously served the seminary as senior vice president and provost, as well as at Calvin College and the Free University of Amsterdam as a professor. Mouw also has a broad bibliography of authored and editorial work on the Christian life including: Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction (Eerdmans, 2011), Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World (IVP, 1992), and Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2004).