The Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics provides environments and resources to educate, facilitate and train Seminary students, members of Christian leadership and the Christian community as a whole in the area of social ethics. Its aim is to empower Christians to fulfill the biblical injunction to be "salt and light" and to "shine like stars" in a dark and depraved world (Matthew 5, Philippians 2:14,15). The Institute endeavors to partner and network with other, like-minded institutions, agencies and organizations on the national and global scene which are concerned about a comprehensive, cutting edge and robust evangelical witness to the public square.
2016-2017 Theme: Power, Politics, and Christian Faith
This year's event with the Vernon Grounds Institute will explore important questions surrounding the issues of power, politics, and Christian faith. Topics investiaged will be the power of the gospel and political power, Christian citizenship in these confusing times, and the power and authority of Jesus Christ. This event will engage these questions in a different manner with perspectives and tools for considering this important issue.
Kent Mathews Lectureship
Dr. Richard J. Mouw, PhD will be speaking at this year's Kent Mathews Lectureship. He is Professor Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Seminary and has written and spoken widely on the topic of Christianity, politics, and public life. The lecture will be followed by a "Lunch and Learn" event during which these topics will be explored in further detail.
Dr. Richard J. Mouw, PhD will be speaking at this year's Rally for the Common Good. He is Professor Emeritus and Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Seminary and has written and spoken widely on the topic of Christianity, politics, and public life.
Salt & Light Seminar
Salt & Light is an annual seminar hosted by the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics. The purpose of the seminar is to offer a collective learning experience designed to empower and inspire participants to steward the resources that God has given them for maximum impact in the world. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in their fields, enjoy a catered lunch, and receive the monograph series published by the Vernon Grounds Institute.