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.
2018-2019: Globalization, Nationalism, and National Identity
This year's event with the Vernon Grounds Institute will explore important questions surrounding the issues of globalization, nationalism, and national identity. Lecture topics include globalization and the ends of humankind, nationalism and the ends of God, and globalism and national identity in the City of God. This event will engage these issues with unique perspectives and tools for understanding this important topic.
Kent Mathews Lectureship
This year’s program is a two day event featuring Dr. Ylli Doçi, President of the Albanian Evangelical Alliance. The Kent Mathews presentation will be made during the Seminary’s chapel services on October 1-2, 2018, starting at 11:00 am.
Dr. Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture, will be speaking at this year's Rally for the Common Good. The topics will be "National Identity: Distance and Belonging," and "Monotheism and Violence." These events will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9, 2019. Click the link below for more details.
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.