As documented on the Calvin09 Web site (http://www.calvin09.org/EN/eventpool/), this year will be commemorated with key occasions, spectacles, exhibitions, and other events.
Following is a list of some of the international highlights that will be taking place throughout 2009:
A Year with the Institutes
Princeton Seminary is providing a yearlong daily online reading of The Institutes of the Christian Religion during 2009. Each day a three-to-six-page section of the Institutes will be provided online in text format and as a podcast, and reflection papers by scholars and pastors will be provided weekly, along with opportunity for participants to comment. Go to www2.ptsem.edu/ConEd/Calvin/ to join. Participants can join at any time.
Calvin, Worship, and Church Music: Glad Surprises for the Church Today
Princeton Theological Seminary’s Department of Continuing Education (www.ptsem.edu/ce/calvin2009.php) offers a number of Calvin themed events including a music festival and educational program led by Cornelius Planting and Nicholas Wolterstorff.
Word and Sacrament in John Calvin’s Thought … and in the Church Today
March 31,11:30 a.m.,
2:00, 4:30, and 7:30 p.m.
The Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Speakers: Leanne Van Dyk, academic dean and professor of Reformed theology, Western Theological Seminary; Randall C. Zachman, associate professor of Reformation studies, University of Notre Dame; and Donald McKim, executive editor for theology and reference, Westminster John Knox Press.
Free and open to the public, plenty of free parking on campus. Dinner available by reservation. Contact Continuing Education at 412/441-3304, ext. 2196 for details.
For the Greater Glory of God: Ignatius Loyola and John Calvin on the Christian Life
March 31, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Among the more fascinating and underappreciated aspects of the great reformer’s work is its intersection with that of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Join us for this presentation and discussion of these contemporaries’ writings on, and practice of, the Christian life. Roger Haight, Union Theological Seminary scholar in residence and Serene Jones, Union president and Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology, will lead us. The Stewart Room, Auburn Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York City. Free and open to the public. Registration required, please contact [email protected] or call 212.662.4315.
Calvin: Myth and Reality
Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (www.calvin.edu/meeter/calvinconference2009/mainpage.htm) has invited Calvin experts from around the world to participate in a colloquium that will explore topics ranging from images, woman, and church discipline to Calvin’s worldwide impact, including early America, southeast Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea.
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Calvin’s Birth
San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco Theological Seminary is hosting the T.V. Moore Lectures that will concentrate on Calvin’s theology, life, and leadership. These lectures will feature Dr. William G. Naphy of University of Aberdeen and the Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi, General Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Information available from www.sfts.edu.
Colloquium April 20-22
Plenary Speakers: Brian Gerrish, University of Chicago Divinity School; George Stroup, Columbia Theological Seminary; and Martha Moore-Keish, Columbia Theological Seminary.
Workshop leaders: Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, Mark Douglas, Haruko Ward, and Charles Raynal.
Calvin the Exiled Pastor to His French Flock: Insights on Calvin’s Pastoral Character in the 1541 French Institutes
April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Elsie Anne McKee, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Archibald Alexander Professor of Reformation Studies and the History of Worship, will give a lecture on her new translation of Calvin’s 1541 Institutes.
The Legacy of John Calvin and the Renewal of Christian Worship
May 1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
The J. Hubert Henderson Conference on Church and Ministry
Speaker: John D. Witvliet, director, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of music and worship, Calvin College and Calvin Seminary respectively
Free and open to the public. Plenty of parking on campus. Reception following 2:30 p.m. lecture.
Calvin’s 500th: What Roman Catholics Teach Us about John Calvin
The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, Washington, D.C.
hosted by Potomac Presbyterian Church.
Featuring Dr. Randall Zachman; respondent, Dr. John O’Malley, S.J.
Calvin and the Old Testament: Is Calvin a Jew?
This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Calvin & Reformed Theology (www.calvin.jp).
Travel: In the steps of Jean Calvin
France and Switzerland
The France Mission Trust (www. calvin09.org/media/pdf/events/09_Reise_France_Mission.pdf) is sponsoring a Calvin-themed trip by rail to Paris, Noyon, and Geneva.
Calvin in Retrospect
Union Theological Seminary-PSCE is planning a special Calvin Anniversary Lecture during the Sprunt Lectures. Dr. B. A. Gerrish will speak on “Calvin in Retrospect.” Dr. Gerrish is professor emeritus of the University of Chicago Divinity School and Distinguished Service Professor of Theology of Union-PSCE.
Calvin and his influence, 1509-2009
This major scholarly conference (www.unige.ch/ihr/calvin2009/calvin2009-e.html) is devoted to tracing and assessing the historical influence of Calvin from his lifetime to the present. Approximately 140 scholars from around the world representing the disciplines of theology, history, art history, literature, law, and political science are expected to present papers on subjects ranging from Calvin’s interactions with his immediate contemporaries to the place of Calvinist groups in 20th-century struggles for democracy in the Philippines and South Africa. The program includes such leading experts as Diarmaid Macculloch of Oxford, Heinz Schilling of Berlin, Richard Muller of the Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, David Hall of Harvard, and the novelist Marilynne Robinson. The conference is organized principally by the Institut d‘histoire de la Réformation of the University of Geneva, with the assistance of a number of local partners and of such international scholarly organizations as the American Society for Church History and the American Society for Reformation Research.
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC)
This annual conference (www.sixteenthcentury.org) will be held immediately following the Calvin and his Influence 1509-2009 conference.
Calvin Jubilee Celebration
May 29-June 3
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) invites pastors and elders of large Presbyterian and Reformed congregations to a special celebration and consultation. Church leaders from Asia, North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean are expected to be in attendance. For a registration form and additional information, contact Kathy Reeves, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Presbyterian Women’s Program Associate for Mission at [email protected].
The Reception of Calvin and His Theology in Reformed Orthodoxy
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
For the conference program and details log on to Calvijn 500 jaar (www.500jaarcalvijn.nl/index.php?paginaID=5&archief=agendastuk/).
Rediscovering Calvin Resources for Renewal Today
Emmanuel and Knox Colleges and The University of Toronto (www.vicu.utoronto.ca/emmanuel/coned/calvin.htm) are sponsoring a conference featuring Serene Jones, Alister McGrath, and Marilynne Robinson, along with 30 workshops and two concerts.
Calvin and Calvinism – European Perspectives
The conference (www.reformiert-info.de/2311-0-105-18.html) is presented by the Mainz Institute of European History (Department of Religious History) in cooperation with the Institute for Reformation Research (Theological University of Apeldoorn). (in German)
June 30-July 10
Calvin 500 (www.calvin500.org/) is organizing a tour of seminal cities in Calvin’s life including Paris, Noyon (Calvin’s birthplace), Orleans, Reims, Strasbourg, Bern, and Geneva, along with conferences featuring leading scholars and ministers.
Calvin’s Birthday Celebration
July 10,12:00-1:30 p.m.
A special lunchtime event on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to mark the day with reflection and humor.
Contact the Office of Continuing Education for details at 412-441-3304, ext. 2196
Reformed Communities on Calvin’s 500th Birthday
Prague, Czech Republic
John Calvin will be the topic for the 2009 International Society for the Study of Reformed Communities’ annual conference (www.calvin.edu/henry/ISSRC/).
The International Reformed Theological Institute of the Free University of Amsterdam in partnership with the Reformed Seminary of Aix-en-Provence will hold a colloque (www.fltr.net/confcalvin.html). (in French)
Calvin Jubilee at Montreat
Austin Seminary (www.austinseminary.edu/page.cfm?p=514), Office of Theology and Worship of the PC(USA) and Montreat Conference Center are jointly sponsoring a festive occasion to celebrate the legacy of John Calvin. In addition to lectures, presentations, panel discussions, the jubilee will include a “birthday celebration” dinner, worship services, and other interactive activities. Register at: www.pcusa.org/theologyandworship Reservations for lodging and meals: www.montreat.org/register/09-calvin-jubilee.html.
Calvin Conference Stellenbosch
August 30-September 2
Stellenbosch, South Africa
The theme for this conference is “John Calvin’s relevance for today” (http:// academic.sun.ac.za/theology/calvin09). Confirmed speakers to date include Nicholas Wolterstorff, Setri Nyomi, Katie Cannon, Rachel Baard, Dirkie Smit, Allan Boesak, John de Gruchy, Coenie Burger, Piet Naudé, Russel Botman, Eddy van der Borght, Robert Vosloo, and Ernst Conradie.
After 500 Years: John Calvin for the Reformed Churches Today
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Protestant Reformed Seminary (www.prca.org/Seminary/seminary.html) will be planning this event.
Calvin For Today
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Union Theological College (www.union.ac.uk) will be hosting this conference.
Calvin and the present-day world
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russian Christian Academy (www.calvin09.org/media/pdf/events/09_Conference_StPetersburg.pdf) is sponsoring a conference that will be dedicated to a scientific investigation of Calvin’s role in society, culture, and arts, both in West and East. (in Russian)
Mission in Central and Eastern Europe: The Calvinist Heritage
Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m., 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. Dinner available by reservation by 6 p.m.; Tues., Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.
The W. Don McClure Lectures in World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Speaker: Anne-Marie Kool, director, Protestant Institute for Mission Studies (PMTI) in Budapest, Hungary and professor of missiology at Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-441-3304, ext. 2196 for details.
Ravished with Wonder: John Calvin and the God Who Is Love
The Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. A series of six lectures will be given by Randall C. Zachman, associate professor of Reformation studies at the University of Notre Dame and a world-renowned Calvin scholar.
Cinquieme Centenaire de Jean Calvin (1509-2009)
The Association d’Églises Baptistes Évangéliques au Québec (www.aebeq.qc.ca/documents/Brochure_Calvin_500_CV.pdf) will be hosting this conference. (in French)
Chapel Service and lunch Conversation on the 500 years of Calvin
Caldwell Chapel Worship Program has enlisted Christopher L. Elwood for one of its worship and lunch conversation events on the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary campus. Dr. Elwood will preach and then host a lunch conversation on the 500 years of Calvin.
For information on additional Calvin conferences, log on to The Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (www.calvin.edu/meeter/events/2009conferences.htm). Also, additional events, updates and online exhibits can be found at the Calvin ‘09 Web site (www.calvin09.org/EN/home/home.html), the Calvin 500 blog (calvin500blog.org) and Huguenots de France et d’ailleurs (http://huguenots.free.fr/ Calvin/manifestations/paris.htm) (in French). In addition, the PC(USA) compiled a list of events commemorating this historic anniversary, along with a host of educational resources and other pertinent materials (http://www.pcusa.org/theologyandworship/calvin.htm).