All IFL events are free and open to the public.

Institute for Faith & Learning

Institute for Faith & Learning

Speakers Series 2014-2015

Unless otherwise noted, all speaker events are at 7:00 pm in Grace Chapel on the Hickory campus.


October 9 Lee C. Camp - An Alabamian by birth, Dr. Camp is Professor of Theology & Ethics at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, the host and creator of Tokens, and most recently the author of Who Is My Enemy?: Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam–and Themselves.   Martin Marty
November 6 Miguel De La Torre -  Dr. De La Torre explores how religion affects race, class, gender, and sexual oppression. Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, De La Torre has written over twenty-eight books, including the award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins (Orbis, 2002). He is a scholar-activist, often writing for the general public.   Laura Stivers
February 5-6
Rolf Jacobson - Dr. Jacobson's signature combination of humor, enthusiasm and biblical scholarship have made him an in-demand speaker and author.  A professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, his popular credits include Crazy Talk: A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Theological Terms and Crazy Book: : A Not-So-Stuffy Dictionary of Biblical Terms. Check out his preaching podcasts on "Sermon Brainwave."
  • Hickory (Grace Chapel): 7:00 pm, Feb. 5th
  • Columbia (Christ Chapel) 1:00 pm, Feb. 6th
  Scott Bader-Saye
March 5-6
Na​​dia Bolz​-Weber - Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Her theological memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho 2013), is a New York Times bestseller. Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Daily Beast and on CNN. She blogs at
  • Hickory (P.E. Monroe auditorium): 7:00 pm, March 5th. In partnership with the Visiting Writers Series.
  • Columbia (Christ Chapel): 1:00 pm, March 6th.
  Guy Nave
March 25-26
Scott Bader-Saye - Dr. Bader-Saye is a professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. His publications include Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear and Church, and his professional interests include politics, economics, sex, culture, and interfaith dialogue. Event co-sponsored by The Philip N. Knutson Endowment.
  • Asheville (Chamber of Commerce building, 2nd floor): 7:00 pm, March 25th
  • Columbia (Christ Chapel): 1:00 pm, March 26th
  • Hickory (Grace Chapel): 7:00 pm, March 26th
  Telford Work


Fall Semester Course Offering

"Christianity in Dialogue with Other Faiths," with Dr. David Ratke

Mondays 7-9 pm, fall semester (8/25 - 12/8), at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Hickory

The course is free and open to the public. For more information and to register contact Dr. Ratke at (828) 328-7183




Institute for Faith & Learning

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions.

Everything you need to apply for admission is right here.