North Park Theological Seminary offers academic and formational events throughout the year, providing students with access to prominent scholarship, relevant conversations, and a full community experience. Many of our events are also broadcast online and open to the public, providing resources to our alumni, as well as the church and academic communities beyond our campus.
Nyvall News & Notes
Nyvall News & Notes is a publication of North Park Theological Seminary and exists to connect current students, alumni and friends of the seminary with the happenings of the seminary community. Our goal is not only to distribute necessary information, but to provide a window into the life of North Park Theological Seminary. Visit the Nyvall News & Notes site to read the current issue and browse past updates.
Culture and Belonging: A Public Theology Series
Responding to the invitation of theologian Willie James Jennings (After Whiteness), this series will pursue an ethic of belonging that builds people toward each other, shared habitation, and ultimately communion. Drawing from the fields of ministry, Bible, theology, and history, we will reimagine communities of belonging through the lens of culture. NPTS faculty and leading practitioners of Covenant congregations and denominational ministries will collaborate to lead creative discussions integrating scholarship, ministry practices, and formation.
The next lecture in the series will take place on March 23 at 12:00pm (Central), click here to register.
Below are links to the recordings of the Public Theology Events that were held in the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022.
“Purposeful Narrative: Engaging the Mosaic of Covenant History”
“Multiracial Congregations: Transformative or Status Quo?”
Reconciled & Reconciling: P.P. Waldenström’s Atonement Sermon 150 Years Later
The year 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Rev. Paul Peter Waldenström’s sermon on reconciliation (1872), which set in motion events that led to the formation of the Covenant Churches in Sweden (1878) and North America (1885) and left an indelible mark on Covenant preaching, mission, and ecclesiology. Join four scholars and church leaders as they share how this crucial aspect of Covenant history remains relevant today to the church’s calling to restorative justice, racial righteousness, global mission, preaching, and congregational life. Co-sponsored by the Commission on Covenant History and North Park Theological Seminary. View the recordings below.
- Conference opening, Hauna Ondrey, and “Reconciliation as Vocation: Waldenström’s Challenge for Preaching and Congregational Life,” Mark Safstrom
- “Reconciliation as Mission: Practicing God’s Love among the Nations,” Al Tizon
- “The Driving Force Behind Divine Justice,” Dominique Gilliard
Traditioned Innovation: A Public Theology Series
We enter 2021 amid continuing economic and political uncertainties, navigating the layered crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent, and pernicious racialized inequities in church, nation, and world. This complex reality requires all the resources available to us, including a critical evaluation of the past – “traditioned innovation” (L. Gregory Jones) that fruitfully draws from, critiques, and reimagines the past for the needs of the present and future. NPTS faculty and leading practitioners of Covenant congregations and denominational ministries will collaborate to lead creative discussions integrating scholarship, ministry practices, and formation.
Below are links to the recordings of the six Public Theology Events that were held in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021.
“Pursuing Unity in Church and World”
“Community Vaccinations: Remembering the Past to Heal for the Future”
“#ImpactOverIntent: Today’s Black Theology in Black History Month”
“Embodied Worship over Zoom?: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Online Worship”
“Discovering Signs of God’s Grace in the Midst of Chaos”
“Essential Ministry During Pandemics”
The Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture features prominent international scholars and provides a forum for interdisciplinary theology from a biblical perspective. Learn more.
We are proud to welcome a number of guests each year who offer scholarship on a variety of theological topics. Learn more.
North Park Theological Seminary’s commencement service is a special day each spring, and we invite you to join us to celebrate with our students. Graduating students should also review this information for important details about planning for graduation, commencement day, and beyond. Learn more.