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.
The Seminary’s 2022–23 public theology series focuses on being centered in Christ—not as an escape from the needs of the world, but as a necessary means to the transformative work of the church in the world.
Seminary faculty from each disciplinary field will facilitate dialogue in reflection on Jesus’ invitation in Matthew 11:28–30: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out…? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (The Message). We invite you to join us as we seek Christ’s unforced rhythms of grace. All lectures are free and open to the public but registration is required.
- October 26, 2022: Rest as Resistance (sponsored by the history/theology field)
- February 8, 2023: Finding Rest in God: Therapeutic and Ministry Insights (sponsored by the ministry field)
- April 12, 2023: Sabbath without Sabbatical: Pastoral Rest in the Midst of Ministry (sponsored by the Bible field)
Culture and Belonging: A Public Theology Series, 2021–22
Responding to the invitation of theologian Willie James Jennings (After Whiteness), this series pursued 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 reimagined communities of belonging through the lens of culture. NPTS faculty and leading practitioners of Covenant congregations and denominational ministries collaborated to lead creative discussions integrating scholarship, ministry practices, and formation. View the recordings below.
“Purposeful Narrative: Engaging the Mosaic of Covenant History”
“Multiracial Congregations: Transformative or Status Quo?”
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”: Biblical and Practical Understanding of
“Global Hunger in Our Time”
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.
Four scholars and church leaders shared 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
- “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 2020–21
We entered 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 collaborated to lead creative discussions integrating scholarship, ministry practices, and formation. View the recordings below.
“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”
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Nyvall News & Notes is a publication of North Park Theological Seminary that connects current students, alumni and friends of the Seminary with the happenings of our 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.
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.