Fourth Annual Society of Vineyard Scholars Conference
"It Seemed Good To The Holy Spirit And To Us:
The Church As A Community of Discernment."
April 18-20, 2013
Anaheim, CA, USA
THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED.
DOWNLOAD A DRAFT OF THE 2013 SVS CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE
Conference Program Details
The 2013 SVS conference, "It Seemed Good To The Holy Spirit And To Us: The Church As A Community Of Theological Discernment," hosted by Anaheim Vineyard, will run from 10AM Thursday, April 18th to 1PM Saturday, April, 20th, 2013.
This year we have three plenary speakers. Richard Mouw, eminent Christian philosopher, ecumenical churchman, and outgoing President of Fuller Theological Seminary, will speak to us about the sensus fidelium -- the role that ordinary Christians play in the process of theological discernment. Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at the Regent University School of Divinity, will speak to us on the topic of “The Holy Spirit and the Religions: Christian Discernment in a World of Many Faiths.” Our final plenary speaker will be Cherith Fee-Nordling, Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary, who will speak to us about the relationship of spiritual life to scholarly practice. In addition to these plenaries, we will have long-form talks from Beth Stovell,
J. P. Moreland, Jordan Seng, Allen Yeh, Ken Wilson, and others to be announced.
Panel sessions throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature presentations of and responses to papers written by SVS participants, focusing on aspects of the conference’s larger theme. This intellectual interaction forms the heart of what we do at SVS, richly advancing our mission to foster and establish a diverse and dynamic community of theological discourse in the Vineyard movement.
Every day, we will make significant time for prayer, worship, and prophetic ministry. We highly value the essential relationship between the worship and the life of the mind, and we will bear that value out in our time together.
Finally, we will allow plenty of time at this conference for people to hang out and form relationships. There will be a reception on Friday night, lunchtime breakouts for people with particular shared interests, and so on. Also, for the second year running, we are sponsoring a breakfast for women at SVS. Hosted by Dr. Adey Wassink and Dr. Rose Madrid-Swetman, this is designed to be an occasion of particular encouragement and support for the women scholars and church leaders who gather in the context of SVS. Across the board, our goal is to develop and nurture a community of theological discourse in the Vineyard, and we are committed to allowing the time and space that it takes to do so.
What Are SVS Conferences Like?
To get more of a feel for what we have done in the past, click here to download the 2012 Conference Program.
You might also want to check out our videos on Vimeo.
Conference Hotel Rates
SVS has acquired some very good conference rates on hotel rooms at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Anaheim Hills, the closest hotel to the conference site. These double rooms are available at a rate of $89/night.
These rates are available from April 17th-April 21st. They can be booked by calling the hotel at (714)921-1100 and reserving under the group name "Society of Vineyard Scholars." These rooms must be booked by April 1st, 2013 to guarantee the discounted rate. Be smart -- book today.
If you are interested in room sharing at the conference, please send an email ASAP to email@example.com with "Room Sharing" in the subject line, and any other details that you need to add. We will compile a contact list of all who want to room share to facilitate easy pairing up. We will not be able to faciliate any requests for room sharing after April 1st.
After you have registered for the conference and renewed your SVS membership, you may apply for a partial scholarship to help you attend the SVS conference. Funds are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to those who are presenting papers at the conference.
To apply, please 1) ensure that your SVS membership is current, 2) register for the SVS conference, and 3) email an estimated budget for your trip to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1st. You will be notified about the status of your scholarship application in early March.
Contact the SVS
Thank you for your interest in the Society of Vineyard Scholars. If you have any further questions that are not answered on these pages, please contact the Society of Vineyard Scholars by email at email@example.com. We hope that we will see you in April 2013 at the fourth Annual Conference in Anaheim!