Mark your calendars for the 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity to take place on October 23-27 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The gathering will include prominent coaches, athletes, pastors and theologians from all over the world.
The event will take place at Calvin University, but Hope College and Calvin are co-hosts. Hope Professor Chad Carlson and Calvin Professor Brian Bolt have teamed up to co-direct the event with the help of student ambassadors from each school.
“This is a unique event in that Hope and Calvin are working together—despite our athletic rivalry—to talk about sport and Christianity,” Carlson admits with a chuckle. He is a former Hope athlete and coach while Bolt is a former Calvin athlete and coaches their men’s golf team. Both know the rivalry well.
“This is also a unique event in that we’re bringing academics and practitioners together to share ideas about content meaningful to both groups.” Carlson admits that he and Bolt fall into both categories, sharing that, like so many others, they are “curious practitioners.” Topics of discussion at the Congress will center around the relationship between sport and faith, the cultural impact the two have had together, and the role that sports can play in a life of faith.
The congress includes more than 100 presentations spread out over four days with an additional 10 keynote speakers scheduled. The keynote list includes:
- Tim Tebow: professional athlete and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner
- Gary Thomas: evangelical author and public speaker
- Loretta Claiborne: 1996 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
- Amber Warners: three-time NCAA championship volleyball coach
- Scott Kretchmar: sport philosopher, kinesiologist, and pastor
- Jessica Keating: life and human dignity expert
- Fred Johnson: historian, politician, and novelist
- Tinyiko Maluleke: public theologian and theology professor
- Nick Watson and Andrew Parker: psychologists and chaplaincy leaders
- Miroslav Volf: renowned theologian and author
The overarching focus of the event is to bring together people from all over the world and all walks of life for a few days to unite in a love of sports and frank conversation about its relationship with the Christian faith.
Join us for this special time in October when sports and religion collide, and wonderful discussions open up to bring people together in a way that only sports can.