Academic Colloquium

No Higher Standard . . .
than to be in right relationship with God,
one another, and the natural world.

Friday, October 20, 2017, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LaRita Boren Campus Center – Rediger Chapel/Auditorium


Thomas G. Jones – Professor of History & Chair of the Department of History,
Global and Political Studies, Taylor University

Shirley V. Hoogstra – President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Part I (1:30 PM to 2:10 PM)
Right Relationship with God
               Presenter: Lisa Graham McMinn – Writer-In-Residence, George Fox University
               Respondent:  Nancy C. Dayton – Professor of English, Chair of the Department of English, & Faculty Moderator, Taylor University
Part II (2:10 PM to 2:50 PM)
Right Relationship with One Another
               Presenter: D. Stephen Long – The Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University
               Respondent: May Young – Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Taylor University 
Break (2:50 PM to 3:20 PM)
Part III (3:20 PM to 4:00 PM)
Right Relationship with the Natural World
               Presenter: Steven Bouma-Prediger – The Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology, Hope College
               Respondent: Jan Reber – Professor of Biology, Taylor University  
Part IV – (4:00 PM to 4:30 PM) 
Concluding Panel Discussion


Shirley V. Hoogstra - Moderator

A visionary leader who is passionate about Christian higher education and the role it plays in the common good, Shirley V. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014.

Having received a bachelor’s in education at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm that specialized in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. While at this practice, she served on the New Haven County Bar Association, as well as on a number of civic boards and at local schools and churches. She was also a founding board member and officer of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

To read more about Shirley, click here.


Lisa G. McMinn

Lisa Graham McMinn, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology and Writer at Residence at George Fox University.  She writes and speaks primarily about gender and sexuality, creation care, and food ethics and agriculture, focusing on the intersection of culture, change, and Christian faith in ordinary life. Her most recent book is, To the Table: A Spirituality of Food, Farming, and Community (Brazos Press 2015).

Lisa and her husband Mark live on Fern Creek, a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm outside of Newberg, Oregon, where they tend chickens and bees and grow food for their community. They have three daughters, and their expanded family now includes sons-in-laws and six grandchildren.

To view Lisa's curriculum vita, click here.


Nancy Dayton

Nancy Dayton (PhD, Miami University) is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at Taylor University. Her research focuses upon contemporary literature with particular interests in the contemporary novel and the graphic novel. She teaches courses in contemporary literature, literary theory, and the history of the novel. Nancy served as Faculty Vice-Moderator for the 2016-2017 academic year and she presently serves as the Faculty Moderator. She has served on a variety of committees including serving on the Honor Guild Advisory Board and as Chair of the Foundational Core Committee as the objectives and outcomes for the Core were revised. At present, she is serving on the Faculty Compensation Committee. In 2013, Nancy was recognized as the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of the Year.


D. Stephen Long

D. Stephen Long is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University. Previously he worked at Marquette University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, St. Joseph’s University and Duke Divinity School. He received the PhD from Duke University, and is an ordained United Methodist Minister in the Indiana Conference. He has served churches in Honduras, North Carolina and Milwaukee. He works in the intersection between theology and ethics and has published over fifty essays and fourteen books on theology and ethics including Divine Economy: Theology and the Market (Routledge, 2000) The Goodness of God: Theology, Church and Social Order, (Brazos Press, 2001), John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness (Kingswood, 2005), Calculated Futures, (Baylor, 2007), Christian Ethics: Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2010), Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation (Fortress Press, 2014) and The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy (Fortress Press, 2016).

Stephen is an avid cyclist and is married to Ricka. They have three children, Lindsey, a Methodist minister in Chicago, Rebecca, development specialist for ACTS housing in Milwaukee, and Jonathan, teacher, musician and actor in Los Angeles. Steve was baptized by the Anabaptists, educated by the evangelicals, pastorally formed by the Methodists and given his first teaching position by the Jesuits, which makes him ecumenically inclined or theologically confused.

To view Stephen's curriculum vita, click here.


May Young

Dr. May Young is beginning her third year as an Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, and Philosophy (BSCMP) department. She completed her PhD in Theological Studies with a concentration in Old Testament and her Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, IL. She has also taught as adjunct faculty at TEDS and North Park Seminary, Chicago. Prior to commencing her theological studies, she worked as a Research Consultant in Health and Welfare Benefits with Hewitt Associates for eleven years. May has two children, Andrew and Deborah, who are currently attending the University of California, Berkeley, for their undergraduate degrees. In her free time, May likes to de-stress through a good workout at the local gym.


Steven Bouma-Prediger

Steve Bouma-Prediger is the Leonard and Marjorie Mass Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. A graduate of Hope College, his Ph.D. is in religious studies from The University of Chicago.
His most recent book is For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care, revised second edition. Other books include Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement, co-authored with Brian Walsh; Evocations of Grace, co-edited with Peter Bakken; Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Endangered Species and the Endangered Species Act; and The Greening of Theology.
He has won numerous teaching awards, including being selected by the Hope class of 1998 to give the Commencement Address, being voted in 1999 the recipient of the Hope Outstanding Professor-Educator Award, and being chosen in 2001 to receive Hope’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

To view Steven's curriculum vita, click here.


Jan Reber

Jan Wallace Reber has been a part of the Taylor University family since her father took a position in the Social Work Department in 1977.  Always a lover of living things, Jan graduated from Taylor with a BA in Biology, then completed MS and PhD studies at Purdue University. She currently serves on the faculty in the Department of Biology where she teaches anatomy, Organismal Biology, Vertebrate Natural History and, with her husband, Rob, the Field Natural History of the Black Hills course. Her research interest involves birds. Jan's family includes two daughters, two dogs, two horses and numerous finches.


Thomas Jones - Host

Dr. Thomas Jones chairs the History, Global & Political Studies Department. He teaches both U.S. and World History courses and directs the department’s Social Studies Education program. Additionally, he served as the coordinator of the Irish History course as part of the Irish Studies Program. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Taylor (BS), Notre Dame (MA), and Ball State University (EdD). He completed additional graduate work in history at Miami (Ohio) and Purdue. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award presented by the Taylor University Alumni Association in 1993 and 2004.