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Join us for the sixth annual Ratio Christi Banquet and Symposium

This event is for

  • For Ratio Christi staff and Chapter Directors
  • For Faculty, Professors, Teachers
  • For Other Campus Ministries
  • For Churches, Pastors, Youth Pastors
  • For Ministry Partners and Leaders
  • For Families and Individuals

*Students: see simultaneous Student Retreat

Overview

Hosted by Ratio Christi in conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, this will be two intense days of fellowship, learning from experts and each other, and collaboration with other campus ministries and Christian worldview partners. 

Symposium on Cultural Engagement: Moving Forward in a Backward World

This year's focus will be our duty to engage the culture as did the Apostle Paul in Acts 17. Everything seems to be pointing backward from reality in our society. What are we to do? Go with the flow? Disengage altogether? No. Christ would have us move forward even in this backward world. We must bring the light of the Gospel to the controversial spheres of politics, economics, the arts and media, Islam, sexual identity, and race relations. Join us as we explore the Christian response to difficult dilemmas.

University sessions will include vital campus ministry practices, discussion panels, helpful hints, and details on how to collaborate with other campus ministries.  

A faculty track will focus on the challenges and opportunities that university professors have to be "missional" in their spheres.

This yearly event is also intended to gather, network, and collaborate with other Christian groups--particularly those in the campus and apologetics/worldview/evangelism sphere. We can accomplish more by working together than we can in isolation. Representatives from many other ministries, churches, and campus organizations are invited. There will be an emphasis on collaborating in order to more effectively advance the Gospel through apologetics. For non-campus related attendees, there will be various apologetics topics to select from as well as instruction and work groups on how to integrate apologetics into their specific spheres of influence. Sessions will focus on practical implementation, collaboration, and building the apologetics movement.

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Banquet & KeyNote Speakers

Join the Ratio Christi staff and many other guests to hear engaging talks from Dr. Everett Piper and Dr. Carol Swain. Enjoy a great meal, mix with apologists and students from around the country, and hear testimonies by students as we recall what God has done with Ratio Christi and catch a vision for the future of the movement.

Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is passionate about providing students with the best opportunities to impact culture, think independently, and build a biblical foundation for their beliefs. He advocates for cultural change from a Christian worldview. His commentary on religion, education, and politics challenges his academic and political peers for what he calls their fallacious Orwellian duplicity of intolerant tolerance. Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is not a Daycare, It’s a University” for which he was interviewed on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends. He serves on a variety of councils relating to Christian leadership and thought, and public policy and has regularly been published or appeared in a wide range of media venues, radio, and television. He received a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Piper and his wife, along with their two sons, have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. 

Dr. Carol Swain (B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ.; Ph.D., UNC at Chapel Hill; M.S.L, Yale, 2000; member of Phi Beta Kappa) is a Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. A widely recognized expert on campaign and elections, racial politics, immigration reform, and religious liberty, Dr. Swain has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and  the National Endowment for the Humanities Council and is the founder of the Carol Swain Foundation. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and USA Today and she is a regular contributor on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, PBS, and ABC among other media. She is the creator and host of “Be the People” television show. www.bethepeopletv.com. She has written seven books including the highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press) which received many awards including the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U.S. on government, politics or international affairs and which has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Her latest co-authored book, is titled: Who’s Stealing our Kids?: The Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children. Rising from a high school dropout and teenage mother to a highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Swain is a dedicated Christian and conservative voice speaking out against identity politics, for uniting under the Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers, and advocating for a public voice for conservatives who are intimidated to champion an often-unpopular message in today's political and social climate.

Topics and Speakers

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Campus Leader Sessions

  • Tips on Mentoring Students - RC Chapter Director Panel
  • Fishers of Men: Finding Students for Your Club - Tony Feiger, Kaylene Feiger
  • Lessons Learned in RC Chapter Development. Successes & Failures. RC Chapter Director Panel 
  • More to come

Faculty/Professor/Teacher Sessions

  • Challenges of Faith & Freedom at a Secular University - Carol Swain
  • Growing Campus Ministry to Include Faculty & a Campus-Wide Academic Outreach Event - Corey Miller [for faculty and RC leaders]
  • Nature of Being a Missional Professor (Theology & Philosophy of Faculty Ministry) - Paul Gould
  • More to come

Hear from an amazing line-up of faculty who are striving to integrate their Christian worldview with their academic disciplines.

  • Everett Piper - [Bio Page]  See bio below 
  • Carol Swain - [Bio Page]  See bio below
  • Erica Carlson - [Bio Page]  Professor of Physics at Purdue University. She is variously published in physics journals. She is the faculty adviser for Ratio Christi Purdue and a volunteer apologist speaking across the country and beyond with Reasons to Believe.
  • Paul Gould - [Bio Page]   Assistant professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul’s research and writing focuses primarily in the areas of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology and the relationship between Faith and Scholarship.
  • Corey Miller - [Bio Page]  President/CEO of Ratio Christi and has a PhD in philosophy and theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Ministry Sessions

  • Coming soon

Please note: Specific topics and faculty/mentors subject to change. Check back often for additions to the roster.

Schedule

Schedule below is for Saturday evening and Sunday only. Go here for general schedule for Fri. and Sat. until 4:30 pm. On Fri. and Sat., Oct. 14-15 Ratio Christi leaders have the option (highly recommended) of attending the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary. Included in registration price of NCCA & Symposium if purchased here

Saturday, October 15

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center.

4:00 pm - Check-in Begins

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet in Grand Ball Room; Dinner, Keynote Address, student testimonies, and more!

9:15 pm until you drop - Music & Board Game Night. Hang out with students, apologists, and top scholars. Snacks and games, games, games...

Rooms at Retreat Center: Please expect to stay in a room with one other person (two double beds).

Sunday, October 16

Download Detailed Schedule (subject to revision)

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

7:30 - 8:45 Buffet Breakfast

8:45 am  Devotional and Instructions

9:00 am - 12 noon Session Block

Includes Coffee Break

12 noon - 1:15 pm Lunch in Grand Ball Room. Good food, fellowship, worship, and encouragement.

1:30 am - 4:00 pm  Session Block

Includes Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Session in Grand Ball Room

See you next year!

Cost

Options below are for non-students only. Student Retreat information here

$150 - Entire RC Symposium Only

Entire Ratio Christi Symposium (Sat. evening thru Sun.) - All non-students. Price includes: Sat. evening banquet, Sat. night accommodations, Sun. breakfast & lunch, and all Sun. conference sessions. 

$260 - Entire RC Symposium PLUS National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA)

In addition to previous Symposium items this price Includes two day NCCA conference (all day Fri., Sat. until 4 pm), Fri. lunch, hotel accommodations on Fri. night, and Sat. lunch. Conference details can be found here http://conference.ses.edu/

What if I don't have that much money?  

We realize that the cost of attending plus travel may be more than some Ratio Christi staff and/or students can afford "out of pocket." We are encouraging Chapter Directors to start planning right away in order to be able to attend and to bring as many students with you as possible. For many campus ministries, it is typical for students attending retreats to raise financial support to attend. This can also be a great learning opportunity in fundraising, team work, and prayer. We hope your club will plan together on how to get as many Ratio Christi students as possible to the retreat. The student organizing committee for the retreat has put together several Fundraising Tools that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page including a guide, sample fundraising letter, and more. 

Our goal is to help every student and staff member that desires to attend to this event to do so! Please contact us if you need additional suggestions or information on how to go about the funding process.

Scholarships may also be available on a limited basis if and when we receive donations toward student scholarships. If a Chapter Director does not have the full financial means to attend even after pursuing fundraising options please contact us with your specific need.

Also, some staff and students who are local to the Charlotte, NC area may wish to save money by not staying at the retreat center on Saturday evening, or by not attending some part of the retreat. However, we want to encourage attendees to participate in everything. If someone wants to opt out of a particular event they can, but the price would not change. We really desire a “community feel” for this weekend which is the primary reason we want to have everyone stay at the same location. It allows for interaction and discussions other than during the formal meeting times. So, even those within commuting distance will stay in the same lodging. The Ratio Christi staff and faculty mentors will also be staying in the same location.

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