Our Keynotes are designed to engage your thinking and create connections with your leadership team and other schools in your area.  Each keynote can be watched individually or in a group, and the accompanying discussion guide can be used to facilitate robust dialogue in response.  We would love to see local schools assembling  (safely) to discuss these leading thinkers’ contributions as well!

Beth Guckenberger

Beyond Compassion and Understanding: Healing our Communities

Learning, connecting, caring – they cannot happen when kids (and teachers) are experiencing the effects of trauma. Communities are only a shadow of what they could be when we don’t address this reality head-on. COVID19, the fight for racial justice and equity, ongoing disruption to the people and places that help kids feel safe – they have shined a bright light on something that has always been a part of our communities – hurt, pain, and disenfranchisement. Now, more than ever, we must go beyond offering compassion and understanding to become communities that actively and relentlessly bring shalom.

About Beth:

Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries.

After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised eleven children.

Beth is the author of nine books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services about reckless faith. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.

Michael Keller

Our Identity: The Christian Alternative to Modern Culture

Our identity is at the core of our relationship with Jesus Christ, and it is a challenge to understand the counter-cultural nature of this relationship. In our schools, we are tasked with growing the students in our care intellectually, physically, socially, and most of all, spiritually, which means we need to confront the false ideals of modern identity head-on. In this session, Michael Keller will help us explore historical and contemporary values that form identity and help us understand how we can enable our students to find peace in a healthy understanding of who they are.

About Michael:

Michael Keller has been a part of Redeemer life and ministry from its inception in 1989; with his wife Sara and daughters Lucy and Kate, they started Redeemer Lincoln Square in April 2017.

He went to NYC public school for both elementary and middle school, The Stony Brook School for high school, and attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate work. After working at London City Mission and New Life Fellowship in Queens, he attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, receiving both an M.Div and a Th.M in Apologetics magna cum laude.

He served as Pastor of Community Life at Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston before returning to the city to start a new Reformed University Fellowship. His Ph.D. is from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Computational Linguistics applied to Historical Theology.

Perry Glanzer

The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for Grand Goals and the Good Life

“So, what’s the point of it all?” “What gives life meaning?” “What is the purpose of life?”  Drawing upon a national mixed-methods study, this talk examines how college students attempt to answer these questions. It also identifies the important social, educational and cultural influences upon both their quest and the answers they find.   Although some recent scholars claim contemporary universities have given up on helping students answer these important questions, we found college still remains a place where students refine and explore their meaning maps and purpose destinations further, although a significant minority struggle to find and identify a particular purpose or purposes. 

About Perry:

Perry L. Glanzer (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor of Educational Foundations at Baylor University and a Resident Scholar with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion.

He is the coauthor, author or editor of a dozen books including:

  • The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching
  • The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life
  • Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age
  • Christian Higher Education: A Global Reconnaissance
  • The Idea of a Christian College: A Reexamination for Today’s University
  • Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education: Becoming Fully Human
  • Christianity and Scholarship in Higher Education,
  • and The Quest for Russia’s Soul.

In addition, he has authored or co-authored over eighty journal articles and book chapters on topics related to moral education, faith-based higher education, and the relationship between religion and education. His primary scholarly and teaching interests pertain to moral education and the relationship between Christianity and education.

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