April 13-15, 2018

George Fox University | Newberg, Oregon




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When wrestling with the “secular”/“sacred” divide, many interpreters of the Bible came to see secular wisdom as represented by water, sacred wisdom by wine. In Isaiah 1:22, innkeepers are blamed for mixing water with wine, leaving many to conclude that sacred and secular wisdom should not be mingled. However, Thomas Aquinas suggests that a problematic mixing comes not when the secular and sacred are brought into contact, but only when we lose sight of the distinctiveness of each. By bringing secular works, secular wisdom, “into the service of the faith, [we]do not mix water with wine, but rather change water into wine.”

Keynote Speakers

Gina Ochsner

Gina Ochsner

Ochsner is the author of the short story collection The Necessary Grace to Fall, which received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the story collection People I Wanted to Be. Both books received the Oregon Book Award. Her novel The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight received the Grub Street Book Prize in 2011 and was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Glimmertrain and the Kenyon Review.

Darryl Tippens

Darryl Tippens

Tippens coedited Shadow & Light: Literature and the Life of Faith, a popular anthology featuring fiction, essays and poems by 48 writers, now in its third edition, and is the author of Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life. He served as provost at Pepperdine University from 2001 to 2014 and is currently university distinguished professor at Abilene Christian University. Tippens is president of The Conference on Christianity and Literature.




5-5:45 p.m. Opening Reception ( heavy hors d’oeuvres) Stevens Center
6-7:30 p.m. Welcome and Plenary with Gina Ochsner Hoover 105
8-9 p.m. Poetry Share ( with coffee and dessert) Stevens Center


8-8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast Stevens Center
9-10:15 a.m. Saturday Session  #1 Stevens Center
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Plenary with Darryl Tippens Hoover 105
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided) Canyon Commons
1:45-3 p.m. Saturday Session #2 Stevens Center
3-3:30 p.m. Refreshments in Stevens Atrium  Stevens Center
3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday Session #3 Stevens Center
5-5:30 p.m. Mixer then dinner with friends
7:30 p.m. (arrive at 7:15 p.m.) Play: Our Town WoodMar Auditorium


8-9 a.m. Breakfast Stevens Center
8:15-8:45 a.m. Waiting Worship Stevens 101
9-10:15 a.m. Sunday Session #1 Stevens Center
10:30-11:45 a.m. Sunday Session #2 Stevens Center
12-12:30 p.m. Closing Stevens Center


 Conference Location

George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, location of the conference

location map

Oregon stretches from the Pacific Coast, over the Coast Range, through the fertile Willamette Valley, past the snowcapped Cascades, and into the high-desert country of central and eastern Oregon.

Portland is a short drive from campus. The city is home to the Old Town district, the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, numerous art galleries and museums, a number of theatre groups and jazz clubs, Powell’s City of Books, and a world-class symphony, ballet, and opera. Other attractions include the Oregon Zoo, the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Gardens, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Snow-capped mountains and the Columbia Gorge are about a two-hour drive away, and Oregon’s rugged coastal beaches are just a little more than an hour away via Highway 18.