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We’re hosting some exciting events this fall, and we’d love to have you join us!


Our annual theme for the year is the dynamics of difference, and many of our events and reading groups are connected to that theme. You can learn more about and register for our reading groups on our reading groups page. Students, learn more about our student group, fellows program, and events for students by emailing

Public events are free and open to everyone. Student events are organized by and intended for UMN students, although we welcome faculty and staff on campus to take part as well.

Regular student events like our espresso hours, dinners, and Fridays@4 talks, occur on an ongoing basis throughout the semester. All of these events take place at the study center, and all students are welcome—no need to register in advance; just stop on by!

Here’s when these events will take place this fall:

  • Student Dinners: Every other Tuesday at 5:3p p.m.: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 12/20
  • Espresso Hours: Every Friday at 3 p.m., excluding holidays
  • Fridays @4: Occasional Fridays at 4 p.m.: 9/16, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/9




Public Event: All Things: MacLaurinCSF’s Fall Benefit

Featuring Sara Groves, Leith Anderson (President, National Association of Evangelicals), and U of M Vice Provost of Student Affairs Danita Brown-Young
Fri, September 30, 7 p.m. | Ted Mann Concert Hall
$25; register here | Students, Pastors, and Campus Ministers Free!

On September 30 at 7 p.m., join us for “All Things,” a fall benefit event at which we’ll unveil our new vision around that belief. This is a landmark moment in our ministry at the University of Minnesota. At “All Things,” we will celebrate God’s faithfulness to date, and we’ll step forward together into a bold new vision for the years ahead. We’ll have delicious hors d’oeuvres, live music from Sara Groves, and compelling speakers such as Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Buy 8 or more tickets and we’ll place you and your group in special priority seating near the front. If you have any questions about purchasing tickets, or about the event generally, please contact Matt Kaul at or 612.378.1935. Students, pastors, and campus ministers can also receive complimentary tickets to the event by contacting Matt.



Plublic Event: Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation

Tom Rassieur (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
Wed, Oct 12 at 7:30 p.m. | Heller Hall room 1210 (271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

How have the greatest treasures of the Reformation come from Germany to Minneapolis? And why are they so significant? Mia curator Tom Rassieur will take you behind the scenes to introduce the themes that tie together this incredible array of paintings, textiles, sculpture, prints, goldsmithery, furniture, archaeological finds, illustrated books, and documents. His talk will help you appreciate the challenges faced by those who lived through the Reformation and how Mia’s exhibition reveals their struggles.


Plublic Event: Festschrift Launch: The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

Panel of festschrift authors
Thu, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. | MacLaurinCSF study center

Featuring fresh, innovative Biblical interpretation that enlightens and challenges the reader, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory brings together a series of provocative articles on war and violence, sexuality, the environment, Islam, and science and faith, in a festschrift honoring the memory of William Monsma, founder of both the MacLaurin Institute (now MacLaurinCSF) and Galilean Fellows at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Monsma passed away in the summer of 2015 after a long battle with Parkinsons disease. He is fondly remembered by many students and colleagues who have appreciated his sensitivity, compassion, humility, and marveled at his brilliant scholarship. It has been said that William never failed to confront anyone who challenged the truth of the gospel, and never failed to make a friend in the process.



Public Event: Why Business Matters to God: A Conversation with Jeff Van Duzer

Jeff Van Duzer (Seattle Pacific University)
Sat, October 15, 9 am – noon | St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church
Free and open to the public, continental breakfast included. Registration forthcoming.

How does business relate to God’s purposes in the world? Is it a way to bring God’s kingdom, or is it an inherently sinful expression of greed? Or perhaps something in-between these two extremes? Jeff Van Duzer, provost of Seattle Pacific University, will draw upon his experience as dean of SPU’s School of Business and Economics to help us examine the purpose and practice of business from a Christian perspective.


Public Event: The Biblical Foundations of Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice

Ted Lewis
Thu, October 20, 7 p.m. | McLaurinCSF study center

Disputes and harms between people seem to be an inevitable part of the human experience. But how people respond to conflicts and crimes can have a large impact on whether situations get worse or better. At the core of the biblical tradition (and God’s revelation) is a peacemaking, reconciling framework that continually promises to transform disputes and harms into something good. In fact, relationships can actually get stronger, even between enemies, when humility overcomes defensive reactions.


Public Event: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Making of a Media Phenomenon

Andrew Pettegree (University of St. Andrews)
Mon, November 7, 7:30 p.m. | Heller Hall room 1210 (271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses against indulgences in 1517, no-one, least of all Luther, could have imagined that he had set in train a movement that would permanently divide the western Church. In this presentation Andrew Pettegree examines how an abstruse theological quarrel became a media storm, a mass movement electrified by the torrent of printed pamphlets with which Luther both inspired and scandalized his German contemporaries. For the first time in history, print became a determining factor in shaping events; a development with consequences for European and world history that would be felt into the present day.

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