2016 Bernhardt Lecture Series


The Lectures were a huge success!  Thanks to everyone for taking time to believe and think!

2016 Bernhardt Lectures

November 11-13, 2016

Featuring Dr. Laura Smit addressing the nexus between the writings of C. S. Lewis and everyday life.

The Reverend Doctor Laura A. Smit is Professor of Theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been teaching since 1999.  She was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1989 and served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clayton, New Jersey for six years before going to Boston University for a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and theological aesthetics.  Her dissertation was on aesthetic epistemology in the theology of Bonaventure. 

She is the author of Loves Me, Loves Me Not: The Ethics of Unrequited Love, a book that features interviews with many college students about their experiences of romantic rejection.  This book has led to many speaking engagements on college campuses.  Other books to which she has contributed chapters can be found on the “Books” page. 

From 2003 to 2008, Smit served as Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College, and in connection with that position she was ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, while retaining her PC(USA) ordination.  In the summer of 2012, Rev. Smit was dismissed from the PC(USA) to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.  She has been a member of the theology team for both the Fellowship of Presbyterians and ECO since August 2011.  She is a member of ECO’s Great Lakes Presbytery and serves on the Ministry Assimilation Team.  She also serves on ECO’s Synod Executive Council. 

Her current research interests are focused on the thought of C. S. Lewis.  She took sabbatical leave during the 2014-2015 school year to work on a book on the idea of magnanimity in Lewis and his sources.