The first CHEC National Forum on Christian Higher Education attracted over 100 people to The King's University College in Edmonton, May 27-30, 2012. Attendees included administrators, faculty and staff. They were joined by another 50 people who attended the CACSD (Canadian Assoc of Christians in Student Development) conference held in conjunction with the Forum.
Speakers for the Forum included Bruce Hindmarsh, James M. Houston, Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College; Howard Jolly, Pastor, First Nations Community Church, Winnipeg; Lorna Dueck, a national TV host
of the weekly, Context with Lorna Dueck, a current affairs analysis program from a Christian perspective; and Dr. James Houston, the Board of Governors' Professor, Spiritual Theology at Regent College.
The theme for the Forum was "For Christ and His Kingdom: Inspiring a New Generation." Throughout the plenary and breakout sessions, the theme was evident. As the new CHEC board chair, Rob Reimer, president of Steinbach Bible College stated at the closing banquet, you could sense that the Spirit's leading in the discussions throughout the three-day event.
There were many highlights during the three-day event. Howard Jolly's plenary, given on the first morning of the Forum, began the First Nation's thread of the conference. The plenary and several breakouts which followed
it reminded attendees of the importance of being in dialogue with our First Peoples about greater access to Christian higher education.
The Christian Leadership Award in Higher Education, recently established to honour and celebrate people who have provided outstanding examples of leadership, was awarded to Dr James Houston, one of the founders of Regent College in Vancouver, at the conclusion of the Forum. (See news item from Regent College.)
Those who attended left with a heightened sense of belonging to a national movement dedicated to honouring Christ in higher education. "The Forum succeeded beyond our best hopes, and we thank the Lord for his blessing," noted Justin Cooper, CHEC's Executive Director.
CHEC also thanks the nine exhibitors and sponsors whose support helped to make this first Forum a success.
CHEC (Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc) is a non-profit association of Christ-centred higher education institutions, based in Dundas, Ontario. Members include 32 fully accredited, degree-granting institutions representing a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate Christian higher education within Canada, and serving over 17,000 students. The mission of CHEC is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including, fostering institutional cooperation, and to raise public awareness of the value of Christian Higher Education in Canada. Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc. qualifies for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act. View our current websites and initiatives at www.checanada.ca and www.checusout.ca.
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Christian Higher Education Canada