Law, Justice and Culture Institute Provides Christian Worldview Training
The Law, Justice and Culture Institute, held May 18-29, provided worldview training in the Judeo-Christian tradition to Trinity students and students from participating colleges.
The purpose of the annual gathering, which is sponsored by the Center for Law and Culture at Trinity, is to inspire students to serve God faithfully in public life, particularly in the strategic fields of law, government, and politics.
“I learned that God is the ultimate source of justice, and as aspiring politicians, lawyers, and policy makers, we should look to him first regarding every decision we make,” said Trinity student and LJC participant Michael Senatore ’11 of Lincolnwood, Illinois, of his experience. “I was inspired that even in a postmodern era where the idea of God is an afterthought, I can still find evidence supporting God and his Word through responsible research. If I combine that with my faith, there is no secular or naturalistic argument that can persuade me otherwise.”
This year’s participating schools and Institute grads include:
Trinity Christian College—Kenyatta Bivens ’11 of Lynwood, Illinois; Mitchell Doxey ’11 of Wayland, Michigan; Anna Gesch ’12 of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin; Ashley Madonia ’10 of Summit, Illinois; Michael Senatore ’11 of Lincolnwood, Illinois; and Melissa G. Voss ’11 of Chicago Ridge, Illinois
Biola University—Katie Brookens, Ryan Haliday, Sarah Palmer
Covenant College—Nanshelmun Dashan
Evangel University—Scott Kissee and Sherra Kissee
Fresno Pacific University—Jeffrey Smith
Judson University—Anna Thomas
Messiah College—Kathryn Siconolfi
Olivet Nazarene University—Nikki Lamb, Sarah Shilvock, and Joshua Tijerina
The Institute awards three academic credits to students who successfully complete the requirements of the two-week session, during which students attend classes, hear guest speakers, and complete assignments and exams.
The sessions, led by Charlie Emmerich, professor of political science, and various guest lecturers, covered the topics of Law and Justice in Ancient Hebrew Society, “Higher Law” and the U.S. Constitution, Nazism and Natural Law, and Providence and Transcendence.
Dr. Susan D. Emmerich, Ph.D.
Director, Creation Care Program, Center for Law and Culture
CEO, Emmerich Environmental Consulting
L.B. Graham, M.Div.
Author, “The Binding of the Blade” fantasy series
Teacher at Westminster Christian Academy
Bruce D. Strom, J.D.
Executive Director, Administer Justice
William F. Seitz, Jr.
Project Implementer, Chicago Bible Society
Cornerstone Academy, Chicago
Students received certificates at a graduation luncheon held on May 29, and guest speaker Major Douglas W. Moore, JA, presented “Uncommon Courage.” The Richard Acker Creation Care Scholarship, funded by the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation, was awarded to Anna Gesch, Trinity Christian College; Katie Brookens, Biola University; and Nikki Lamb, Olivet Nazarene University.
“I had an amazing experience at the Law, Justice and Culture Institute,” said Gesch. “Now, more than ever, we need Christians to stand up for righteousness in the areas of law and politics, and I feel that the LJC institute does a great job preparing young people for this task.”
A special thank you is extended to the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation; Robert and Danette Buikema; Goldsmith Weiss Foundation; Hoogendoorn & Talbot, LLP; and Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd. for funding the Institute scholarships.
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