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ACU’s spring Summit to focus on the ‘Living Word’


Registration is underway for the spring event of ACU’s 116th year of Summit, March 30-31, with the theme of “Living Word.”

Registration is under for the spring event of ACU’s 116th year of Summit, March 30-31, with the theme of “Living Word.”

Summit’s two-day format is centered around intentional groups for those with similar interests or leadership roles, and for Spring 2023, those communities include family ministry, Hispanic ministry, preaching ministry and worship ministry. There will also be a general interest community that will examine the book of Hebrews. Facilitators will craft each community’s discussions and learning experiences specifically toward the needs of the group.

Anchor Point, Summit’s plenary session and dinner event, will feature Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, author of the New York Times bestseller Jesus and John Wayne. Du Mez is a writer, speaker and scholar who explore the intersection of religion, gender and politics.


Kristin Kobes Du Mez

An academic by training, Du Mez holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Notre Dame, but she writes and speaks for popular audiences in an entertaining style that is equal parts winsome and hard-hitting.

Her work has also garnered extensive national and international attention, as a feature on NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, and in national outlets in China, Japan, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands. She is a frequent commenter on religion and politics in the national media at outlets such as the Washington Post, Religion News Service, NPR, CBS, Newsweek, CNN and the BBC.

Du Mez teaches at Calvin University and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, three kids, and a dog named Paco

“We are excited to not only hear from Dr. Du Mez but also spend time reflecting with each other in community about what it means to be in conversation with the living word of God,” said Dr. Jennifer Schroeder, Summit director.

Attendance is limited, and registration is required, with an early registration discount available through Feb. 26. Summit’s spring gathering coincides with ACU’s Sing Song weekend, and participants are encouraged to stay and connect with friends and alumni and enjoy the student performances.

Register or learn more at or the Summit Facebook page.

— Wendy Kilmer

Feb. 20, 2023

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