Conferences and Events

Being a valuable resource for today’s Church and community is part of the Northeastern Seminary mission. That’s why we host conferences and symposiums designed to meet the needs of the faith communityto respond to the challenges we face in ministry. Each event is constructed to stimulate thinking, prompt reflection, and incite transformation as we share in God’s mission. These enrichment events feature nationally renowned speakers and cover a broad spectrum of timely, substantive topics in the fields of ministry, theology, scripture, and spiritual formation. 



2018-2019 Events

  • September 29, 2018 | 20th Anniversary Celebration at Roberts Wesleyan College's Homecoming Festival

  • October 4-6, 2018 | The Call and Response Conference: The Past, Present, and Future of Black Christians in America

  • November 2-3, 2018 | Intimacy with God—A Spiritual Retreat with Joycelyn Lewis

  • December 8, 2018 | Alumni Christmas Gala & Reception

  • March 13, 2019 | B.T. Roberts Symposium on the Church, Justice and the Community

  • May 17, 2019 | Commencement 

  • June 18, 2019 | The Courage to be Human in an Age of Celebrity with Mandy Smith


Academic Calendar
Week of June 17, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Conference on Ministry

Add To Your Calendar 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Liberating CrossIn the Hands of a Loving God

Keynote Speaker

Brian Zahnd is founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Zahnd is an acclaimed thought leader and author of many titles including: Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. | Registration & Continental Breakfast (included with ticket)

9:00 | Session 1: The Crucified God The centrality of the cross in Christian faith

10:30 | Break

10:50 | Session 2: No More Monster God A critique of crucifixion understood as the wrath of God

12:00 p.m. | Lunch (included with ticket)

1:15 | Session 3: How Did Jesus Understand His Death? The three accomplishments of the cross as  set forth by Jesus in John 12

2:30 | Break

2:50 | Session 4: Lamb of God (The Last Scapegoat) Viewing the cross through the important lens of René Girard

4:00 | Closing and Departure


For questions regarding this event contact Maria Gilluly at or 585.594.6420. 

Location: Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center, 2301 Westside Drive Rochester, NY 14624

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