• Convocation Postponed

    The Reformed Institute Convocation has been postponed to March 5th because of weather and will be held at National Presbyterian Church. The Reformed Institute’s winter course, “A Chosen People?” is being postponed until April. Click the "read more" button below for more information on all upcoming events.
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  • Thirteenth Annual Convocation

    The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington presents its Thirteenth Annual Convocation:

    Election Again?

    Presented by
    The Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald
    Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
    Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    WHERE: National Presbyterian Church, Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
    *Continental breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Presentation and Response will begin at 9:30 a.m.

    There is no charge for this event. Click here to register.

    What are your first thoughts when someone mentions ‘the doctrine of election’? Are you eager to talk about it, or do you groan inwardly and wonder where to begin? Our Reformed tradition has had a great deal to say about election over the centuries, often to explain and defend our approach in relation to alternative views. This is important, but it does mean that we sometimes focus on only a few of the many rich themes associated with this central scriptural concept. It also means that we often get into intractable arguments very quickly! This presentation will suggest an approach to election that helps us to root our Reformed priorities in the bigger scriptural picture, with the hope that it might also help us to relate the doctrine in fresh ways both to our discipleship and to what it means for us to be the church.

  • Dr. McDonald Biography

    A native of Australia, Dr. McDonald’s first degrees were in English literature, from the University of Western Australia and Oxford University. She then did a Masters in theology at Cambridge University and a PhD in theology at St Andrews University in Scotland. Dr. McDonald has written two books, John Knox for Armchair Theologians and Re-Imaging Election: Divine Election as Representing God to Others & Others to God as well as several articles and essays. She taught theology in the Religion Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI from 2007 – 2014 and was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in June 2014 when she also joined the faculty of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, in her spare time, Dr. McDonald is likely to be out watching and photographing birds. She also loves reading, art, music, cricket and NFL football, and has recently become a citizen of the U.S.
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