The Christianity in the Academy Conference began in Memphis, TN in 1996 under the leadership of Bill Marty and Bruce Speck who belonged to the faculty of the University of Memphis. Since then this one day conference has taken place annually in the spring of the year. In 2003 it began publishing the proceedings of the conference. The conference issues a Call for Papers every fall which always attracts a rich array of papers on the intersection of faith and the academic disciplines by Christians who teach in secular and religiously affiliated institutions. A keynote speaker addresses the theme of each conference following the luncheon. Past keynote speakers have included Robert MacSwain, Jerry Walls, David Gushee, Don King, Harry Poe, Steven Garber, Charles Turner, William Jenkins, and W. E. Knickerbocker, Jr.. The Inklings Fellowship became a partner for conducting the conference with Dr. Marty in 2011 and began sponsoring the conference in 2013.
The regional Inklings Weekends focus on the whole person and bring young scholars together with members of the Inklings Fellowship and other interested Christians. This retreat encourages the spiritual life of the scholar in communion with other Christians outside the academy in order to maintain perspective. The retreat settings are chosen for their natural beauty and architectural charm so as to contribute to the overall experience.
The Inklings Institute is a week long, interdisciplinary conference conducted each summer in the United States and triennially in Oxford. The institute focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the academy and the need for the balanced life; including intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, social, and spiritual dimensions. It involves lectures, seminars, performances, corporate worship, and communal dining designed to encourage the understanding that the Christian life of the mind is more than disembodied gnosticism.
Through partnership with several major private collections, we collaborate with local churches to place a major exhibit of first editions, letters, ephemera, and artifacts related to the Inklings of Oxford on exhibit in secular settings. We prefer to work with municipal and university libraries which provide a non-religious setting for the presentation of the Inklings to the broad public. Contact us to discuss the possibility of bringing an Inklings Exhibition to your city or university.