Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

2017 Christian Scholars' Conference Registration

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Location: Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Conference Registration

Early Bird Rate - $165 through May 9 ($195 after May 9, 2017)

Graduate Student Rate (MA, PhD) - $125 through May 9 ($155 after May 9, 2017)

Your registration fee covers all sessions and meals starting with dinner Wednesday night through Friday breakfast. Some events are an additional fee and outlined below.

NOTE: Payments are not refundable after May 9, 2017.

Suggested Optional Events (additional fees may apply)


Memorial Pilgrimage for Victims of Racial Terrorism
Ntombi Naomi Tutu, Guest Speaker
"Just Us" Fisk Jubilee Singers Alumni, Music
(Wednesday, 8:00 am to 12:50 pm) - $20  

Seating is limited - price increases to $30 after May 9, 2017


In collaboration with the Anti-Racism task force of the Episcopal Diocese of Middle Tennessee, Christian Scholars' Conference attendees are invited on the morning of June 7th to memorialize the victims of lynching and racial terror in Davidson County. The service will be held at Fisk Memorial Chapel on the historic campus of Fisk University in North Nashville. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu and local Race and Gender Justice Activist, will be the guest speaker. Music will be provided by the a cappella group "Just Us" made up of local Fisk Jubliee Singer alumni. At the conclusion of the service, a permanent historical marker listing the names of the victims will be dedicated on the nearby campus of St. Anselm's Episcopal Church. We then return to Lipscomb University where the experience continues with lunch, Civil Rights sessions, the James H. Cone Plenary, and conversation. The $20 fee includes transportation to and from Lipscomb's campus and lunch. Price increases to $30 after May 9, seating is limited.

For individuals not attending CSC please register for the Pilgrimage here.

Lunch with PhD Students
(Wednesday, 11:30 to 1:00 pm) - no additional fee

Doctoral students in all fields are invited to attend a casual networking lunch with invited administrators from universities affiliated with the CSC. Graduate students will need to add this option to your registration. There is no additional charge for this event.

Luncheon - Rick Oster
(Thursday, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm) - $20  This event is now full, contact with questions.

         RIchard E. Oster, Jr. Scholar and Professor of NT at Harding School of Theology Festschrift Presentation Luncheon

Business Lunch
(Thursday, 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm) - no additional fee

Participants from business, computing, pharmacy, engineering and related areas are invited to lunch in the 1891 Faculty Club. This is a time for informal discussion and fellowship. There is no additional charge for this event.

Dinner - Mission Journal 50th Anniversary Celebration
(Thursday, 5:30 pm) - $10 - this event is now full, contact with questions.

Mission launched in 1967 with these words: "We go to press with the conviction that Mission can be a constructive force in the church. This will be accomplished when Christians are strengthened, encouraged, and stimulated to extend courageously the mission of the church in their own lives. We are convinced that a positive voice must bring the biblical message to bear powerfully and compassionately on the realities of the present world." The journal went on to make space for a prophetic voice in Churches of Christ during a tumultuous time, speaking costly truth about sectarianism, war, racism, and other urgent matters. Join us as we celebrate this legacy of courageous theological leadership, honor those who participated in it, and look further down the trail that Mission blazed.

Tokens Show
(Thursday, 7:30 pm) - $20

The Nashville Scene recognized the Tokens radio show as Nashville's "Best Local Variety Show" in 2013 which is a "grass-kicking shredfest" that is a "huge success," with "genre-bending creativity." The Tennessean calls it "one of a kind," and a "virtuouso ensemble." Prominent Nashville music critic Peter Cooper recently opined that Tokens "is amazing. It's amazing that [Tokens] has integrated music, humor and scholarship into something so seamlessly entertaining." Other reviewers have called Tokens "spectacular" and "provocative." Sojourners opined that "...if A Prairie Home Companion ever moved South and got religion - or at least went to divinity school - it might look a lot like Tokens." Best selling author Shane Claiborne calls Tokens "dazzling. magical. better than CATS...creating beauty and mischief." And the Englewood Review of books says that "Tokens is one of today's finest exemplars of exploration around the intersections of theology and the performing arts..." For more information, visit  

Lodging - on campus housing is now full

Please be advised that the CSC coincides with another very popular event in Nashville, CMA Music Fest. Please make arrangements for your accommodations, whether on or off campus, as soon as possible.

$40 a room per night/per person - Double Occupancy (roommate can be requested)
$65 a room per night - Single Occupancy

Lodging is available on Lipscomb's campus beginning Tuesday, June 7th through Friday, June 10th. The available rooms/suites have 2 bedrooms sharing a bathroom.  The bathroom is located between each room. Each bedroom has two single beds. You may choose a single room, however you will be sharing a bathroom with suitemates. Your room will be supplied with sheets, blanket, towels, and a pillow.

Couples should register for single occupancy and request their spouse as the roommate.

Please contact Ms. Willie Charpentier at with questions regarding on-campus housing.

If you wish to stay off campus, the following hotels are providing conference rates for a limited time:

Four Points by Sheraton
760 Old Hickory Blvd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
(866) 716-8133 or (615) 964-5500 local
website and online hotel reservations

Courtyard Nashville Brentwood
103 East Park Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 371-920
online hotel reservations
Hampton Inn - Nashville/Brentwood-I-65S
5630 Franklin Pike Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
Baymont Inn & Suites
111 Penn Warren Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 376-4666 call
direct for reservations, ask for Lipscomb University rate (10% discount)

Other accommodations in the area may be found through this link.

Book Displays and Exhibits Fee - $250  

The conference welcomes book displays and exhibits appropriate to the mission of the Christian Scholars' Conference and its theme. The book display or exhibit fee is $250, in addition to the regular conference registration. Vendors must obtain approval from David Fleer at prior to registering for the conference.

Note: Payments are not refundable after May 9, 2017.


For questions regarding registration please contact Kellye McCool at

On campus housing questions should be directed to Ms. Willie Charpentier at

We are sorry, but the registration period for this event has closed.