Cultivating Inquiry Conference 2015

Faith & Learning for the 21st Century:
Cultivating Inquiry Across the Curriculum

Nov 23, 8am-4pm & Nov 24, 9am-12pm

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Free Admission!

The Cultivating Inquiry Conference is a two day event that gives us an opportunity to explore some of the hard questions we have as educators and continue to refine our own understanding of how to infuse curriculum with Christian thinking. It is our goal to keep a dialogue going with our colleagues so that together we can explore how to effectively give our students the tools they need to ask the questions that will allow them to make the Christian faith their own.


Brian Emmet

Brian Emmet moved to Boston in 1970 to attend Harvard (B.A. 1974) and has been in the area ever since. After a career in small business (Logos Bookstores), he served as the headmaster of Covenant School (now New Covenant School) from its founding in 1985 until 2009. He has been the pastor of Covenant Church in Arlington since 1996, and a member of that church since its founding in 1975. Brian is a certified coach with Leader Breakthru and a certified pre-marital counselor with the PREPARE program from Life Innovations. He and Kathy recently celebrated their 38th anniversary and are eager for 38 more. They have three grown children (one an LCA grad) and three grandchildren, with number four due in March.


Michael Hildebrandt

Michael Hildebrandt was called to the Northshore in 2004 to begin teaching at Landmark School. He earned his B.A. at Colby College.
Michael completed his master’s degree in moderate disabilities and
literacy in 2008 at Simmons College. He began a Ph.D. studying self-regulatory practices in academic contexts. Michael has taught in the graduate education program at Gordon College since 2011. He has also taught at Granite State College, University of New Hampshire and directed the teacher education program at Manchester (NH) Community College. In 2014 Michael founded the Center for Teaching Excellence
at Gordon College to continue faculty development in the areas of
pedagogy and 21st century teaching.

Brian Dietz

Brian Dietz is the Pastor to Families and Youth at Highrock Church.
He earned an M.Div and a Th.M. in Theology and Culture at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Brian developed a curriculum called Milestones that supports parents with resources and celebrations to help them in disciplining their children from birth through high school. Brian and his wife have three children aged 9, 7, and 4. Interestingly,
his wife was one of his first volunteer recruits when he started youth ministry. Brian has been a youth pastor for 14 years.

Past Events

Cultivating Inquiry Conference 2015


Keynote Speakers:

Learning from the Stranger: Christians and Cultural Differences
Dr. David I. Smith, Director of the Kuyer’s Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College
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Global Learning and the Task of Our Times
Dr. Richard Slimbach, Coordinator of the Global Studies Program, Asuza Pacific University
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Bringing Healing Out of Division
Fred L. Davis, Civil Rights Leader, Business Owner, Entrepreneur
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Watch Fred Davis speak


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*Early Bird Registration ends March 14th $250
Registration starting March 15th $295

Fee includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks and luncheon.
Students discount $150. Special group rates are available.
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David I. Smith

David Smith is a professor of German and Director of the Kuyer’s Institute for Christian Teaching and learning at Calvin College. He is co-author of The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning and the Bible and the Task of Teaching. He is author of Learning From the Stranger. Smith is the author of many other books and journal articles. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been a popular speaker at Cultivating Inquiry and Veritas Conferences in the past.

A native of the United Kingdom, he studied in Canada and taught in Germany. Before moving to Calvin he worked as a researcher and teacher educator at the Stapleford Centre (, a Christian educational institute in Nottingham, UK. There he was involved in an extensive curriculum project which produced, among other things, foreign language course materials designed to encourage the moral and spiritual development of learners. He has taught German, French and Russian in high schools in the UK, and served for a time on the executive committee of the Values Education Council of the United Kingdom. He currently serve as an editor of both the Journal of Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages.

Richard Slimbach

Richard Slimbach is devoted to understanding the world, and leading collegians into ethical applications of their own curiosity and world knowledge. He served in a number of community-based organizations working with migrant farmers, homeless men, border communities, and Vietnamese refugees. The tutoring connection led to graduate studies in TESOL and eventually to two years dedicated to occupational literacy program development among Muslim cycle rickshaw drivers in Hyderabad, India. Since 1991, his professional energies at APU have been dedicated to creating, teaching in, and managing academic programs aimed at preparing students to learn in socio-cultural settings radically different from their own. He is the coordinator of the global studies major with teaching specialties in urban sociology, applied anthropology, global issues, and international education program design. Slimbach supervises the Global Learning Term — a self-directed, full-immersion study and service abroad program that has enabled global studies students to conduct small-scale community research and academic service-learning projects in over 50 non-western countries.

Slimbach authored Becoming World Wise and many journal articles. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.


Fred Davis

Fred Davis was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 8, 1934. After graduating from Manassas High School in Memphis in 1953, Davis attended Tennessee State University. After he graduated in 1957 with his BS, Davis entered the Army and served in France for two years. After returning from the Army, he began pursuing his Master's Degree at University of Memphis. Before graduating with his Master's, Davis was elected to serve on the city council.

Davis opened his own insurance agency, Fred L. Davis Insurance, in 1967. The agency was one of the first African American-owned insurance agencies in the South. When the sanitation workers of Memphis went on strike in 1968, Davis was serving on the city council. Siding with the strikers, Davis urged the city to recognize their union. Over the course of several months, there was violence by the police against the strikers when they would march, and leaders from the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference came to support the strike. It was this strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, and the strike ended soon thereafter. Mr. Davis was on the dais with Dr. King when he made his historic “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech just before his assassination. Davis later became the first African American chairman of the Memphis City Council.

Fred Davis Insurance is one of the most respected companies in Memphis, growing from a small office to a powerhouse of sales. Fred Davis was the first African American policy writing agent in six contiguous states and the first African American member of the Independent Insurance Agents of America. The Fred L. Davis Insurance Agency has represented the Hartford Group as a lead company since appointed in 1968.

Mr. Davis is very active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the Assissi Foundation, as a trustee of the Community Foundation, a director of the Memphis Leadership Foundation and a past president of the University of Memphis Society. He has been presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the National Council of Christians and Jews and the Communicator of the Year Award by the Public Relations Society.

What is Cultivating Inquiry?

Faith and learning are key and inseparable components of a Lexington Christian Academy education. As a school that was born out of the evangelical movement in New England, our founders believed that clearly identifying the Christian aspect of the institution was essential. They knew that excellent education was possible without compromising the Christian philosophy of the school. This critical component of our school is captured in the name of the institution. The school was originally named Boston Christian High School, changed to Christian High School (when the school moved to Cambridge) and Lexington Christian Academy (when the school relocated to its present site in Lexington). LCA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and defines itself as a Christian college-preparatory school.

Evangelical Christian school educators believe that each student must choose to accept or reject the biblical principles that are presented. Choice and questioning are essential if students are to understand and appropriate a worldview that they can live by. Christian education is not about indoctrination. Excellent Christian schools are places where students are encouraged to ask hard questions, pursue candid discussions and test each idea. The importance of the faculty cannot be underestimated; they are the role models who show students how to appropriate a biblical worldview in each academic area but also in life. It is essential for the Christian school to prepare students for credible scholarship in the secular world as well as the Christian world. This is consistent with being an evangelical Christian school (Winsor 2004).

Cultivating Inquiry is about teaching our students what questions to ask and how to ask them. It is an opportunity for us to explore some of the hard questions we have as educators and continue to refine our own understanding of how to infuse curriculum with Christian thinking. It is our goal to keep a dialogue going with our colleagues so that together we can explore how to effectively give our students the tools they need to ask the questions that will allow them to make the Christian faith their own.

Our formal Cultivating Inquiry Conference alternates with the Scholar-In-Residence program. The Scholar-In-Residence program takes place in conjunction with our student VERITAS Forum. The original VERITAS Forum was created by Christian students at Harvard University to help fellow students seek truth, and to let truth speak for itself. The purpose of this forum is to give students space and opportunity to express their doubts and ask the hard questions about Christianity, its truth and its relevance across all of life. We must ask the hard questions and wrestle with the answers as we help our students make the Christian faith their own.

We invite you to join the dialogue.

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