Here is What Happened on the First Day of the Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History

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Peggy Bendroth delivers the opening plenary in the Calvin College chapel

As many of you know, I am writing today from the 31st Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History.  This year’s conference is at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Margaret Bendroth, the Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston, delivered our opening plenary: “History and Faith in Anxious Times.”  She challenged us to treat our work as historians as an art form–to craft ideas and compose stories that are beautiful and humane.  She urged us to be “people of the imagination,” engage the world with our work, and be “outrageous.”  If you missed the lecture, it should be published in the next few months in Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History.

Here are some other things that happened on Day 1:

Chris Gehrz, aka The Pietist Schoolman, is ready to go, but he seems to be a bit under the weather:

Get better soon, Chris!

Incoming CFH president Beth Allison Barr is comparing Medieval history with contemporary evangelical gender roles:

Greg Rosauer is doing some last minute tweaking:

Tom Mackie is really happy to be here!

Baylor is in the house!:

Otis Pickett is on his way, but he apparently got stuck in a cornfield.

The CFH program chair reminds everyone that the conference is “twitter friendly”:

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David McFarland spent some time wandering around campus:

Some attendees are putting their flight time to good use:

Terry Christian is very excited about her first CFH:

We are off to a good start!