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Why Rituals? Exploring Our Inescapably Ritualized World and Faith

Why “do this in remembrance” and not just “think on these things”? The biblical world of rituals is thick, including the habits of daily life, treaties with gods and kings, and the calendar of Israel’s and Christianity’s worship. We are ritualed creatures, and the Scriptures uniquely claim that rituals yield skill, discernment, and the understanding necessary to serve in the kingdom of God.


Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022


Calvin University
3201 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

(Applications for this seminar are now closed)

This week-long seminar will explore the question “why ritual and not some other way of knowing” so that participant can see how their daily life, their education, their worship, and their communities only make sense in light of the Scripture’s view of our ritualized world.

Directed by Dru Johnson, our week together will consist of a variety of interactive learning experiences, readings, and group discussions, as well as leisure time in the afternoon to rest, reflect, and rejuvenate.

This seminar will be offered at no cost to those participants who are selected. Space is limited. All meals and lodging will be provided throughout the week. Participants are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the seminar.

Application Information

To apply, applicants must fill out an application form. You will be required to provide:

  1. A 300-word essay on why you are interested in participating in the seminar
  2. Your resume/CV.
  3. Contact information of one person of reference.

Applications for this seminar are due on February 18, 2022.

Participants will be selected by March 18, and will receive select books and articles in advance of our time together.