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Annual Kuyper Lecture

Annual Kuyper Lecture

For nearly three decades, the Center for Public Justice has hosted an annual Kuyper lecture. The Kuyper Lecture is named after the Dutch theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper  (1837-1920). The Kuyper Lecture seeks to focus attention on significant questions of religion in public life. Kuyper believed that the Christian life cannot be confined to church life. Accepting Christ’s claim of authority over the entire world, he sought to follow the implications of that faith into politics, journalism, the university, and other human endeavors. 

2023 Kuyper Lecture

The Center for Public Justice (CPJ) will hold our 26th Annual Kuyper Lecture, delivered by Rachel Hope Anderson, J.D.  on the topic “Who’s Caring for Children?” on Thursday, November 16.

Rachel Hope Anderson (Hope& Consulting) has extensive experience at the intersection of faith and early childhood policy.  She founded and serves as strategic advisor to the Families Valued program at the Center for Public Justice and served as the Primary Investigator for CPJ’s three state studies on faith-based child care. Previously, she served as the director of faith affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending where she formed and led a cross-ideological religious coalition to rein in predatory payday lending. Ms. Anderson brings a background in community organizing, advocacy, and spiritual formation to her consulting work and is committed to the practice of pluralism—helping those with deep differences to work together with mutual respect toward a shared common good. She is a graduate of Harvard Law and Divinity Schools.

Ms. Anderson’s remarks will be followed by a discussion featuring Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder and Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance at the Center for Public Justice.

Previous Kuyper Lectures

Videos of prior Kuyper Lectures are directly accessible from this page by clicking on the individual lecture titles  below.

Christian Principles for Health Care Policy

Recovering Sphere Sovereignty in the Age of Trump

Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof: The ACA and Religious Freedom


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