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Executive Committee

David W. Hall, PhD
Matthew Burton, CFA
Amb. Faith Whittlesey
Dianne Matthews
Nick Willborn, PhD
Eric Klein

Presidential Council

Peter Lillback, PhD
Bryan Chapell, PhD
Joseph Pipa, PhD
Jerry O’Neill, D.D.
Ric Cannada, DMin
Cornel Venema, PhD
Timothy Russell, PhD
Marvin Padgett
Michael Milton, PhD
David W. Hall, PhD
Matthew Burton, CFA
W. Robert Godfrey, PhD
Richard Burnett, PhD
Michael Horton, PhD
Brandon Vallorani

Tour Advisory Board

Timothy Russell, PhD (co-Chairman)
David Wicker (co-Chairman)
Joel Belz,Litt.D
William Edgar, PhD
L. Roy Taylor, DMin
Dianne Matthews

Conference Speakers

Joel Beeke
Henri Blocher
Richard Burnett
Bryan Chapell
Iain D. Campbell
R. Scott Clark
Ted Donnelly
Ligon Duncan
William Edgar
Sinclair Ferguson
Richard Gamble
Robert Godfrey
Darryl Hart
Michael Haykin
Martin Holdt
Michael S. Horton
Terry L. Johnson
Hywel R. Jones
Douglas Kelly
Robert Kingdon
Anthony Lane
Steven Lawson
Peter Lillback
William McComish
Bruce McCormack
James McGoldrick
Andrew McGowan
Hughes Old
Rt. Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
Philip Ryken
Herman Selderhuis
Derek Thomas
Geoffrey Thomas
Carl Trueman
John Witte, Jr.

Sponsors

Westminster Theo. Sem.
Reformed Pres. Theo. Sem.
Greenville Presbyterian Sem.
Covenant Theological Sem.
Reformed Theological Sem.
Mid-America Ref. Theo. Sem.
Midway Presbyterian Church
Invisible Hand Foundation
American Swiss Foundation
Presbyterian & Reformed Pub.
Memphis Ctr for Urban Theo. Studies
Westminster Seminary California
Modern Reformation
Tolle Lege Press
Erskine Theological Seminary

 

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The commemoration is now less than two years away!! We are busily preparing schedules, settling tour destinations, and seeking to raise funds. A large publicity campaign will begin in about 3 months. The following volumes are in process: a short volume on ways Calvin changed the world and a large textbook by 20 of the finest Calvin scholars, each commenting on a section of the Institutes called A Handbook on Calvin’s Institutes.

 Please enjoy our website and pass the word to your friends. One of the new features is the Calvin 500 Bookshop. Browse and enjoy.

 Post Tenebrae Lux.

Calvin500 Newsletter
December 2007

Greetings; as this fine year draws to a close, we wish to express our thanks to all who have lent a hand to this project and to all who have supported this venture. It is a historic effort and one that has significant accomplishments already, to wit:

  • Our first public announcement was made in the quarterly of the St. Pierre Parish Council in Geneva in February.
  • Our Logo was designed under the direction of Mr. Scott Keesee of Marietta, Georgia (USA).
  • Our Presidential Council met three times by phone and once in person, each time having great input and suggestions.
  • Our Sponsors (see left hand side of the web site) are on board, and we hope others will join us in the future.
  • We selected the Witte Tour and Travel Agency (Grand Rapids, Michigan) as our official Travel partner. We are quite pleased with their work, and the latest itinerary (below) reflects the outline of our tours. Co-Chairmen are David Wicker (St. Louis, Missouri) and Timothy Russell (Memphis, Tennessee).
  • A fantastic line-up of over 30 speakers is confirmed; and a few more will be added soon.
  • Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, thanks to Bryce Craig and Marvin Padgett, agreed to publish a Seven-Volume Commemorative set, The Calvin 500 Series—the first two are in to the publisher and scheduled for release in June 2008!! As much of our work as possible will also, thanks to the suggestion of our Genevan friends, be translated into French.
  • In October, we received permission from Protestant Church of Geneva and the St. Pierre Cathedral Council to have our Sunday and evening services in the Cathedral (with sermons from Calvin’s own pulpit), with morning and afternoon lectures in the Auditoire next door.
  • Tour hotels are being identified, with final selection soon, along with announcement of the Tour details scheduled for early 2008.
  • And there is much more in the works.

 

We are grateful to all our sponsors and could not be continuing this effort without them! If you are a supporter of one of our Sponsoring Institutions , look for their announcements about tour opportunities via their own websites or publications.

In the first half of 2008, we will:

  • Begin registration, seeking to encourage and incentivize early and group registration for a phenomenal tour (do, try to send your pastor for this once-in-a-lifetime treat);
  • Complete our Speaker list;
  • Continue work on publications;
  • Solicit more funding: if you or your organization can help, I would love to discuss this with you (please contact me: david.hall@calvin500.org);
  • Seek to organize and announce all other Calvin-related commemorations.

As this year ends and as you consider either your travel or continuing education wishes for the coming years, do please see if the speakers (see web site) and tour might not be of value for you or someone you know.

God bless; and Happy New Year!

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CALVIN 500 TRAVEL and

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

June 30 – July 9, 2009

 

Tuesday, June 30—Arrival in Paris

Participants flying into Paris will be met at Charles de Gaulle Airport and transferred to the hotel(s) where they will be assisted with check-in. Motorcoaches will depart from the airport on a schedule timed to the convenience of the majority of the participants. Participants who arrive at odd times may be transferred via taxi.

A panoramic orientation tour of Paris will be offered in the early afternoon.

A welcome reception including a variety of light refreshments will be scheduled at one of the program hotels or another nearby site from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Witte staff will be available at the hotel(s) to orient participants to the area and provide restaurant suggestions.  

 

Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2—Paris

Breakfast is served at the hotel(s).
Sightseeing tours of Paris and excursions to Noyon (The John Calvin Museum in Noyon:
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/noyon-museum-calvin.htm), Versailles and Orleans will be offered with morning and afternoon departures. Witte staff will be available at the hotel(s) throughout the day and evening to assist participants as needed. Considerable rest and free time will be offered in Paris.

Friday, July 3—Paris to Strasbourg (city of Calvin’s exile from 1538-1541)

Breakfast is served at the hotel(s).

With departures staggered between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., the group will travel from Paris to Reims with arrivals anticipated between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Upon arrival, each motorcoach group will have a tour of the Cathedral.

Departures from Reims will be staggered between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m., anticipating arrival at the hotel(s) in Strasbourg between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Packed lunches including sandwiches, fruit, sweets and bottled water will be provided en route from Reims to Strasbourg. Upon arrival at the hotel(s), participants will be assisted with check-in.

Guided walking tours of the old town will be offered with varying departures between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. During the tour, local guides will point out restaurants for those participants who would like to dine in the area. Witte staff will also be available at the hotel(s) to assist participants who prefer to explore on their own and/or who need restaurant suggestions.

Saturday, July 4—Strasbourg via Berne to Geneva

 

Breakfast is served at the hotel(s).

With departures staggered between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., the group will travel from Strasbourg to Berne, the capital of Switzerland. Arrivals are anticipated between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Upon arrival, each motorcoach group will have a short panoramic orientation tour followed by a two-hour break for lunch and independent exploration.

Departures from Berne will be staggered between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. with arrival at the  Geneva hotel(s) anticipated between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Upon arrival, participants will be assisted with check-in.

This evening and throughout the stay in Geneva, Witte staff will be available at the hotel(s) to provide suggestions for sightseeing and dining options and to assist as needed.

Sunday, July 5—Geneva

 

Breakfast is served at the hotel(s).

Worship services at St. Pierre Cathedral at noon and in the evening, with preaching from some of the foremost Calvinist expositors of our time. We will also share with the French-speaking congregation at St. Pierre.

No other activities are planned for this day.

Commemorating Calvin Conference: A 5-day international symposium with leading Ministers in Geneva (July 5-9, 2009). For those wishing to appreciate the theology and spirituality of Calvin, the Commemorating Calvin Conference will be without parallel.

Monday, July 6—Geneva

Breakfast is served at the hotel(s).
Participants will enjoy a special guided tour of the new, award-winning: MUSÉE INTERNATIONAL DE LA RÉFORME À GENÈVE: http://www.musee-reforme.ch/
Tribute Conference begins: A 4-day international symposium with leading scholars in the historic Auditoire in Geneva (July 6-9, 2009); Enjoy stimulating lectures, current research, and well-researched analyses in the mornings or afternoons from some of the finest experts on Calvin in the Tribute Conference.

A boat ride, with an unbelievable view, on Lake Geneva will be offered in the afternoon.

Commemorating Calvin Conference: A 5-day international symposium with leading Ministers in Geneva (July 5-9, 2009). For those wishing to appreciate the theology and spirituality of Calvin, the Commemorating Calvin Conference will be without parallel. Both conferences will be located in Geneva’s Old Town.

 

Tuesday, July 7—Geneva

Breakfast will be served at the hotel(s). 

Tribute Conference: A 4-day international symposium with leading scholars in the historic Auditoire in Geneva (July 6-9, 2009); Enjoy stimulating lectures, current research, and well-researched analyses in the mornings or afternoons from some of the finest experts on Calvin in the Tribute Conference.

Guided excursions to points of interest within and surrounding Geneva will be offered with morning and afternoon departures.

Commemorating Calvin Conference: A 5-day international symposium with leading Ministers in Geneva (July 5-9, 2009). For those wishing to appreciate the theology and spirituality of Calvin, the Commemorating Calvin Conference will be without parallel. Both conferences will be located in Geneva’s Old Town.

Wednesday, July 8—Geneva

 

Breakfast will be served at each of the hotels.

Tribute Conference: A 4-day international symposium with leading scholars in the historic Auditoire in Geneva (July 6-9, 2009); Enjoy stimulating lectures, current research, and well-researched analyses in the mornings or afternoons from some of the finest experts on Calvin in the Tribute Conference.

Guided excursions to points of interest within and surrounding Geneva will be offered with morning and afternoon departures. An excursion to nearby Lausanne is scheduled for the morning.

Commemorating Calvin Conference: A 5-day international symposium with leading Ministers in Geneva (July 5-9, 2009). For those wishing to appreciate the theology and spirituality of Calvin, the Commemorating Calvin Conference will be without parallel. Both conferences will be located in Geneva’s Old Town.

Thursday, July 9—Geneva

 

Breakfast will be served at each of the hotels.

Tribute Conference: A 4-day international symposium with leading scholars in the historic Auditoire in Geneva (July 6-9, 2009); Enjoy stimulating lectures, current research, and well-researched analyses in the mornings or afternoons from some of the finest experts on Calvin in the Tribute Conference.

A special Commemorative Luncheon, on the eve of Calvin’s birthday, will be provided for the whole group at a venue in the old town.

Guided excursions to points of interest within and surrounding Geneva will be offered in the afternoon.

Commemorating Calvin Conference: A 5-day international symposium with leading Ministers in Geneva (July 5-9, 2009). For those wishing to appreciate the theology and spirituality of Calvin, the Commemorating Calvin Conference will be without parallel. Both conferences will be located in Geneva’s Old Town.

Friday, July 10—Departure from Geneva

 

The travel program officially concludes today. Breakfast is served at the hotel(s). Motorcoaches will depart for Geneva Airport on a schedule timed to the convenience of the majority of the participants. Participants on odd schedules may be transferred via taxi.Witte staff will be available at the hotel(s) and at the airport to assist participants.

 

Accommodations for participants wishing to spend the night of July 10 in Geneva will be offered on an optional basis. Optional arrangements can also be made for anyone who would like to stay longer in Geneva and/or visit other parts of Europe. Some of our Sponsors will also offer to lead add-on tours to Germany, Italy, England, or Scotland; details forthcoming.

Included in the cost of the tour is a Conference voucher to hear some of the finest lectures and sermons of our time, and enjoy great fellowship and sightseeing. This is a tour not be missed. You’ll tell your grandchildren about this one.

We are also considering a two-tiered pricing approach, with a base price and an add-on for a 5-star hotel to make the package as affordable as possible.

 

With you, we look forward to the coming year and a great celebration.

David W. Hall
Executive Director
Calvin500.org

 

 

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