» Founders Day

March 10 and 11

Theme: Fear Not!

Founders Day is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, connecting students, faculty and community members with an outstanding scholar in the area of religion (Founders Education Day) and a renewal and reunion event for Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ people (Founders Day).

The scholar is Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon. Kinnamon has been a major leader and scholar of the ecumenical movement for decades. He is the immediate-past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and has led the Consultation on Church Union and the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order.

Kinnamon will present lectures on Friday, March 10, addressing the climate of fear that pervades American culture and how Christianity and all of the major world’s religions call us to resist the power of fear in our lives.  He will also facilitate a panel discussion with world faith leaders on Saturday, March 11.

The preacher is Frank A. Thomas, PhD. Thomas is the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and the Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary.

+ - Overview of Events

Founders Education Day
Friday, March 10, all day, Wallace All Faiths Chapel of the Fish Interfaith Center
Ticketed event, free to Chapman students, faculty and staff
Three lectures by Dr. Michael Kinnamon and participant discussion.

Founders Day                                                          
Saturday, March 11, all day, various locations
This is a day to celebrate Chapman’s connection to our Founders, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and our ecumenical partner, the United Church of Christ. This a special day which highlights the talents of the Disciples on Campus students. This is a ticketed event and the hi-lights include:

  • A morning lecture on preaching by Dr. Frank Thomas
  • Prospective student and parent events
  • Worship with Dr. Thomas preaching
  • Lunch with the Disciples and UCC Church Leaders of the Year
  • Panel discussion between world faith leaders and Dr. Kinnamon
  • Chappy Hour for alumni, Disciples on Campus parents, prospective families and friend (additional fee required)

Most events will be held in or around the Fish Interfaith Center on Chapman’s main campus in Orange, CA. For more information please refer to the detailed schedule below or contact Kari Kempf at (714) 997-6760. If you are in need of a scholarship to attend, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Nancy Brink or call (714) 997-6760. No one will be turned away because of finances.


All events are in the Fish Interfaith Center or various campus locations

Friday, March 10

9 a.m. Registration opens & optional campus sites to visit
10:30 a.m.  Welcome and morning prayer
10:45 a.m. Dr. Michael Kinnamon Lecture #1
Noon Lunch (included in registration)
1:30 p.m.    Dr. Michael Kinnamon Lecture #2
2:45 p.m.  Break
3:15 p.m.   Dr. Michael Kinnamon Lecture #3
4:30 p.m. Book Signing by Dr. Michael Kinnamon 

Saturday, March 11          

8:30 a.m. Registration opens & optional campus sites to visit
9:15 a.m. Prospective Student & Parent Events
Lecture on preaching: Dr. Frank Thomas
10:30 a.m. Worship with Dr. Frank Thomas preaching
Noon Luncheon (included in registration), honoring Disciples and UCC Church Leaders

of the Year: Rev. Nora Jacob and Matt Balin and Tracy Halter-Balin

1:30 p.m. Dialogue with Dr. Kinnamon and interfaith leaders
3 p.m. Book signing with Michael Kinnamon and interfaith leaders
3:15 p.m.

Chappy Hour for alumni, Disciples on Campus parents, prospective families and friends (additional fee required)

+ - Pricing Information

(Included: 3 Kinnamon lectures and lunch)

  • $60  Regular Registration*
  • $15  New Church Pastor
  • $15 Seminary Student
  • $25  Young Chapman Alumni (grad year ’06 or later)

SATURDAY, MARCH 11                                                                  
(Included: morning events, worship, lunch, afternoon Kinnamon/interfaith panel)

  • $35  Regular Registration*
  • $20  Young Chapman Alumni (grad year ’06 or later)
  • $15  High School Youth

*There is a $15 price break for regular registration if attending both days - $80 instead of $95.

Special Events (additional fees required)


  • $15 Chappy Hour

+ - Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

For Disciples and UCC Pastors – You can receive up to 6 hours of CEUs for Founders Day:

  • Three Friday lectures with Dr. Michael Kinnamon – 1 hour per lecture
  • Saturday morning lecture with Dr. Frank Thomas – 1 hour
  • Saturday morning worship with Dr. Frank Thomas preaching – 1 hour
  • Saturday afternoon panel with Dr. Michael Kinnamon – 1 hour

A CEU form will be made available at Founders Day. You will be instructed at the event on how to get your form signed off for each hour.

+ - Hotel Accommodations

Rooms are available at the ALO Hotel. To receive the $119.00 Chapman Founders Day rate go here  or call (714) 978-9168 by 2/07/17. The rate increases after this date. Rate includes parking and full hot breakfast. The ALO Hotel is located at 3737 W. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA  92868.

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