On October 17, the Acton Institute hosted its 28th Annual Dinner. A sold-out crowd consisting of college presidents and faculty, Acton staff and other supporters of Acton enjoyed an evening of dining and fellowship at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.
Acton’s Annual Dinner is the largest single-day gathering the institute hosts. Every year, Acton staff and volunteers look forward to this time of fellowship with supporters from all over the world and the opportunity to hear from many intellectual heroes.
Margarita Money, an associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, gave the evening’s opening remarks and prayer. She also introduced the keynote speaker, Reverend Timothy Keller, theologian and founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Rev. Keller gave an engaging speech titled “Identity, Business and the Christian Gospel.” Keller noted the differences between “traditional identity” and “modern identity” and their implications for contemporary society, as both cause issues ranging from “workaholism” to performance-based selfworth in business. Keller ended his speech by stating that only the Christian Gospel supplies the answers to questions of identity.
Afterward, Acton’s president and co-founder, Rev. Robert Sirico, addressed the room. He thanked guests for their generous support of the Acton Institute and instilled reminders as to how religious liberty and free market economics work in tandem to bolster the freedom of both the individual and civil society.
All speeches from the dinner are available online at the Acton PowerBlog and Acton’s YouTube channel.