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Living coram Deo—in the sight of God—implies the unique obligation to make the world a better place, especially if you are in a position where you can bring about changes.  However, without an appropriate framework for understanding the proper order of society, it is difficult to find effective solutions to today’s social and cultural challenges.

The Reformers, animated by the conviction that those closest to the source of a social problem are best positioned to find the solution, appealed to local authorities and to influential individuals to take active responsibility in changing and improving education, social and political stability, and economic well-being. This is such an effective approach to solving social problems that Christians beyond the Reformation traditions, including Catholic and Orthodox believers, have embraced it.

This week-long conference will train participants to:

  • understand the principle of subsidiarity,
  • apply it to their professional lives,
  • inspire them to responsible and effective social action

This event is cosponsored by the Acton Institute and the Coram Deo Program

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Rev. Robert Sirico
Rev. Robert Sirico

President and Co-founder

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review.

Rev. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his popular book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs. Rev. Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

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Tandean Rustandy
PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk

Founder and CEO

Tandean Rustandy is the founder and CEO of PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk. Presently, Mr. Rustandy sits on the Global Advisory Board and Council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is a member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, and also serve as Advisory Board of the University of Indonesia’s Master of Management Program. 

Rustandy has been noted as a recipient of various awards and his thorough approach to entrepreneurship and management excellence has brought PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk to become a leading ceramic tiles manufacturer in Indonesia and one of the world’s top producers, as well as having numerous awards under the company’s name. The company has received various prestigious recognitions from private as well as governmental institutions for its achievements, including ‘Best of the Best’ from Forbes Indonesia in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015; ‘Best Under A Billion’ from Forbes Asia in 2006 and 2014; ‘Best Stock Issuer with Market Capitalization of up to IDR10 Trillion’ at the Indonesian Capital Market Awards 2014 by the Indonesian Stock Exchange; ‘Best Managed Company’ and ‘Most Committed to Paying Good Dividends’ from FinanceAsia in 2014 and 2015; and the Green Industry Award from the Indonesian Government for eight consecutive years from 2011-2018.

He has been invited as a speaker at conferences and instructed classes in various different institutions including, Harvard Kennedy School of Public policy, Yale University School of Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Singapore management University and University of Indonesia.

In 2017, The Social Enterprise Initiative Center of University of Chicago Booth School of Business was renamed the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation in honor of  Rustandy’s commitment in philanthropy, environmental issues and  social justice.

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Karla Boersma

Co-founder and Director of Operations

Karla Boersma is co-founder and Director of Operations of Refo500, the international platform for knowledge, expertise, ideas, products, and events, specializing in the 500 year legacy of the Reformation, and Program Director of the Coram Deo Program. She edited and published several books related to the Reformation.

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Adam MacLeod, J.D.
Faulkner University, Jones School of Law

Associate Professor

Adam J. MacLeod, J.D. is Associate Professor at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law; a Thomas Edison Fellow in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University; and a former visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is co-editor of Foundations of Law (Carolina Academic Press 2017) and author of Property and Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press 2015) and dozens of scholarly articles and essays. He holds degrees from Gordon College and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Herman J. Selderhuis, Ph.D.
Theological University Apeldoorn


Herman Selderhuis, Ph.D. (1961) is President of the Theological University Apeldoorn (the Netherlands) and Professor of Church History and Church Polity. He is also Director of Refo500 and Program Director of the Coram Deo Program. Selderhuis has published extensively on the history and theology of the Reformation and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

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Acton Institute
98 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


The event starts with registration at 4:00 PM on Monday. The event ends after lunch at 4:00 PM on Friday.


Application Fee: Free

Registration Fee: $100 USD

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