Join the conversation on faith and our common life together by attending one of our events.


Guilds are industry-specific groups that encourage collaboration, address industry-specific needs, and apply resources from Christianity to their particular sector. Guilds are led by New City Fellows alumni and local community leaders.

Entrepreneurs Guild

For starters, creatives, builders, and others interested

CO-CHAIRS: Bonnie Yarboro and Patrick Dunnigan

For more information on the Entrepreneurs Guild, please contact

Law & Public Policy Guild

For those working in the legal field and public justice

CO-CHAIRS: Margaret Duke and Josh Yost

For more information on the Law & Public Policy Guild, please contact


Forums are public events featuring leading thinkers on pressing issues of concern to the whole city and our culture-at-large.

Center for Public Christianity Inaugural Lunch Lecture Series featuring James K. A. Smith

Friday, February 21, 2020, at 12:00 pm

Come celebrate and hear more about what the Center is doing. Award-winning author of You Are What You Love James K. A. Smith will be speaking.

Attendance is limited:

Location coming soon.

+ About James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. Smith also serves as editor in chief of Image journal, a quarterly devoted to “art, mystery, and faith.”

He is the award-winning author of a number of books, including Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, Desiring the Kingdom, and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014), You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016) and Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (2017). His latest book is On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts (October 2019).

His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, First Things, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Jamie and his wife, Deanna, have four children, and live in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids where attend Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church.


Twitter: @james_ka_smith

Prospective Fellows Info Meeting

Monday, March 9, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Interested in becoming a New City Fellow? Learn about the program, what it involves, and how to apply. Swing by with a friend and chat with alumni, current Fellows, and staff over dessert and coffee.

Location: Jubala Coffee North Raleigh

This event is FREE. Register here.

Christianity and #MeToo, featuring Karen Swallow Prior

Friday, March 27, 2020, 7:00 pm

Featuring Karen Swallow Prior and center director Joshua Chatraw, coauthors of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues

Location, registration & further details coming soon

+ About Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior (PhD, SUNY Buffalo) is an award-winning professor of English at Liberty University. She is the author of On Reading Well, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Prior has written for Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington PostFirst ThingsVoxThink Christian, and The Gospel Coalition. She is a senior fellow with Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.


Twitter: @KSPrior