9/20/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland area resident Dr. Mark Hamilton, professor of philosophy at Ashland University, presented a paper titled “A Prelapsarian Foundation for Competition” at the Inaugural Congress of Sport and Christianity at York, England, on Aug. 24-28.
From Aug. 24 to 28, Hamilton attended the Inaugural Global Congress on Sport and Christianity held at St. John’s University in York, England.
The congress was attended by 180 delegates from 24 countries, such as the Czech Republic, Albania, England, China, Cameroon and South Africa.
There were people from a wide variety of backgrounds since one of the goals was to “encourage global collaboration between academics, practitioners, politicians, clergy, administrators and athletes.” The hope of this gathering is to “affect a ‘culture shift’ in modern sport through the sharing of ideas and practices and a ‘coming together’ of individuals from across the academic disciplines and all streams and denominations of Christianity, culminating in an inclusive and ecumenical event.”
Among the notable keynote speakers were Michael Novak (American theologian and author of over 45 books), Tony Campolo, John Boyers (chaplin for over 20 years of Manchester United), and Robert Ellis of Regent’s Park College in Oxford.
This conference was a follow-up to the International Conference on Sport and Spirituality held in 2007, which gave rise to the vision of a regularly held conference to promote the Christian reflection on sport and exploration of ways to redeem sport.
Hamilton also was a part of the 2007 conference, which itself was an outgrowth of a brain-storming session about faith and sport held in Dayton in 2005 with Hamilton and approximately 15 others. The Second Global Congress on Sports and Christianity will be hosted by Calvin College in 2019.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###