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The Forum

faith. reason. tomfoolery.

The Forum is a unique ministry we host on Furman’s campus in the Haynsworth Room on the second floor of Furman Hall each Monday night during the academic year. These weekly conversations are aimed at promoting thoughtful exploration of Christian faith through intellectually and spiritually stimulating lectures and discussions about provocative topics. Through the Forum we create space for students and faculty to explore the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition and engage the life of the mind through a unique blend of faith, reason, and tomfoolery. The Forum is the centerpiece of our ministry on campus and the place where we reach out to a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff who engage seriously the Truth claims of Christianity and their intersections with culture, coursework, and relationships.

Presenters for the Forum are traditionally Furman faculty or administrators, leaders from the Greenville community including clergy, non-profit executives, and business leaders, missionaries, and our Executive Director. During our semi-annual multi day Cultural Life Programs we also host nationally renowned scholars and thought leaders who bring a fresh perspective from beyond the Furman and Greenville communities.


“Mere Christianity Forum has really created space for me to think critically, act faithfully, and live playfully. I can’t imagine my college experience without the conversations and relationships I’ve developed through the Forum and the Vista House.”
Matthew Goodson, Senior Vista House Resident, Physics and Religion Major, North Carolina

“My time at the Forum was highly stimulating. If all the groups I spoke to were as sharp and informed as that, both America and the church would be in a very different place.”
Dr. Os Guinness, noted evangelical speaker and author of ‘The Case for Civility’

“Mere Christianity Forum is one of the most creative and innovative campus ministries I’ve come across in recent years. MCF provides students at one of this nation’s great universities the opportunity to experience the intellectual richness of the Christian faith in a Christian communal context. My visit to Furman as a guest of MCF was a highlight of my ministry.”
Rev. Dr. Will Willimon, Bishop, North Alabama Conference, the United Methodist Church

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