The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies Activities
The Guild Institute represents the future for the family…at HCU, in our city and throughout the world. It will be a place where preaching and research will reinforce strong scholarship on campus and in the community. Through The Guild Institute Houston Christian University will be truly “salt” and “light” to the world.
2021-2022 Honoring HCU's Founding Father, Dr. Stewart Morris
On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, during Convocation, The Guild joined the Houston Christian University student body, faculty and staff in honoring HCU’s Founding Father, Dr. Stewart Morris, and celebration of his 102nd birthday. As honored guests, The Guild members were seated in a special section of the Dunham Theater to hear the musical presentations of trumpeter, George Chase, and pianist, Dr. Dan Kramlich. We also enjoyed the unique perspectives into the life of Dr. Morris from the Director of the Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty, Dr. Christopher Hammons; Professor of Law and Jurisprudence, Dr. John Tyler; and HCU President, Dr. Robert Sloan. Dr. Morris’ dedication to the Lord, his service to our community, and his dedication to Houston Christian University is truly inspirational.
After Convocation, the Guild members were treated to a luncheon in the Morris Cultural Arts Center. Our Guild President, Judy Craig, welcomed everyone and asked for God’s blessings over our afternoon, the life of Dr. Morris and mission of HCU. On behave of the Guild, she presented Dr. Morris with a gift.
During the luncheon, photographs of Dr. Morris’ life were projected. Lisa Simon and Stewart Morris, Jr. both spoke about their life with and appreciation of their father. Sue Sloan and Sharon Saunders finished with their kind reflections of Dr. Morris and opened the microphone for any other comments.
We ended the day by singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Morris.
Slideshow of Convocation and Luncheon
Video of Convocation
Featuring remarks from Dr. John Tyler, Dr. Christopher Hammons & Dr. Robert Sloan
- 2019-2020 Celebrates Dr. Stewart Morris' 100th Birthday
2018-2019 Dr. Stewart Morris Honored
On October 24, 2018, Dr. Stewart Morris, HCU’s Founding Father, was honored at Convocation and a special luncheon with family, friends and faculty in the Morris Cultural Arts Center to celebrate his 99th birthday. Following the luncheon, the group was joined by HCU staff and students outside the Morris Cultural Arts Center for the dedication of a bronze statue in honor of Dr. Morris.
2016-2017 HCU Founding Father, Dr. Stewart Morris
On October 26, 2016, The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies honored HCU Founding Father Dr. Stewart Morris, who continues to be instrumental in helping the University evolve into the dynamic Christian University we see today. Convocation speakers and longtime friends of the Morris family, Edd & Nina Hendee, shared rich moments about Texas history with students, faculty and friends. The Hendees then participated in an informative Q&A discussion with the audience. Following Convocation, the celebration continued with a luncheon in McNair Hall welcoming HCU faculty as guest of The Guild, highlighted by a dialogue with Dr. Sloan and the Morris family.
2017-2018 Speaker, Lynne Jorden Martin
On October 18, 2017, Lynne Jordal Martin spoke at Convocation in the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the HCU Campus. Martin, who is Senior Opinion Editor for Fox News, is passionate about faith, family, news, food, travel and music. A lifelong Episcopalian, she is an Education for Ministry mentor and serves on the board of Forward Movement Publications. A graduate of Wellesley College, she was the recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship and studied Political Science and International Relations at the Free University of Berlin. Following Convocation, The Guild hosted a luncheon for HCU Faculty.
2015-2016 Speaker, Dr. Hunter Baker
On October 14, 2015, The Institute welcomed Dr. Hunter Baker as guest speaker at HCU’s Convocation where he inspired students with his talk on “A Graduation Speech Before Graduation.” Following Convocation, The Guild honored HCU faculty with a luncheon in McNair Hall featuring Dr. Baker and President Robert Sloan in a discussion on the importance of family for human flourishing, the relationship of the family to politics and freedom, and raising children in the church. Dr. Baker, an academic dean and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tn., serves as associate editor for the Journal of Markets and Morality and is a contributing editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. Dr. Baker is also a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and is the author of three books: The End of Secularism; Political Thought: A Student’s Guide; and The System Has a Soul. Prior to his tenure at Union, Dr. Baker served as director of Strategic Planning and as a member of the Faculty at HCU, where he co-founded The City, the University journal.
2014-2015 Speakers, Lee Strobel and Dr. William Lane Craig
On October 15, 2014, Lee Strobel and Dr. William Lane Craig were featured speakers at HCU’s Convocation, followed by a luncheon in McNair hall with HCU faculty as special guests. The Institute welcomed Lee Strobel as guest speaker for a second year and was pleased to introduced Dr. Craig to the HCU campus. Professor Strobel, in his second year at HCU, is an award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and New York Times best-selling author. Dr. Craig, an internationally known philosopher and theologian, is teaching his first class at HCU this fall. He is the author of more than 40 books and 150 journal articles, including his signature book Reasonable Faith. A dialogue with President Robert Sloan was an added feature.
2013-2014 Speaker, Lee Strobel
On February 19, 2014, Lee Strobel, one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists and author of many books, including The Case for Christ, was The Institute’s guest lecturer at HCU’s Convocation. The Guild hosted a special luncheon honoring HCU faculty where Lee Strobel and President Robert Sloan discussed issues facing the Christian family.
2012-2013 Speaker, Trudy Cathy White
On October 23 and 24, 2012, Trudy Cathy White, was The Institute’s guest lecturer at a community event and HCU Convocation. Mrs. White is the daughter of Truett Catty, founder and CEO of Chick-Fil-A. Her life goal is to obey God’s leadership, nurture family relationships and promote godly character in the next generation. She and her husband, John, have spent the last 33 years investing in the lives of others with programs such as IMPACT 360 and WinShape Camps designed to encourage young adults to be Christ-centered servant leaders.
2011-2012 Speaker, Gary Thomas
On October 26, 2011, Gary Thomas, an international speaker and best-selling author, whose desire is to bring people closer to Christ and closer to others, delivered The Guild lecture and spoke at HCU Convocation.
- Don’t Get Married … Until You Hear This Talk – Convocation
- Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad About Feeling Good? – Guild Lecture
2010-2011 Speaker, Dr. Voddie Baucham
On September 29, 2010, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, Texas, presented a series of lectures to audiences including Convocation and Freshman Year Seminar, Homeschool networks and community outreach.
- The Lord’s Will vs. My Desires – Convocation
- Opportunities in Christian Higher Education – Homeschool Network
- The Fatherless Family – Guild Lecture
2009-2010 Speaker, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
On March 29, 2010, the first Guild Lecture in Christian Family studies was presented by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Founder and President of the Ruth Institute.
- What happened to the culture of marriage in the west?
- How can the Christian university restore a culture of marriage?