2018 Wilberforce Conference

The Wilberforce Conference is a day-long gathering of students, alumni and community members that demonstrates the breadth of the Christian understanding of the world and the broad, life-shaping, society-impacting truth of the gospel. UNC students will recruit excellent speakers from the UNC alumni network and beyond for a keynote speech, a series of panels, and opportunities for conversation and relationship-building.

This Year's Theme

This year's theme is Wisdom for the Road Ahead

Wisdom is not less than knowledge, but it is certainly more. It implies lived experience, time-tested truth and engagement with the past in discerning how we're called to live and act today and tomorrow.  Wisdom is universal: it offers itself to every sphere of our lives and every facet of our society. 

This year's Wilberforce Conference will explore both what it means to be a wise person and how wisdom tangibly applies to different vocational fields.

Why Wisdom for the Road Ahead?

Because we believe that wisdom is both under-appreciated and of timeless, inestimable value.

While knowledge is widely hungered after today as the key to success and power, wisdom, which is more difficult to quantify, is largely ignored.  The neglect of wisdom is a tragedy, as it involves the essential art of reasoning, deliberating and then choosing how to act well. 

One who is wise may not immediately know the answer to every question, but she knows the principles by which she can arrive at the answer. Wisdom is an essential trait, particularly for college students who are seeking to discover and chart the course of their lives and careers.

In the spirit of William Wilberforce, this year's Conference will explore what it means to live wisely in today's world and how wisdom applies to different vocational fields.

Proverbs, the so-called 'book of wisdom,' describes the value of wisdom baldly:

"Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth...The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight."

Our hope is that this year's conference helps us all to 'get wisdom' and to be equipped for the road ahead.