Below are the themes and the leadership of the Symposia from 1978 to the present.

1978 “The Clergy Person as Mental Health Facilitator”Paul Clement, Director, Psychological Center, Fuller Theological Seminary
1979 “Toward More Effective Preaching”David Bartlett, Hyde park Union Church, Chicago.  William Shurr, English Department, Washington State University
1980 “Pastoral Care and Human Differences”David Augsburger, Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart, Indiana.  Linda Olds, Psychology Department, Linfield College
1981 “Religious Identity in American Culture”Eldon Ernst, American Baptist Seminary of the WestLeroy Ashby, History Department, Washington State University
1982 “The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church”Dale Bruner, Religious Studies, Whitworth College.  John Reist, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
1983 “Ethical Issues in Medicine”Tom McCormick, University of Washington Medical SchoolJudith Kay, Consultant on Ethical Issues in New Drug Development
1984 “The New Testament and Ethical Decision-Making”Robert Guelich, Colonial Congregational Church of Minneapolis.  Karen Lebacqz, Pacific School of Theology
1985 “The Wholeness and Holiness of Human Selves”Janet Ruffing, Sister of Mercy, Berkeley
1986 “Israel and the Challenge of Interpreting Biblical Prophecy”Wesley Brown, American Baptist Seminary of the West.  Carl Graesser, Jr., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
1987 “Coping with Radical Social Change”Richard Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary.  Gary Sattler, Fuller Theological Seminary
1988 “Distinctive Patterns in Biblical Faith: Praise, Hope, Grief, and Obedience”David Bartlett, Union Theological Seminary.  Walter Brueggeman, Columbia Theological Seminary
1989 “Beginning a New Beginning”/”Genesis and Matthew”H Darrel Lance, Colgate Rochester SeminaryRobert Smith, Pacific Lutheran Seminary
1990 “New Testament Values for Modern Living”John Donahue, Jesuit School of Theology.  William Herzog, Central Baptist Seminary
1991 “The Church: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What Does That Mean for the Church”Charles Glock, Professor Emeritus, University of California.  Sara Little, Pacific School of Religion
1992 “A Future for Feminist Theology”Elizabeth Bettenhausen, Women’s Theological Center, Boston
1993 “The Church as a Prophetic Community”Tex Sample, Professor of Church and Society, St. Paul School of Theology
1994 “Julian”Linda Loving, Associate Pastor, 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago
1995 “The Role of Christianity in Jazz”/”The Current State of Preaching: North American Homiletics”/”Working in the Twilight Zone:
Creativity and Theology”
Eugene Lowry, Professor of Preaching, St. Paul School of Theology
1996 “Taking Jesus Seriously: Jesus and the Christian Life”Marcus Borg, Professor of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University
1997 “An Ethics Symposium”Beverly Harrison, Professor of Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in New York
1998 “Going Public with a Private Affair: Religion at Century’s End”Martin Marty, Director of the Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago
1999 “Christianity as an Earth Faith”Larry L. Rasmussen, Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in New York
2000 “The Cultural Production of Evil”Emilie Townes, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary in New York
2001 “Judaism, Feminism, and the Issues of Interpretation”Dr. Judith Plaskow, Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College.  Rabbi Lewis Bogage, Chaplain at the Religious Life Center at DePauw University
2002 “Religion in the Workplace: If, How, and When?”/”The Six Stages of Faith Development: Pigeon-holing Empowerment?”/”Introduction to the Labyrinth”William L. McLennan, Jr. (Scotty), Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University
2003 “The Jewish God of the Historical Jesus”/”The Life of the Historical Jesus”/”The Execution of the Historical Jesus”/”The Resurrection of the Historical Jesus”John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies at DePaul University
2004 “The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel”/”Centering Prayer Background and Practice I”/”Centering Prayer Background and Practice II”Thomas Keating, Cistercian priest, monk, and abbot
2005 “Peace Building in Times of Terror”Rev. Dr. Carter Heyward, Howard Chandler Robbins Professor of Theology Emerita at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge
2006 “Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet”/”Feminist Mystics of the West”/”The Green Man and Our Search for the Sacred Masculine”Dr. Matthew Fox, Former Dominican Priest, Theologian, founder of Wisdom University and Friends of Creation Spirituality
2007 “Paradise and Empire: The Rivers of Justice and Beauty”/”The Empire Strikes Back: Paradise and Holy War”/”Loving This World: An Ethics of Beauty”Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good
2008 “Voices of Conscience from Islam”/”A Progressive Muslim Quest: On Justice and Love in Islam”/”Iran: Beyond the ‘Axis of Evil'”Dr. Omid Safi, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2009 “The Myth of Christian America: What is Trustworthy and What is Not”/”Building Cultures of Trust: How Can Citizens & Religious Organizations help Rebuild Trust Again?”/”Building Cultures of Trust: What Do We Do About Religious Fundamentalisms?”Dr. Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago
2010 “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith” Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D., author and popular teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality.  Pastor Don Mackenzie, Ph.D., former Minister and Head of Staff at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington.  Sheikh Jamal Rahman, M.A., Muslim Sufi Minister at Interfaith Community Church
2011 “Poetry as the Voice of the Divine in the Gospels and Gnostic Scriptures” Dr. Barnstone is one of America’s most prolific and highly regarded translators and poets. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, and a distinguished Professor Emeritus at Indiana University.
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“Faith Organizations Working for the Common Good”  Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews works with People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO), and is the Director of Clergy Organizing and Lead Organizer for the Prophetic Voices Initiative.
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“Mend the Gap: Heal the Divides” Sister Simone Campbell is Executive Director of NETWORK in Washington DC and organizer of Nuns on the Bus Campaign. She is a religious leader and an attorney with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.