The Charles Franklin Finch Lecture series at HPU dates back to 1960, and it is a yearly endowed lectureship. The purpose of the Charles Franklin Finch lecture is “to foster dialogue and to deepen understanding regarding issues of importance to communities of faith.”

2022 Lecture: View Recording Here

Charles Franklin Finch Lecture Flyer March 2022

Guests from off-campus are welcome. If you are coming from off-campus, please RSVP to Katja Brown (

In the last several years, HPU has welcomed the following distinguished Charles Franklin Finch Lecturers:

2021: J. Warren Smith

2020: Stephanie Paulsell

2019: Alice Hunt

2018: Renita Weems

2017: Charles Marsh

2016: Rebecca Todd Peters

2015: Serene Jones

2014: Charles Mathewes

2013: Ellen Charry

2012: Stanley Hauerwas

2011: Luke Johnson

2010: Miroslav Volf

2009: Michael Coogan

2008: Lamin Sanneh

2007: Peter Gomes

2006: William Willimon