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Living coram Deo—in the sight of God—implies the unique obligation to make the world a better place, especially if you are in a position where you can bring about changes.  However, without an appropriate framework for understanding the proper order of society, it is difficult to find effective solutions to today’s social and cultural challenges.

The Reformers, animated by the conviction that those closest to the source of a social problem are best positioned to find the solution, appealed to local authorities and to influential individuals to take active responsibility in changing and improving education, social and political stability, and economic well-being. This is such an effective approach to solving social problems that Christians beyond the Reformation traditions, including Catholic and Orthodox believers, have embraced it.

This week-long conference will train participants to:

  • understand the principle of subsidiarity,
  • apply it to their professional lives,
  • inspire them to responsible and effective social action

Bologna, home to the oldest university in Europe and the world´s best food, is the perfect place to convene. 

Travel assistance or scholarships are not provided for this conference. Participants are responsible for their own transportation costs. Lodging, meals, and excursions are sponsored by the Coram Deo Program.

This event is cosponsored by the Acton Institute and the Coram Deo Program

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Rev. Robert Sirico
Acton Institute

President and Co-founder

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His writings on religious, political, economic, and social matters are published in a variety of journals, including: the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForbes, the London Financial Times, the Washington Times, the Detroit News, and National Review. Rev. Sirico is often called upon by members of the broadcast media for statements regarding economics, civil rights, and issues of religious concern, and has provided commentary for CNN, ABC, the BBC, NPR, and CBS' 60 Minutes, among others. In his popular book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is the best way to meet society’s material needs. Rev. Sirico holds dual Italian and American citizenship.

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Tandean Rustandy
PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk

Founder and CEO

Tandean Rustandy is the founder and CEO of PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk. Presently, Mr. Rustandy sits on the Global Advisory Board and Council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is a member of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, and also serve as Advisory Board of the University of Indonesia’s Master of Management Program. 

Rustandy has been noted as a recipient of various awards and his thorough approach to entrepreneurship and management excellence has brought PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk to become a leading ceramic tiles manufacturer in Indonesia and one of the world’s top producers, as well as having numerous awards under the company’s name. The company has received various prestigious recognitions from private as well as governmental institutions for its achievements, including ‘Best of the Best’ from Forbes Indonesia in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015; ‘Best Under A Billion’ from Forbes Asia in 2006 and 2014; ‘Best Stock Issuer with Market Capitalization of up to IDR10 Trillion’ at the Indonesian Capital Market Awards 2014 by the Indonesian Stock Exchange; ‘Best Managed Company’ and ‘Most Committed to Paying Good Dividends’ from FinanceAsia in 2014 and 2015; and the Green Industry Award from the Indonesian Government for eight consecutive years from 2011-2018.

He has been invited as a speaker at conferences and instructed classes in various different institutions including, Harvard Kennedy School of Public policy, Yale University School of Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Singapore management University and University of Indonesia.

In 2017, The Social Enterprise Initiative Center of University of Chicago Booth School of Business was renamed the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation in honor of  Rustandy’s commitment in philanthropy, environmental issues and  social justice.

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Karla Boersma

Co-founder and Director of Operations

Karla Boersma is co-founder and Director of Operations of Refo500, the international platform for knowledge, expertise, ideas, products, and events, specializing in the 500 year legacy of the Reformation, and Program Director of the Coram Deo Program. She edited and published several books related to the Reformation.


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Trey Dimsdale, J.D.
Acton Institute

Director of Program Outreach

Trey Dimsdale, J.D. is the director of program outreach at the Acton Institute. He holds degrees in law, theology, and ethics and has worked as an attorney, educator, non-profit administrator, and pastor.  He is the co-editor of Work in Christian Perspective (SCM, 2018) and an editor of a forthcoming volume on Christianity and populism. He has spoken around the world on issues as diverse as housing policy, philosophy of law, and religious freedom.  He served as a clerk for state and federal trial judges as well as a state appellate judge, and is an active member of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, a research fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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Adam MacLeod, J.D.
Faulkner University, Jones School of Law

Associate Professor

Adam J. MacLeod, J.D. is Associate Professor at Faulkner University, Jones School of Law; a Thomas Edison Fellow in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at George Mason University; and a former visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is co-editor of Foundations of Law (Carolina Academic Press 2017) and author of Property and Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press 2015) and dozens of scholarly articles and essays. He holds degrees from Gordon College and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Herman J. Selderhuis, Ph.D.
Theological University Apeldoorn


Herman Selderhuis, Ph.D. (1961) is President of the Theological University Apeldoorn (the Netherlands) and Professor of Church History and Church Polity. He is also Director of Refo500 and Program Director of the Coram Deo Program. Selderhuis has published extensively on the history and theology of the Reformation and is a regular speaker at international conferences.


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Richard Turnbull, Ph.D.
The Centre for Enterprise, Markets, and Ethics


Richard Turnbull, Ph.D. holds a degree in Economics and Accounting and spent over eight years as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. He also served as the youngest ever member of the Press Council. Richard also holds a first class honours degree in Theology and Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Durham. He was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England in 1994. 

Richard served in the pastoral ministry for over 10 years. He has authored several books, is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Gabriela Urbanova, Ph.D.
European Parliament

Policy Advisor

Gabriela Urbanova, Ph.D. serves as a policy advisor at the European Parliament and as head of staff in the office of Slovak MEP Branislav  Škripek, where she is responsible for advising on economic and employment policies. She also serves as a board member of SALLUX, a Christian think tank headquartered in the Netherlands.  A strong advocate for the emerging study of relational economics, Dr. Urbanova holds a PhD. in International Economics and teaches courses in international organizations and European integration at the State University of Slovakia. She also works as a business consultant in Vienna and Bratislava.

Event Details

Start Date

End Date


Aemilia Hotel
Via G. Zaccherini Alvisi, 16
40138 Bologna BO


The event starts with registration at 4:00 PM on Monday. The event ends after lunch at 3:00 PM on Friday.


Application Fee: Free

Registration Fee: $100 USD

Applications are now closed.

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