About Us

The PruynesThe Jim and Gwen Pruyne Lectureship in Progressive Christianity was founded by New Covenant Community in 2010 to honor the Pruynes’ more than half a century of campus ministry and advocacy of progressive theology. More than $50,000 was raised to support the Lectureship, thanks to generous donations from members of New Covenant Community, the congregation founded by Jim in 1992, as well as from friends of the Pruynes from around the world. At a time when fundamentalist theology dominates the media and the public square, we intend to offer an alternative vision of Christianity: inclusive, compassionate, and open to contemporary scholarship. Lectureship events offered so far include Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers in October, 2010, the Interfaith Amigos in April, 2012, Sister Simone Campbell in November, 2013, Ruben Dupertuis and Stephen Patterson (Jesus Seminar on the Road) in April 2015, Brian McLaren in April 2016, and Arthur Dewey and Celene Lillie in September 2018.


If you would like to donate to the Pruyne Lectureship so we can continue to bring progressive theologians to our community, you can mail a check to New Covenant Community, 210 W. Mulberry St, Normal, IL 61761 with “Pruyne Lectureship” in the memo line. Your gifts are tax deductible so make sure to include your address so we can send an acknowledgment.