Category Archives: Ambrose House

Events at Ambrose House

Medieval Disputation

You’re invited to attend a

Medieval Disputation


Disputatio Quaesito

on the

Foundations of Moral Philosophy

Saturday, May 13, 9:30-1:00 p.m.

736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001

Celebrating Medieval Congress week in Kalamazoo, the Newman scholars of Ambrose House invite you to a disputatio quaesito on the foundations of moral philosophy and a response to the question of what philosophy identifies as the first principle of moral action and whether this principle is derived from teleology.

Scholares collegium inquisitores

·       Dr. Ronald Muller, CNLAP founding Provost/President

(Ph.D. University of Dallas 1985)

·       Dr. Lloyd Newton, Scholar Associate

(Ph.D. University of Dallas, 1998)

Quaestio:  Is the first principle of moral action to be found in human teleology or in something else?

Following medieval protocols, the disputation will involve precise clarification of the issue, definitions of relevant terms, the teachings of the authorities, and the rational evidences supporting specifically philosophic conclusions.

The faculty discussants, point and counter-point on the argument, are each allotted time for afirmatio, respondeo, andsummatio.  After a break for lunch, the convocation of scholars will affirm the dictum ad quaestio.

Schedule, Saturday May 13, 2007

 9:30 a.m.        Convocation

10:00-11:00    First session

11:00-11:15    break

11:15-12:15    Second session

12:15—1:00    lunch, Conclusion

Teaching Morality January 14th Symposium

January 14, 2017.  Saturday morning symposium.  9:30am-1pm

Teaching Morality to Children

Fellow: Mr. Bobby Kinkela M.A. Theology

  • The obligation and duty of parents to teach right and wrong to children
  • The foundations of morality in natural law and religion, natural and supernatural morality
  • Teaching by example
  • Effective and ineffective means of teaching
  • The importance of Virtue and the Good life
  • Universal/Absolute truth


For more info, check here

Understanding the Crusades

Dr. Brian Bradford

Saturday, August 13, 9:30-1:00 p.m.

Ambrose House of Studies

736 East Cork Street, Kalamazoo, Mi 49001


The Newman Community is pleased to sponsor a Saturday lecture and seminar by Dr. Brian Bradford on the history and significance of the Crusades.




The rise, expansion, and reaction to Islam

The doctrine and practice of jihad in the Islamic conquests

Hadith texts on jihad

Historical events in medieval Europe

The call of the First Crusade 1095

The path of the Crusade, its battles, and

the taking of Jerusalem in 1099

The first Crusade in Islamic literature

Islam and contemporary jihad


A PDF file of passages from the Koran, speeches of Urban II, maps, and other historical documents is available for Download




9:30-meet and greet

10:00-11:00First session


11:15-12:15Second session



The Seminar


The seminar is intended for students and scholars with backgrounds in the diverse traditions of learning, including the liberal arts, the humanities, theology, law, medicine, philosophy, and science.


Registration fee: $25.00— includes  refreshments, lunch, and photo-copy materials.


To register for the seminar -> Click here


For more information:

please contact:dr_brian_bradford@outlook