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What is the Wilberforce Weekend?

The Wilberforce Weekend is an annual gathering to equip Christians in Christian worldview and cultural renewal. As the flagship event of the Colson Center, the weekend features world-class speakers, networking of Christian leaders, a reunion of Colson Center constituents and the inspirational recognition of a Christian leader with the Wilberforce Award.

Next year’s event, May 19-21, 2017, at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort in  Maryland, will call Christians from the cultural despair prevalent in light of the recent Supreme Court decision and other perceived losses. Like each generation of Christians before us, we must embrace our calling to live out redemption in our cultural moment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A limited number of exhibit spaces are available to ministries and organizations that are aligned with the conference theme and purpose. To learn more contact jrogers@colsoncenter.org.

Send a message to Wilberforceaward@colsoncenter.org and ask for information on the nomination process.

We’re pleased that this year’s Wilberforce Weekend will be at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center. This property, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, is steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district and only 8 miles south of the nation’s capital. The facility also has a spa, indoor pool and whirlpool, state-of-the-art fitness center and a number of unique restaurants and shops.

Phone Number: 301-965-4000

Address: 201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745

To get a special Wilberforce Weekend rate, click here

The conference fee is $375. Colson Fellows please contact your program administrator for a special Fellows discount code.

The conference fee includes entry to all conference sessions, including the William Wilberforce Award dinner, all refreshment breaks, a welcome reception, a continental breakfast, conference materials, and more. It is also used to offset the costs of speaker fees and expenses, audio-visual equipment and room rental and other costs incurred in producing the event.

(This conference fee is comparable to or lower than fees for other events of similar caliber.)

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, Maryland 20745

The Gaylord is a spectacular waterfront resort, with a stunning 19-story glass atrium and sweeping views of the Potomac River, is steps from National Harbor’s premier entertainment and shopping district and only 8 miles south of the nation’s capital.

The Wilberforce Weekend is an annual gathering to equip Christians in Christian worldview and cultural renewal. As the flagship event of the Colson Center, the weekend features world-class speakers, networking of Christian leaders, a reunion of Colson Center constituents and the inspirational recognition of a Christian leader with the Wilberforce Award.

This year we will explore the theme of Restoring All Things: Engaging Culture over the Backyard Fence and BBQ Grill and learn how to Promote Good, Resist Evil, and Restore Brokenness

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From Theology to Practical Application

Like each generation of Christians before us, we realize that the seriousness of this cultural moment does not change the person, work, and rule of Christ Jesus, who is risen from the dead.

The 2016 Wilberforce Weekend will take Christians from a theology of culture to an application of that theology. Along the way, we will highlight the work of thought leaders and practitioners of restoration in our culture. Following the Gospel story, we’ll challenge believers to champion the good, resist evil, and restore brokenness in our cultural moment.

Join us for this Historic Conference


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44180 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176

Phone: Contact us at 616-450-5117

Email: jrogers@colsoncenter.org



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Through the proclamation of Truth, leadership training, and collaboration with like-minded organizations, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview seeks to build and resource a movement of Christians committed to living and defending the Christian worldview.

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