Welcome to the Centennial Institute

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, established in 2009, works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family, and freedom.

As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options, and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff, and outside experts. The University’s Strategic Priorities guide the Centennial Institute and all sponsored activities.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party for public office.

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson at the 2021 Western Conservative Summit

Centennial Institute sponsors research, events, and publications to enhance public understanding of the most important issues facing our state and nation. By proclaiming Truth, we aim to foster faith, family, and freedom, teach citizenship, and renew the spirit of 1776.
Learn more about our issues and publications.

Our Team

Dr. Tom Copeland, Centennial Institute’s Director of Research, is currently overseeing internal operations while we conduct a nationwide search for a new executive director. Dr. Donald Sweeting, Chancellor of Colorado Christian University, serves as the Institute’s Chairman. Learn more about the Centennial Institute’s Staff and Fellows.

Our Vision

Centennial Institute’s work is guided by the Strategic Priorities of Colorado Christian University, among which are:

  • To be seekers of truth and to debunk ‘spent ideas’ and those who traffic in them.
  • To impact our culture in support of traditional family values, sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, Biblical view of human nature, limited government, personal freedom, free markets, natural law, original intent of the Constitution and Western civilization.
  • To be a magnet for outstanding students and prepare them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, and professions by offering an excellent education in strategic disciplines.

Our Role

  • We analyze public policy and seek to influence legislation to promote a thriving society that values faith, family, and freedom. We advocate civic engagement on the most pressing issues facing our state and nation.
  • We encourage competitive politics and constitutional debate, but we are not in the business of advocating for or against any political party.
  • We mentor students to become the next generation of Christian leaders in all areas of society.
  • We serve the God of the Bible, but are not exclusive in our outreach to Americans of all beliefs and viewpoints.

Join us in our work to promote Faith, Family, and Freedom!

We are regularly publishing new content. Join our email list to receive updates on the latest Centennial Review, white papers, podcasts, and events. 

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The Centennial Institute operates because of the partnership and generosity of our supporters. 

With your help, we can provide research, publications, and events to speak into the thought-life of our nation and train up the next generation of statesmen and stateswomen. 

About Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Founded in 1914, CCU is the flagship Christian university in the Rocky Mountain region. A leader in higher education, the University is consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

CCU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for traditional and adult students through its College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online. CCU is an NCAA Division II university in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Visit the CCU Home Page.

Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.