PCL's mission is to foster spiritual depth and genuine catholicity among Christians in the Valley. We do so by curating rich theological resources, instilling a culture of learning, and organizing special events. Online materials are available for independent study, but you are welcome to attend an upcoming discussion or lecture!

History of the Lyceum

In ancient Greece and Rome, students gathered in public halls called lyceums (Λύκειον) to hear, discuss, and debate the meaning of life and practice of wisdom. Christians later used such educational venues to promote and expound the Faith

Alongside regular preaching, the lyceum's advantage was to demonstrate Christianity as a coherent, compelling system of belief and ethics at a level more suited to rigorous engagement and challenge. Systematic teaching and discussion of this order was vital in the conversion of many pagans and Jews.

For example, Acts 19:9 describes the Apostles Paul's two-year lecture series in the school (σχολῇ) of Tyrannus. The early church historian, Eusebius, records that Mark founded a catechetical school, the Didascalia, in the city of Alexandria, the intellectual capital of the West in his day. This center of learning came to prominence under Clement, and proved instrumental in refuting pagan philosophers like Celsus, as well as the heretical Arians. More positively, it became a fruitful garden of biblical research.

Today, PCL is reviving this model in the Valley to promote Christian outreach, study, and fellowship.

Orthodoxy (Right doctrine)

Composed of members from different churches, PCL's leadership confesses substantial agreement on core doctrines relating to God, Scripture, and salvation (read our Doctrinal Statement here). We acknowledge diversity in Protestant sacramentology, such that historically Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran, and Baptist brethren can acknowledge one another as believers, yet without forfeiting our individual convictions or desire to obtain unity in the Faith.

Students and guests do not have to share PCL's views in order to study with us, provided you come in a spirit of learning and do not use PCL as a forum to disseminate gross error.

Orthopraxy (right practice)

As image-bearers of our most holy God, PCL is committed to godliness. Our leaders belong to churches which practice biblical discipline. Moreover, they are chosen not only for their theological interest or abilities, but for their elder-like character and spirit of irenic orthodoxy (1 Tim 3:1-13; Tit 1:5-9). 

Participants are likewise expected to exercise judgment and charity in how they interact with others. Persons who repeatedly interrupt, are maliciously pejorative or reductionist, or who evidence a schismatic attitude, will be warned twice and then asked not to attend until they repent (Tit 3:9-11).

Sections & Features

about (mission, history, Committment, core beliefs)
Events (lectures, Forums
forum guide (attending, hosting)
structure (Dean, admin, Lecturers, Members, guests)
past Speakers

  • Articles (Why & How to Study Well, etc.)

  • Audio

  • Guided Learning (Level-appropriate Resources)

  • church finder

  • confessional documents

Membership (Lycians)

  • must belong to a true church

  • Must subscribe to the lycian Confession

  • Must affirm the lycian Code

  • Thereby, become eligible to select and present forum readings or talks

Structure of Forums

  • When
    • Once a month, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Opening Prayer
  • Vote for Moderator (role: keeps on time and track)
    • Only members can vote and serve as moderators.
      • Must be seconded.
      • Simple majority.
  • Presentation Period
    • Guest Lectures
      • Special Guests chosen by Dean & Counsel.
      • 15 min-1.5 hours
    • Extended Presentations
      • 15-45 min. readings or presentations; only one per event.
      • Content must be approved in advance by Dean & Counsel.
      • Must have presented at least five brief presentations and receive majority vote to Lecturer status.
    • Brief Presentations
      • Not approved in advance.
      • 5-15 min. readings or presentations (up to three a night).
      • Readings can be from Scripture or an author besides oneself.
  • Forum
    • Ordained ministers are given first opportunity to speak.
    • Members are given second right to speak, then guests.
    • Discussion lasts up to 25 min.
      • If there is little discussion, Moderator can call a vote to move to the next subject.
      • At 25 min., members can call for a vote by simple majority to extend time by 15 min.
    • Only the moderator can call a suspension of discussion.
    • If more than twenty people are present, forum divides into groups of no more than fifteen.
  • Closing Prayer
  • Open Fellowship