Faith. Perseverance. Triumph.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scotsman Eric Liddell’s historic win at the 1924 Olympics, the World Leaders Forum reflected on Liddell’s life and legacy, which inspired the film “Chariots of Fire.” The World Leaders Forum welcomed Sir James MacMillan and The Lord Smith of Kelvin, KT CH for the official North American celebration of Liddell’s record-setting win. Liddell was an athlete, Christian missionary, and devoted husband and father whose remarkable life has inspired generations. Thank you to those who joined us on March 21, 2023, for a dialogue facilitated by the Chicago Scots – an organization formed to promote Scottish culture throughout Chicagoland.

March 21, 2023

Herrick Chapel, Judson University
Elgin, IL

The World Leaders Forum speakers celebrated the legacy of Olympian and Christian Missionary Eric Liddell whose feats at the 1924 Paris Olympics inspired the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire. Tonight’s discussion, facilitated by the Chicago Scots’ President Gus Noble, was the official North American celebration of the 100th anniversary of this moment. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support The Eric Liddell Community, an Edinburgh care charity and community hub. Read the full story.

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Judson University

Located in Elgin, Illinois, since 1963, Judson University offers a Christian, liberal arts and sciences education through its Bachelor of Arts degrees for more than 60 majors, minors, graduate programs, and online, as well as certification and accelerated adult degree programs. For more information, visit

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Eric Liddell Community 100 Logo

The Eric Liddell Community

The Eric Liddell Community is an Edinburgh care charity and community hub founded in 1980, in memory of the inspirational Olympic gold medalist, Eric Liddell, whose win in the 1924 Paris Olympics was the subject of the film “Chariots of Fire.” The Mission of The Eric Liddell Community is to bring people together in their local communities to enhance health and wellbeing and have a positive impact on their lives. For more information, visit

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Dennis and JoAnn Demoss


Chicago Scots
Kids Play
West Dundee
Quintessential Barrington
Elgin Symphony Orchestra

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Shales McNutt

Ralph and Carol Sesso

Rex and Connie Rogers

Fran Street

Joe and Mary Slawek

Joan Didier

Matt Gerken

Past Speakers

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

43rd President of
the United States

Mikhail Gorbachev

Former President of
the Soviet Union

Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Former British
Prime Minister

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Former United States
Secretary of State

Felipe Calderon

Felipe Calderón

56th President
of Mexico

Queen Noor

Queen Noor

Queen Noor Al-Hussein
of Jordan

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker
of the House

Howard Dean

Howard Dean

Former Vermont

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy

Former U.S. Ambassador
to Japan

Gen. David Petraeus

david petraeus

Retired U.S. General

Sir James MacMillan

Sir James MacMillan

Composer and Conductor

The Lord Smith of Kelvin KT CH


Chair and Member of the House of Lords

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