Free one-hour programs
at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.
Mark your calendars now and share these dates and topics with others.
The Spring 2015 schedule
Thursday, Feb. 12- Michael Gulker (Colossians Forum) Conflict as Opportunity?
Christians today face a multitude of divisive issues: liberal vs. conservative politics, questions of sexuality, or issues of biblical authority. We often avoid fighting to embrace tolerance of all views or employ the ways of contempt and culture war.
What if rather than fearing these conflicts we welcomed them as Christ-given opportunities to deepen faith, expand knowledge and build community? Is such a thing possible?
Thursday, Feb. 26- David Crump (Calvin Religion Dept.) Oppression in the Promised Land
The Palestinian people of the West Bank have lived under an oppressive, often times brutal, Israeli military occupation since 1967. Learn about the day-to-day hardships experienced by the average Palestinian man, woman and child simply trying to make their way in a life with very little to hope for. Prof. Crump, of the Calvin Religion Department, will share some of his photographs and experiences of living in one of the Palestinian refugee camps near Bethlehem.
Thursday, March 12- James Bratt (Calvin History Dept.) Abraham Kuyper: Passion and Politics
Abraham Kuyper is well known in Reformed Dutch communities for his ideas, activism, and political success. Less is known about the challenging context that Kuyper lived in and his strong, turbulent personality. This lecture will explore these facets of a man who was a creative genius, and whose example gives inspiring, and cautionary, lessons for us today.
Thursday, March 28- David Rahinsky (Grand Rapids Police Dept.)
Our Community, Our Commitment – Advancing the Vision
Chief Dave Rahinsky will discuss what he believes is the department’s role in the community and steps to make Grand Rapids the safest city in the country for its size.
Thursday, April 9- Hank Ottens (retired surgeon) The Garden as Artist Studio
A master gardener-artist shows and tells how God’s creative beauty in nature and human art can combine into the making of a unique garden with a distinct personality and as a place of peace and pleasure.
Thursday, April 23 - Grand Rapids Christian Gospel Choir with Nate Glasper (Assistant Conductor of Calvin College Gospel Choir)
Featuring the Grand Rapids Christian High School Gospel Choir, an inspirational ensemble of diverse individuals from various backgrounds, races, denominations, and creeds that within a worshipful environment seeks to glorify God through song.
Past Noontime Series
Tuesday, November 11 The Early Music Concert
Thursday, October 30 Calvin Stories in the History of Holland, Michigan by Bob Swierenga
Thursday, October 2, Biomedical Research and Science Education at Van Andel Institute with Steve Triezenberg
Thursday, September 18 Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History , by Dianne Stampfler
Thursday, September 4, 20140 Fatal Crossing presented by Valerie van Heest.
Thursday, April 3, 2014-Why the Church Needs to Talk About Evolution presented by Deborah Haarsma. We have been able to re-tape the lecture and provide the full length of the presentation.
Thursday, March 20, 2014- From Sea to Sea on a Bike:Why? presented by Carol Rienstra
Thursday, March 6, 2014- Christian Book Publishing in a Post-Literate, Digital Age presented by Dwight Baker
February 20,2014-Trapped By Endemic War: Syrian Refugees in Jordan presented by Bert De Vries
February 6, 2014- God at Work in Prison: From Angola to Ionia presented by John Rottman:
November 14, 2013-"Hymns that Time Forgot" presented by Greg Scheer
October 31, 2013-Michigan's Shameful Treatment of Prisoners presented by Doug Tjapkes
October 17, 2013 -Father Henri J.M. Nouwen: Friend, Guide, and Mentor presented by
Rabbi Albert Lewis
October 3, 2013-A Ram in the Thicket presented by Catherine Frerichs
September 19, 2013 -Cracks in the Wall presented by Marlin & Sally Vis
September 5, 2013-Learning from the Oppressed presented by Nicholas Wolterstorff