Free one-hour programs
at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Learning from the Oppressed presented by Nicholas Wolterstorff
Most of us are not aware of coming across seriously oppressed people in our daily lives. When we do come across them, and don't just ignore them, we ask what we can do for them. Professor Wolterstorff
will consider, instead, what we who are Christians can learn from the oppressed, and how what we learn should shape our lives.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Cracks in the Wall presented by Marlin & Sally Vis
“We keep knocking our heads against this wall of hatred until we put little cracks in it.” This from Rami Elhanan, a Jewish Israeli who lost his 14-year-old daughter to two suicide bombers on the eve of Yom Kippur. Rev.Vis, former RCA representative in Jerusalem and current tour leader to the Holy Land, will
give us flesh and blood reasons to hope for a day when Israelis and Palestinians live in peace.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A Ram in the Thicket presented by Catherine Frerichs
Catherine grew up as a missionary kid and went to boarding schools in Papua New Guinea and Australia. Her parents believed they were honoring God with their service while still meeting their children’s needs. For many years Catherine saw only how she and her siblings were sacrificed. But teaching at a university there during 2011-12 enabled her to experience the country and its people on her own terms, bringing the grace of a “ram in the thicket.”
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Father Henri J.M. Nouwen: Friend, Guide, and Mentor presented by
Rabbi Albert Lewis
Rabbi and Dr. Shirley K. Lewis lived with and studied under Father Henri Nouwen during their sabbatical semesters. Nouwen was the most influential and significant adult male in Rabbi Lewis's middle age. Nouwen's sense of "brokeness" and God's unconditional acceptance spoke directly to the souls and hearts of Albert and Shirley Lewis.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Michigan's Shameful Treatment of Prisoners presented by Doug Tjapkes
The president of HfP (Humanity for Prisoners) has stories to tell of his long fight for appropriate medical care, proper treatment of the mentally ill, compassionate care for dying inmates, and authoritative advice for those claiming wrongful conviction.
Doug Tjapkes (pronounced CHAP-kes) has never served time behind bars himself, but the retired broadcast journalist nevertheless has ample first-hand experience with prison life and the fate of our nation’s incarcerated. His organization, Humanity for Prisoners (formerly named Innocent), has allowed Tjapkes to draw near to many inmates to better understand the criminal justice system and its impact on society and the individuals it incarcerates. Out of those experiences Tjapkes authored Sweet Freedom, a narrative detailing his friendship with Maurice Carter, a man convicted of a crime of which he was years later acquitted. Sadly, Carter died only a few months after his release from prison, after unjustly serving two decades in the penitentary. Humanity for Prisoners (HfP)aims to advocate for prisoners who might have been wrongly convicted; the agency also pursues more compassionate and restorative policy as well as more dignified and humane services and conditions within the prison setting.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
"Hymns that Time Forgot" presented by Greg Scheer
We are often led to believe that new congregational songs are all chaff and old hymns were all wheat. This hymn sing will cure our selective memory! Dipping into hymnals of days gone by, we find anthems of temperance, tunes to learn to tell time, ballads of death, songs of new technology (the phone), and hymns that are...lost in translation. Greg Scheer will lead us through hymns that time forgot.
Greg Scheer is Minister of Worship at Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids and Music Associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His writings include The Art of Worship: A Musician’s Guide to Leading Modern Worship (Baker Books, 2006) and contributions toThe Hymn, Call to Worship, Worship Leader, and the forthcoming New Songs of Celebration Render (GIA, ed C. Michael Hawn).
Thursday, January 31
"All Eyes Open: Understanding Sexual Exploitation in West Michigan"
presented by Andy Soper
Watch this Noontime lecture:http://new.livestream.com/calvin-college/events/1828882/videos/10540327
Use these links below to learn more and to act:
Safe Harbor: http://www.change.org/petitions/state-lawmakers-kids-not-criminals-pass-safe-harbor-laws
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.The Manasseh Project at Wedgwood Christian Services has developed community awareness, education, prevention and advocacy programming to end sex slavery in West Michigan. Join us to learn the realities of this crime, hear stories of survivors, and learn how to battle modern-day slavery.
Learn more about Manasseh at: http://www.manassehproject.org/
Read more about Andy and his incredible passion to help these young victims: http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/01/young_fathers_concern_for_abus.html
Thursday, February 14
"I'm Dying to Talk to you, Dave" presented by Dave Kampfschulte
Watch this Noontime lecture: http://new.livestream.com/calvin-college/events/1828887
Join us for this thoughtful and provocative session as Dave relates his experiences of interacting with patients and families at the end of life. His stories range from unusual to the emotional and will leave you with new insights about a subject that is often avoided.
Dave Kampfschulte has over 30 years experience as an educator, facilitator, author and speaker. Dave
is the founder and owner of Amazing Circles Workshops. Through this work he developed and taught the popular elective, “Experiences in Living” which became the basis for his book, Amazing Circles. Dave received the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. In addition
to his education career, Dave is a Hospice caregiver volunteer and has been for 25 years. He has also worked as a crisis hotline counselor, a wilderness canoe guide, basketball coach, and a stay at home dad. Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Masters in Education from Grand Valley State University. Learn more at: http://www.amazingcircles.net/
Thursday, February 28
"Health Care: A Perspective from the Trenches" presented by David Van Dyke
Watch this Noontime lecture: http://new.livestream.com/calvin-college/events/1828902
The United States has a health care "system" in need of change. Change will be a challenge for physicians and health care consumers. There are no pain-free solutions. David Van Dyke will share his presentation from the perspective of a physician who has practiced privately and taught full-time in medical schools.
Wednesday, March 13 (please note this is a Wednesday)
"Dutch Hunger in WWII: Effects of Prenatal Under-nutrition in Adulthood" presented by Julie Yonker
The Dutch Famine in the winter of 1944-45 took many lives then, but, tragically, increased mortality rates continue to this day. Julie Yonker will focus on how maternal under-nutrition during pregnancy has had long-term consequences on physical, mental and cognitive health. Julie is an assistant professor of psychology at Calvin College where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Lifespan Development, Adolescent & Adult Development and leads the off-campus interim, The European Influence on the History.
**Please note that this Noontime will be held on Wednesday and will be in the Chapel Undercroft (lower level of the Calvin Chapel).
Read more about Julie's research on cognitive aging and the Dutch Famine.
Thursday, March 28
"Do I Know You?: The Problem of Face Blindness"
presented by Heather Sellers
Heather Sellers’ award-winning memoir, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, has been featured by O, the Oprah Magazine, where it was a book of the month pick, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, NPR, The New York Times, Dick Gordon’s The Story, Good Housekeeping, More, Elle, and many others.
Heather Sellers was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Her PhD in English/Creative Writing is from Florida State University. She’s a professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Awarded an NEA Fellowship for fiction, she published a short story collection, Georgia Under Water, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She’s published a children’s book, Spike and Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure, three volumes of poetry, and three books on the craft of writing.
Learn more about Heather Sellers:http://www.hope.edu/2011/05/08/heather-sellers-presented-hope-award
Read a touching and inspiring excerpt from Heather's book: http://heathersellers.com/site/pdf/ghHeather_Sellers.pdf
Watch an interview of Heather on ABC's Good Morning American: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/video/heather-sellers-battle-face-blindness-11906989?tab=9482930§ion=1206852&playlist=11128107&page=1
Thursday, April 11
Calvin College Women's Chorale
The Calvin Women's Chorale is an honor choir, open by audition to female students from every class and discipline. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, the Calvin Women's Chorale has already performed at festivals throughout Michigan. The Women's Chorale sings at the annual Calvin Music Festival, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, and presents a full concert each spring. In 2011 the Calvin Women's Chorale released its second recording, Celebremus. In 2012, the choir spent twelve days in May on an interim tour to South Africa.
Learn more: http://www.calvin.edu/music/ensembles/womens-chorale/
Past NOONTIME Lectures
Thursday, September 6
“Evolution, Human Origins,Scripture and Reformed Confessions”
presented by James K.A. Smith & Loren Haarsma
Use link to watch this lecture:http://new.livestream.com/ calvin-college/call-09062012/videos/3842605Loren Haarsma of the Calvin Physics department and Jamie Smith, of the Calvin Philosophy department, will report on the state of the conversation about Reformed perspectives on human origins, exploring issues at the intersection of evolution and the Reformed confessions.
Thursday, October 18
“Other Sheep . . .Not of this Fold: The Anneshia Freeman Story” presented by Anneshia FreemanUse link to watch this lecture: http://new.livestream.com/ calvin-college/call-20121018/videos/4993674Anneshia Freeman will tell her story of childhood abuse which led to a life on the streets using drugs for over 15 years. Ms. Freeman will frame her story using the Word of God to demonstrate that God has people He wants to use who are caught in Satan’s web of lies and need deliverance. Anneshia’s story is one of hope, inspiration, and challenge. Her story challenges many to redefine their views about whom
God calls and whom He delivers and uses for His Kingdom. Anneshia Freeman is the creator and Director of a copyrighted, trademarked, cognitive restructuring and resocialization program entitled The Lies That Bind – The Legacy of the Locks®. The program is based on the work of several experts in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.
Visit these sites to learn more about Anneshia and her story:
Thursday, November 1
“Make Heaven a Noisier Place: Embracing Persons with Disabilities” presented by Barbara Newman
Use link to watch this lecture:http://new.livestream.com/calvin-college/call-20121101/videos/5615612Barbara Newman will present both information and inspiration as we think about preparing families and church families to be those kinds of communities where each person is welcome and appreciated. She will give practical ideas you can use tomorrow with persons with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory differences, and learning, behavioral, and emotional differences. Barbara is a church and school consultant for CLC Network, a teacher at Zeeland Christian Schools, and the author of several books including Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, Autism and Your Church, and Body Building: Devotions to Celebrate Inclusive Community.
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*Sign language interpretation is available with 48-hour notice. Please call 616-526-6142 for reservations.