Free one-hour programs
at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel. Note the change in location.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.
Mark your calendars now and share these dates and topics with others.
Returning to the Calvin Chapel
(See the taped video sessions from prior lectures at the bottom of this page.)
Powerful, experienced, and passionate are just a few words to describe the speakers in this fall’s lecture series. Hear their inspirational words and feel their passion as they describe their work and experiences in these thought-provoking lectures:
These free lectures are scheduled at noon on Thursdays and have moved back to the Calvin Chapel. Parking is best in parking lots 1 and 2 off the Burton Street Entrance.
February 9 | Ana Jose | Who are the Refugees in our Midst and What are their Needs?
Each year, thousands of people arrive in the United States as refugees or immigrants, including children as unaccompanied minors. Their stories are often heartbreaking; this presentation will include a refugee telling his own story.
In partnership with local churches and community agencies, Bethany Christian Services welcomes refugees and immigrant families and helps them adjust to a new life in the United States with the help of many.
February 23 | Pamela Alderman | Healing in Art: A Pathway to Flourishing
Art has the unique potential to touch deep places within the human spirit. ArtPrize artist Pamela Alderman seeks just that: “to enter into the hearts of the wounded” through unique and compelling interactive art that move people to identify their struggles and release their hurts.
Alderman’s presentation will include highlights from her eight-year ArtPrize journey and a short video filmed in Phoenix during the 2015 Super Bowl at her sex trafficking art installation. Alderman’s art invites transformation and hope.
March 9 | Randy Bytwerk | Making Sense of News in an Age of Propaganda
“10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Media: #7 Will Shock You!” (Isabel Williams)
What are the characteristics of propaganda in today’s world? What role did propaganda play in the recent election?
How can we discern the difference between fake news and authentic news?
What can we, as citizens, do to build some resistance against the flood of confusing and contradictory messages we receive?
And how do we witness for “the truth?”
March 23 | Henry Baron | Growing Up in WWII: memories and reflections that don’t fade
Childhood innocence shatters, evil takes on a human face, fear often penetrates as a knifepoint to the heart, and faith’s questions surface permanently when war invades.
Reflections and stories that tell what is remembered and will not let go after some 75 years.
April 6 | Steve Timmermans & Peter Borgdorff | A Season of Challenges: Facing the Times In and Beyond the CRC
Two Christian Reformed Church leaders, Steven Timmermans, Executive Director, and Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director Emeritus, address challenges within the CRC and contextualize these challenges in regional, national, and global ways. While the subject addresses matters internal to the Christian Reformed Church in North America, all--regardless of denominational home--will profit from understanding the contexts in which denominations such as the CRC address contemporary challenges and face the future with hope and humility.
April 20 | Micah Watson | Is there Life after Trump? The First 100 Days
Three months after taking office, has Trump given us more of a sense of what an actual Trump presidency will look like? How does what has transpired match what was said during the campaign, and what does this mean looking forward? Join us as we consider the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first three months of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Past Noontime Series
November 10 Muaz Redzic Religion: Burden or Blessing
October 27 Neil Carlson A Transformative Reading of James
October 13 Todd Huizinga, Becca McBride, Joel Westra The 2016 Election
September 29 Buck Matthews The Book in Each of Us
September 15 William Katerberg American Scripture? The U.S. Constitution and American Political Culture
March 10 Ken Piers, Justice for the Earth: A Way Forward
Mar. 3 Sandra Warren, South High School and the B-17 Bomber
February 18, Teresa Weatherall Neal, The GRPS Transformation Success Story
February 4, Bill Vriesema, Renewed by Creation
November 12, 2015 Valerie van Heest, Armistice Day Blizzard
November 5, 2015 George Heartwell, Days as Grand Rapids Mayor
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Jonathan Bradford, Home is Where We Start From
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Herman Keizer, Moral Injury after War
Thursday, September 10, Michigan's Prison System, by Daniel Heyns (fast forward 15 minutes to the actual lecture)
Thursday, April 23 - Grand Rapids Christian Gospel Choir with Nate Glasper (Assistant Conductor of Calvin College Gospel Choir)
Thursday, April 9, The Garden as Artist Studio by Hank Ottens
Thursday, March 28- David Rahinsky (Grand Rapids Police Dept.) Our Community, Our Commitment – Advancing the Vision
Thursday, March 12- James Bratt (Calvin History Dept.) Abraham Kuyper: Passion and Politics
Thursday, Feb. 26-Oppression in the Promised Landby David Crump
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