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Noontime Series


Nootime Series LogoFree one-hour programs held at 12-1 PM in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Note the change in location.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.

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Fall 2015 Schedule



October 6,    Notes at Noon

Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Associate Professor of Cello at Grand Valley State University. Mr. Mahave-Veglia is a cellist and teacher of broad interests whose repertoire ranges from the early baroque, performed on period instruments, to his ongoing interest in researching, performing and recording the work of contemporary Latin-American composers. 

October 22,     Jonathan Bradford       Home is Where One Starts From

The retiring director of ICCF, as he concludes his nearly 35-year career serving the housing needs of Grand Rapids families, will share what he has learned about providing housing opportunity that both empowers family success and community transformation. 
*From the poem “East Coker” by T.S. Eliot

November 5,    George Heartwell

The term-limited Mayor of Grand Rapids, nearing completion of his twelve years of service as Mayor, will discuss the high points, the low points and a few points in between.  Included in the presentation will be his perspective on public service, the intersection of faith and politics, and the transformation of a major American city.

November 12,  Valerie van Heest

Author and underwater explorer Valerie van Heest commemorates the 75th anniversary of the tragic Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940 in which five ships and 67 sailors were lost. She and the dive team from Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates examine the wrecks of the Novadoc, Davock, and Anna Minch, all lost off Pentwater within a few miles of each other, and provide insight into what caused these massive freighters to sink when others survived the storm.




Past Noontime Series

Thursday, September 24,  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

Thursday, Feb. 12- Colossians Forum- Conflict as Opportunity? by Michael Gulker

Tuesday, November 11     The Early Music Concert

Thursday, October 30    Calvin Stories in the History of Holland, Michigan by Bob Swierenga

Thursday, October 16, China: Media Revolution, Ministry Opportunities by Kurt Selles

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