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Fall 2014

Turning South and East

Eminent Christian scholars share their life-changing encounters with world Christianity.

  • Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Susan Van Zanten
  • Mark Noll

Monday, October 20
3:30-5:00 PM
Chapel Undercroft

Event Sposnors: Nagel Institute for World Christianity, Baker Publishing Group, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarshp


Messiaen’s Visions of Amen

An Exploration of Messiaen’s Faith Expressed Through Music

In 2004, while studying Olivier Messiaen's music, Calvin professor Hyesook Kim, piano, found herself wishing she knew more about the religious perspective of the French composer. Olivier Messiaen had stated the sole purpose of his music was to point people to Christ yet little had been written about the connection between his faith and his music.

Professor Kim with colleagues Steve Schloesser, of Loyola University, and pianist Stéphane Lemelin, of McGill University, received a grant from the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship to explore the subject of Messiaen's faith and music. The fruits of this project culminated in the recent publication of Steve Schloesser's Visions of Amen: the Early Life and Music of Olivier Messiaen. A recording of Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen, performed by Hyesook Kim and Stéphane Lemelin, is included with the book.

This concert is to celebrate the completion of their CCCS project.

TICKETS: Tickets are not required.

Thursday, October 9
7:30 PM


Fall 2013

Abraham Kuyper for the 21st Century

Abraham Kuyper Modern Calvinist Christian DemocratCelebrating a New Biography

Abraham Kuyper was a giant in his time, and has been a major influence on Calvin College. But now what? What questions, challenges, and opportunities does his work raise for us today? How might James Bratt’s biography help us answer these questions?


  • Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • Tracy Kuperus
  • James Bratt

Wednesday, September 18
3:30-5:30 PM
CFAC Recital Hall
Refreshments will be provided

Event sponsors: Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship (CCCS), the History Department, and Eerdmans Publishing Company


Spring 2013

Book Launch for The J. H. Bavinck Reader

J H Bavinck ReaderProfessors James Bratt (History), Diane Obenchain (Religion), and John Bolt (Calvin Seminary) will say a few words about The J. H. Bavinck Reader project, the person, and the importance of this book.

Tuesday, May 7
3:00 PM
Seminary Auditorium
Refreshments will be provided

Copies of the the book will be available for sale at the discounted price of $20 (retail $38).


Winter 2013

Reforming Hollywood @ Schuler Books & Music

William Romanowski, Reforming HollywoodIn Reforming Hollywood, William D. Romanowski, a leading historian of popular culture, explores the long and varied efforts of Protestants to influence the film industry. He shows how a broad spectrum of religious forces have played a role in Hollywood, from Presbyterians and Episcopalians to fundamentalists and evangelicals. Drawing on personal interviews and previously untouched sources, he describes how mainline church leaders lobbied filmmakers to promote the nation's moral health and, perhaps surprisingly, how they have by and large opposed government censorship, preferring instead self-regulation by both the industry and individual conscience. 

Reviewed in The Calvin Spark (Winter 2012)

Introduction by Emily Schaefer, followed by a 30 minute presentation on the book, Q&A, and a signing.

January 10, 2013
7:00 PM
Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 942-2561

Fall 2012


VOCES Calvin CollegeVoces is a performative art installation that addresses the mass femicides of Juárez, Mexico. Embroidered shirts and altars commemorate the murder victims

  • Exhibition
    October 26-December 15
    Center Art Gallery, Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC)
  • Sewing Circles
    Fridays from November 2-December 7
    Sewing circles will meet on Fridays to continue embroidering shirts in honor of those who have died. If interested in participating, contact Megan McCrary (
  • Artist Talk and Reception
    Friday, October 26 @ 7:00 PM
    **Special musical performance by Latin folk group, Villalobos
  • Guest Lecture by Marisela Ortiz
    Thursday, November 1 @ 3:30 PM
    CFAC Recital Hall
  • Film Screening: Juárez: la ciudad donde las mujeres son desechables/Juárez: the City Where the Women are Disposable
    Thursday, November 15 @ 3:30 PM
    Speolhof 150

VOCES sponsors: CCCS, Calvin Alumni Association, the department of Art & Art History, the department of Spanish, the Department of Sociology & Social Work, Gender Studies, and the Pailalen Program, Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan

More information about VOCES

Spring 2012

Philosophy of Science, Faith, and Science Lectures

  • Dr. Hans Halvorson (Princeton University), "Divine Action in a Quantum World"
    April 12, 2012
    3:30 PM
    Science Building 110
  • Dr. Robert Biship (Wheaton College), "Free Will and the Casual Closure of Physics"
    April 12, 2012
    7:00 PM
    Science Building 110
  • Dr. Alan Love (University of Minnesota), "Methodological Naturalism Reconceived (or Elided)"
    April 13, 2012
    3:30 PM
    Science Building 110
  • Dr. Bob O'Connor (Wheaton College), "Design's Debt to Value"
    April 13, 2012
    7:00 PM
    Science Building 110

Lectures cosponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the CCCS, and the Christian Perspectives in Science Seminar Series. For more information visit Calvin's Department of Philosophy »

Celebrate Aquinas College's 125th Anniversary

George WeigelCelebrate Aquinas College's 125th anniversary with a special lecture by one of America's leading Catholic intellectuals, George Weigel. Weigel is the author or editor of over twenty books, including Witness to Hope: The Biog-raphy of Pope John Paul II (1999); The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (2002);Letters to a Young Catholic (2004); The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (2005); and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (2010). A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated to sixty newspapers around the United States.

“John Paul II, Ex corde Ecclesiae, and the Future of Catholic Higher Education”

April 11, 2012
7:00 pm
Aquinas College, Ballroom, Wege Center
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by Catholic Studies, Aquinas College

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Winter 2012

Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals

Jonathan Balcombe at Calvin College 2012The CCCS invites the Calvin community to a public lecture by Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., followed by a vegan potluck. Learn more about the lecture here »

Monday, February 20
4:30 PM
Spoelhof Center 150

Vegan Potluck:
6:00 PM
Lower Gezon Lobby

Sponosored by the Students for Compassionate Living and the CCCS.

Book Reception for The Best of the Reformed Journal

The Best of the Reformed Journal Ronald A. Wells James D. BrattFor forty years (1951-1990) faculty members at Calvin College and Seminary made a significant contribution to discussions about religion and public affairs through the pages of The Reformed Journal. A new volume collecting some of the best writing in the RJ was released over the Christmas holiday season by Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Company, which produced the magazine, on the occasion of its own centennial year. Jon Pott, editor-in-chief at Eerdmans, will join the volume’s co-editors Jim Bratt and Ronald Wells (History) in reflecting on the role that the RJ played in the North American religious world and the cast of characters and interests captured in the new volume. Discounted copies of the book will be available for purchase; refreshments provided; laughter guaranteed.

Friday, February 17
3:30 PM
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Event cosponsored by Eerdmans, the History department, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.


Wayne Pacelle @ Calvin

Wayne PacelleFew are in a position to speak for animals like Wayne Pacelle. As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, he leads 11 million members and constituents in the mission of celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. Learn more about Wayne Pacelle »

Thursday, January 19
7:30 PM
Calvin College Chapel
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Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture, 5th Annual Address

Bryant TerryBryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of three books, including his latest The Inspired Vegan. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a new multi-episode web series. More info »

Friday, January 20
3:30 PM
Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Lecture cosponsored by the Philosophy department, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship.

Fall 2011

Blessed are the Meek: Showing Mercy to all Creation

Paul ShapiroPaul Shapiro is one of the vanguard voices on animal welfare in the United States. As Senior Director of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States (the largest, most influential animal protection organization in America with well over 10,000,000 members), Paul has overseen campaigns that have changed the legal and political landscape of the movement and fomented legislative change in states such as Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, and California.

Monday, November 21
4:30 pm
Spoelhof Center 150

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Followed by a Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck

Monday, November 21
6:00 pm
Lower Gezon Lobby

Sponsored by the Students for Compassionate Living and the CCCS.

Barth, Bell, and Hell

Kees van der KooiThe History Department invites you to hear Professor Kees van der Kooi of the Free University in Amsterdam speak on  "Barth, Bell, and Hell." Professor van der Kooi is an expert on modern Christian theology with special interests in John Calvin and Karl Barth. His lecture will evaluate the controversial book by GR's pastor-author Rob Bell, Love Wins, according to the view of universal salvation expounded by Karl Barth, the 20th century Swiss Reformed theologian. 

Wednesday, October 19
3:30 pm
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

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Cosposnored by the History Department, the Religion Department, and the CCCS.