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2014-2015 Working Groups

The Governing Board for the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship announces the following Working Group Awards for 2014-2015. Please join the CCCS Board in congratulating your colleagues.

Matt Huen (Engineering): 2014-2015 working group on “The Metabolic Economy.”  Faculty and staff interested in learning more about and possibly joining this group should contact Matt.

Mike Van Denend (Alumni Association) and Julie Yonker (Psychology): 2014-2015 working group on “Christian Perspectives on Mental Illness.”

2013-2014 Working Groups

The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship is pleased to announce that two Working Groups have been funded for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Reading Abraham Kuyper's Life and Times
James Bratt (History)

Visualizing Religion
Roman Williams (Sociology)

2012-2013 Working Group

Examining Christian Higher Education
Kara Sevensma (Education) and Marj Terpstra (Education)


Eating as an Act of Justice
Christopher Smit (CAS), Matt Halteman (Philosophy), and Steve McMullen (Economics)

"Political Discourse from the Perspective of Faith: What principles of dialogue and debate should guide participants, observers, reporters, and citizens who seek to bring their Christian faith to public issues?"
Michael Van Denend(Alumni Association) and Douglas Koopman (Political Science)


Helping Without Hurting: International Development and Shifting Paradigms
Mwenda Ntarangwi (Sociology and Social Work) and Jo Kuyvenhoven (Education)

Masculinity in American Christianity: Recent Developments and Conflicting Directions
Simona Goi (Political Science) and William Katerberg (History)

God's Nature and Attributes: Implications Across the Disciplines
Laura Smit (Religion)

Exploring the Impact of Faith on Educational Aspirations
Rhae-Ann Booker (Pre-College Programs)


Climate Change: Complexity, Uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle
Del Ratzsch (Philosophy),

Developing a deeper understanding of the impact of the economic recession on Reformed faith and practice
Michael Van Denend (Alumni) and John Tiemstra (Economics)

Late Medieval Mysticism as the Inner Reformation of the Body and Soul
Henry Luttikhuizen (Art and Art History)

Faith Formation and Expression
Cheryl Brandsen (Dean for Social Sciences and Contextual Disciplines),
and Laura DeHaan (Psychology)


Language, Prejudice, and Christian Witness: Towards a Reformed Response to English-Only Policies, Immigration, and Dialect-and Language-Based Prejudice
Nathan Bierma (CICW) and Karen Miller (Spanish).

Global Health Inequalities, Human Rights, & Justice
Cheryl Feenstra (Nursing) and Renae Boss Potts (Nursing).

Divine Action in a Random World
Stephen Matheson (Biology) and Randall Pruim (Mathematics and Statistics).

Christianity in Africa
Mwenda Ntatrangwi (Sociology and Social Work).