Thank you for your interest!
And thank you for following up on our invitation to participate! Please submit your response—for either yes or no—online.
If you are planning to join in—and thank you!—you will be able to find information updated on this page, which you can find easily by going to www.calvin/go/devotional.
Note: You should receive a confirmation e-mail after submitting the form above, but occasionally certain web browsers have had issues. If you don't receive a confirmation e-mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, yes or no, and if yes, your estimated submission deadline any date between March 1 and April 15 (or so). Thank you!
Please follow these submission parameters to assist our editing process:
- Devotionals should be no longer than 350-375 words; devotionals will be one page only.
- Any Scripture references should be from the New International Version (2011) edition of the Bible which can be found online: www.biblegateway.net. Each passage will be cross-checked for accuracy.
- Use your own words. Except for a brief Scripture reference if needed, please do not quote any copyrighted material, hymns, or any other material that requires a citation.
- Please do not submit a devotional that has been published elsewhere. The Calvin Alumni Association will hold the copyright on the entire publication.
- E-mail your devotional to email@example.com as a Word (or any easily-accessible text format--- no PDF files, please) attachment.
- Include a title and a Scripture passage. You do not need to write out the Scripture at the top or include a prayer at the end.
- Include this author information:
- First + maiden (if applicable) + last name;
- reunion year;
- current city and state/province (or city/country for alumni living internationally);
- occupation (please keep it short and general, one to two words; e.g.
homemaker, retired attorney, non-profit administrator, nurse, Calvin student, pastor, communications director, scientist, accountant, social worker, graduate student, missionary, administrative assistant, professor.)
Sarah Prescott Brown; Class of 1997; Seoul, South Korea; Technician
Peter Martinez; Class of 1968; Cleveland, Ohio; Teacher
Sondra Van Dries; Class of 2017; San Diego, California; Calvin student
You are welcome to dig into any passage of Scripture, and your devotional does not need to include a personal story. But if you're not sure where to start, think about milestones on your own faith journey: What experiences, insights, Bible verses, challenging situations, conversations helped you grow in your faith? What lessons can you draw from your occupational or vocational experiences? What family/friends/co-workers/neighbors have you learned from? What is your favorite attribute of God, and what Scripture passages help you me to appreciate that aspect of God’s character? What thoughts and experiences help you more deeply appreciate the church liturgical seasons of Lent, Advent, Ordinary Time? What encouraging verses help you to deal with all the little stresses of day-to-day life?
Be aware that the readership will not be exclusively in the U.S. or North America. It is important that the devotionals have broad, general appeal to a diverse audience.
Please also see three sample devotionals: Ambassadors for Christ; Giving What We Are; Through Darkness into Marvelous Light.
All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of alumni and Calvin staff. Committee members will select the 365 pieces best suited for this project. The committee reserves the right to edit the submission for consistency and clarity.
Each person whose devotional is selected for publication will receive one complimentary copy of the book as a small, but heartfelt, token of our appreciation. Additional copies will be available for purchase through the Alumni Association.
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.