2013

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2014

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2013

September

  • Sep 17
    “Speaking Freely about Sex, Shame, and Grace” - Anne Marie Miller 7:00PM

     

    Anne Marie Miller

    Location: Calvin Chapel

    Author and speaker Anne Marie Miller shares from her own life story about hiding from God and others and the importance of being vulnerable in Christian community. Anne truly gives "Permission to Speak Freely" (the title of her second book) about porn, abuse, shame, and the grace God brings through confession and accountability.

    Anne speaks at colleges, conventions and churches on the topics of social justice, sexuality, health, addiction, and general Biblical themes of grace and restoration. She has traveled around the United States and to 18 countries telling the stories of hope found in least likely places. Since 1999, Anne has been communicating for and with corporations, non-profits, faith-based organizations and publishing giants. In addition to her position as a bi-weekly columnist for Relevant Magazine, she has written features for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Leadership Journal, Christianity Today, Neue, Reject Apathy, Youth Worker Journal, Outreach Magazine, PurposeDriven.com, ChurchLeaders.com, The United Methodist Reporter, and BeliefNet.com. Anne blogs at www.annemariemiller.com

    Listen Here

    Cosponsored by Campus Ministries and Broene Councseling Center (MP3).

  • “Lean In” - Book discussion groupStarts September 17 Meets for 4 weeks on Tuesdays, 4:00PM


    Join a discussion group reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”

    Sponsored by Gender Studies and the Sexuality Series

    Location: Hiemenga Hall 339

Anne Marie Miller

Lean In book cover

October

  • Oct 1
    Faculty/staff discussion of “Washed and Waiting” and “Torn” 3:30PM - 5:00PM


    Faculty and staff who have read one or both of our upcoming speakers’ books are welcome to join a one-time discussion facilitated by Kristin Du Mez. We’ll be discussing “Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality” by Wesley Hill and “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate” by Justin Lee.

    Refreshments provided.

  • Oct 10
    Blurred Lines: Let's Define Them 9:00PM and 10:00PM


    Let’s talk about sexual assault and sexual harassment – and how to stop them. Presentations are open to all students, whether you live in the residence halls or not.

    Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team (SAPT)

    9:00PM at KHvR
    10:00PM at BHT

  • Oct 10
    “Women in the STEM Fields” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) - Dr. Margaret Mwenda 7:00PM - 8:00PM


    Dr. Mwenda teaches marketing courses at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. She has more than ten years of professional experience teaching at higher education institutions in Kenya and in the USA.

    See www.calvin.edu/msdo/events/

    Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Development Office and the Sexuality Series

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

  • Oct 15
    “Between Presumption and Despair: Practicing the Virtue of Hope as a Celibate Gay Christian” -- Dr. Wesley Hill 3:30PM

     

    Dr. Wesley Hill

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Abstract: For many people in the church today, asking gay Christians to refrain from entering romantic relationships or same-sex marriages seems to condemn those believers to a life of loneliness. Throughout the Christian tradition, celibacy has been understood as a freely chosen vocation, not something that's imposed as an unwanted rule from the outside. So why should we think that Christianity would impose celibacy on all gay and lesbian people today? Wesley Hill will address his understanding of being gay and celibate with this question in mind. Unpacking Thomas Aquinas's teaching on the theological virtue of 'hope,' which stands between unwarranted presumption that everything is already well and the equally unwarranted despair that everything is already ruined, he will discuss what it means to live a life of tension and grace now, in anticipation of Christ's second coming.

    Dr. Wesley Hill is Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.A. and PhD in theology from Durham University, U.K. Dr. Hill is the author of "Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality" and is currently working on a book on spiritual friendship. He blogs at http://spiritualfriendship.org/

    Watch the Video Here

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series. Cosponsored by SAGA, Broene Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Gender Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, the Religion Department, and Residence Life.

  • Oct 15
    “Spiritual Friendship: A Gay Christian Perspective” -- Dr. Wesley Hill 7:00PM

     

    Dr. Wesley Hill

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Abstract: Because of the elevated place given to romantic love in our culture, it can be difficult for those who are single and celibate to feel that a life of giving and receiving love is open to them in the same way it is to married couples. Gay and lesbian Christians may feel this lack especially keenly, since—current legislative debates notwithstanding—their friendships and loves are not often recognized as enduring and meaningful. In an effort to help the church engage with these questions and areas of concern, Wesley Hill will discuss the Christian tradition of 'spiritual friendship' and some ways we might begin to revive and recover that tradition in today's church.

    Dr. Wesley Hill is Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.A. and PhD in theology from Durham University, U.K. Dr. Hill is the author of "Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality" and is currently working on a book on spiritual friendship. He blogs at http://spiritualfriendship.org/

    Watch the Video Here

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series. Cosponsored by SAGA, Broene Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Gender Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, the Religion Department, and Residence Life.

  • Oct 17
    “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” (documentary) 7:00PM

     

    Pink Ribbons, Inc. Film

    Location: Bytwerk Theater

    "Pink Ribbons, Inc." (documentary)

    “We used to march in the streets; now we run for a cure.” Barbara Ehrenreich, author and social critic.

    Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve?

    Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Léa Pool, and produced and executive produced by Ravida Din for the National Film Board of Canada, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success. Watch the trailer.

    Sponsored by the Sociology Department, Gender Studies, and the Sexuality Series.

  • Oct 17
    Blurred Lines: Let's Define Them 9:00PM and 10:00PM


    Let’s talk about sexual assault and sexual harassment – and how to stop them. Presentations are open to all students, whether you live in the residence halls or not.

    9:00PM @ BB and 10:00PM @ BV -- (BV w/ SE)

    Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team (SAPT)

  • Oct 22
    “The Ex-Gay Movement” - Justin Lee 3:30PM

     

    Justin Lee

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Justin Lee will speak about the origins, motivation, and truth behind the groups that claim gays can become straight, and draw implications for how to have a healthy Christian dialogue. This is a timely topic in light of the announcement by Alan Chambers in June 2013 about the closing of Exodus International, which formerly promoted orientation-change therapies.

    Justin Lee is Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network, which he founded in 2001 as a place for Christ-centered support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and those who care about them. Justin speaks across the country, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, and a front page article in The New York Times. His speaking and writing is characterized by a desire to focus on Christ in all things. Justin is the author of “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate” and the director of the documentary film “Through My Eyes.”

    Watch the Video Here

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series. Cosponsored by SAGA, Broene Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Gender Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and Residence Life.

  • Oct 22
    “Gays and Christians: Building Bridges” - Justin Lee 7:00PM

     

    Justin Lee

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Justin Lee discusses how LGBT and Christian communities can effectively engage in dialogue that promotes grace and mutual understanding in the Spirit of Christ. Using his personal experience as a backdrop, Justin intelligently engages some of the toughest issues of the “gays-vs.-Christian” debate. With humor and grace, he gives practical suggestions for navigating current disagreements without sacrificing the integrity of our beliefs.

    Justin Lee is Executive Director of The Gay Christian Network, which he founded in 2001 as a place for Christ-centered support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and those who care about them. Justin speaks across the country, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, NPR’s All Things Considered, and a front page article in The New York Times. His speaking and writing is characterized by a desire to focus on Christ in all things. Justin is the author of “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate” and the director of the documentary film “Through My Eyes.”

    Watch the Video Here

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series. Cosponsored by SAGA, Broene Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Gender Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and Residence Life.

  • Late October Book groups for Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill

     

    Washed and Waiting

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Student-led book groups will be running for 4 weeks starting in late October. Participants can get a copy of the book for only $5.

    Only 8 spots per group! Sign up fast!

    • Leaders: Jonathan Arenas and Lauren Mixon - Mondays, 4:00PM, Starts: October 28
    • Leaders: Corrie Baker and Max Howard - Wednesdays, 3:45PM, Starts: October 30

    NOTE: In order to get your $5 book, you'll need to pick it up from Julia Smith in the Student Life office.

  • Late October Book groups for Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate by Justin Lee

     

    Torn

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Student-led book groups will be running for 4 weeks starting in late October. Participants can get a copy of the book for only $5.

    Only 8 spots per group! Sign up fast!

    • Leaders: Drew Esterline and Taylor King - Wednesdays, 8:15PM, Starts: October 30
    • Leaders: Virginia Lodge and Kellan Day - Thursdays, 11:00AM, Starts: October 31
    • Leaders: Tonisha Begay and Teunis Verwijs - Thursdays, 4:00PM, Starts: October 31

    NOTE: In order to get your $5 book, you'll need to pick it up from Julia Smith in the Student Life office.

Wesley Hill

Pink Ribbon, Inc.

Justin Lee

November

  • Nov 5
    “Climbing the Ladder in Heels” 3:30PM


    Join the gender studies program for a viewing of Sheryl Sandberg's TED talk on her book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” followed by a panel discussion of the book. There is no need to have read the book to participate. Refreshments provided. Heels optional.

    Cosponsored by the Sexuality Series

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

  • Nov 13
    “Exploring Life Choices: A Women's Discussion Panel” 3:30PM


    Daunted by the options you face regarding career, education, service, marriage, and family? Women of all ages wrestle with these realities and how they shape our lives. Come and hear the stories of women whose lives have followed different paths, whether by choice or by circumstance. Ask hard questions, and explore your own hopes and possibilities for the future.

    Panelists include: Julie Voskuil, Megan Kruis, Jennifer Holberg. Refreshments are provided!

    Sponsored by the Calvin College Mentoring Office and the Sexuality Series

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

  • Nov 21
    “Let's Talk About Dating” - a panel on the dating expectations we bring to Calvin 3:30PM


    A panel of Calvin students will share the expectations they formed about dating/courtship in their pre-Calvin years, and how those ideas have changed, developed, and been challenged (or not) since they came to Calvin.

    Moderated by Bob Crow.

    Refreshments provided.

    Sponsored by the Calvin College Sexuality Series

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

December

  • Dec 2
    “Girl Rising” - documentary 8:00PM


    Girl Rising Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies.

    The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors.

    We use powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.

    See the trailer

    Why girls’ education is so important »

    Sponsored by Gender Equality Now, INTRO, Social Justice Coalition, and the Sexuality Series

2014

January

  • Jan 16
    Sex-Trafficking Awareness: Screening of “Chosen” and talkback with Linda Smith of Shared Hope International 7:00PM

     

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Join us for a screening of "Chosen," a sex trafficking prevention film created by Shared Hope International that tells the shocking true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking. The film exposes the tactics of pimps and traffickers. This is vital information for everyone to know in order to keep ourselves and others safe. We are privileged to have US Congresswoman Linda Smith, founder of Shared Hope International, speak before and after the film about trafficking awareness and prevention.

    Cosponsored by the Sexuality Series, Gender Studies, Sociology and Social Work, Campus Ministries, INTRO, Gender Equality Now, and the Social Justice Coalition

    Thanks to: Shared Hope International

  • Jan 26
    "Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children" - Linda Smith 3:30PM - 5:00PM

     

    Location: CFAC Auditorium

    Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), which is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services, happens all over the world including the United States. At least 100,000 U.S. children are exploited in prostitution every year in America. The average age a child is first exploited is 13 years old. Linda Smith has dedicated her life to changing this story. In 1998, while serving in the U.S. Congress, Linda traveled to a notorious brothel district in India where the hopeless faces of women and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International. Linda is the primary author of From Congress to the Brothel and Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children.” She co-authored The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the DEMAND Report. Linda has testified before Congress, presented at national and international forums, and has been published in news outlets and journals. Linda served as a Washington State legislator (1983-93) before she was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994. Shared Hope International is dedicated to bringing an end to sex trafficking through a three-prong approach – prevention, restoration, and justice.

    Sponsored by the January Series. Underwritten by Wedgwood Christian Services.

Chosen cover

Linda Smith

February

March

  • Mar 1
    Premarital workshop 9:00AM - 12:00PM


    The Broene Counseling Center is offering a premarital workshop for students planning to marry in the next year. The workshop will take place over two consecutive Saturday mornings, March 1 & 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be led by Rick Baez, Psy.D. Topics addressed will be family of origin, communication, conflict management, nurturing the relationship and much more. In addition, couples will have an opportunity to take a premarital inventory and review the results with a Broene counselor at a later date. The cost is $75 per couple ($100 for Calvin alumni and Seminary students) which makes this a good bargain and opportunity. It is a great way to prepare for a rich and lasting marriage. Sign up at the Broene Counseling Center or call 616/526-6123.

    Sponsored by the Broene Counseling Center.

  • Mar 5
    Women in Male Dominated Professions – panel discussion 3:30PM - 4:30PM


    In honor of Women’s History Month are hosting a panel discussion on women in male-dominated professions. This panel features Commissioner Senita Lenear, the first African American Female City Commissioner in the city of Grand Rapids, Reverend Mary Hulst, the first female CRC minister in the United States and the first female Chaplain of Calvin College, Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, Executive Associate for Diversity at Calvin College and founder and CEO of Preach Sista!, and Dr. April Xiuhua Si, who holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering at Calvin College.

    Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of these women and learn from their experiences as women in male-dominated professions.

    Sponsored by the Intercultural Student Development Center, the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, and the Sexuality Series.

  • Mar 8
    Premarital workshop 9:00AM - 12:00PM


    The Broene Counseling Center is offering a premarital workshop for students planning to marry in the next year. The workshop will take place over two consecutive Saturday mornings, March 1 & 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be led by Rick Baez, Psy.D. Topics addressed will be family of origin, communication, conflict management, nurturing the relationship and much more. In addition, couples will have an opportunity to take a premarital inventory and review the results with a Broene counselor at a later date. The cost is $75 per couple ($100 for Calvin alumni and Seminary students) which makes this a good bargain and opportunity. It is a great way to prepare for a rich and lasting marriage. Sign up at the Broene Counseling Center or call 616/526-6123.

    Sponsored by the Broene Counseling Center.

  • Mar 18
    Listen First: LGBT Stories from the Calvin Community 7:00PM


    LGBT stories are in the news on a daily basis, with celebrities coming out, state laws being changed, and even the CRC taking a fresh look at pastoral care for LGBT persons.

    Back in November, the Chimes editors exhorted us to “Listen First.” In that same spirit, join us for a panel discussion to hear how are members of Calvin’s community are navigating the realities of sexual and gender diversity. Whatever your views on LGBT issues, whether you’ve never entered this conversation before, or whether you’ve been in it for years - do come, listen, and ask your questions!

    Panelists: Ryan Struyk, Rev. Jim Lucas, Maryanne Zasadil (parent of a current student), and another current student Moderated by Prof. Rachel Venema

    Sponsored by SAGA, Gender Studies, Campus Ministries, Sociology, Social Work, and the Sexuality Series.

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

April

  • April Sexual Assaul Awareness Month Restroom Campaign


    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In the U.S., at least 1 in 6 women and at least 1 in 30 men will be a victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime. During the month of April, you will notice posters on campus and in the restroom stalls inviting our community to be active in our response to sexual assault and to seek out support if needed.

    For more information on SAPT, events, or resources visit their page here.

    Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team

  • Apr 5
    Women in Leadership Day 9:00AM - 2:00PM


    Want to spend a day learning from women leaders in the corporate and higher education worlds?

    This ticketed event features three guest speakers and plenty of opportunity for discussion.

    Caroline Cahoon - Self-Branding: how to dress and present oneself in today’s workplace
    Caroline is Art Director of the Marketing and Communications Department at Cornerstone University. She directs and oversees photo shoots and photography for university publications, and is involved with graphic design, advertising strategy and brand management. Caroline has received awards from both the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America and the Admissions Marketing Report.

    Dawn Pick-Benson - Climbing the Ladder: overcoming set-backs in order to succeed
    Dawn is owner of dpb communications, a content strategy and marketing company dedicated to helping brands tell their stories. She is an award-winning writer, editor, and strategist with career experience in the corporate, non-profit, and higher education sectors.

    Shirley Hoogstra - Powering Up and Powering Down: when and how to assert your voice and authority in the workplace
    Shirley Hoogstra is Vice President for Student Life at Calvin College. Her experience first as a lawyer and then in higher education administration has given her a passion for helping other Christian women succeed as leaders.

    Tickets are $5 (includes breakfast and lunch) and can be purchased at the KHVR desk.

    Sponsored by Residence Life

  • Apr 9
    SAPT chapel testimony 10:00AM - 10:20AM

     


    This April 9, the Sexual Assault Prevention Team is leading chapel. We will hear the sensitive and in-depth testimony of Madison Square Church member, Acacia Beelen. This chapel gives space for shared lament and listening to how God moved in one women’s story. Acacia will share a story of grace and forgiveness following a life-changing trauma that occurred when she was a college student, some years ago. Her testimony will include the partial retelling of a rape, and so we encourage you to care for yourself well as you consider attending this chapel. If you do attend, please know that support resources will be shared and prayer servants (as well as Acacia) will be available after the service.

    Location: Calvin Chapel

  • Apr 10
    What is Biblical Womanhood? -- Rachel Held Evans 7:00PM

     

    Location: Calvin Chapel


    Rachel Held Evans is a Christian feminist writer and speaker well known for her blog. Her second book, "A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband Master" (released in October 2012) documents a year-long experiment in which Rachel attempted to follow all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible. The results were stereotype-defying, faith-enhancing, and at times, hilarious! Rachel is also the author of, "Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions" which explores the challenges of asking tough questions about Christianity in the Bible Belt.

    Listen Here (MP3).

    Cosponsored by Gender Studies and Campus Ministriesw.

  • Apr 25
    Embracing the Sacred Masculine 7:00PM - 8:30PM

     

    Location: Calvin Chapel


    With 2 presenters from the Men's Resource Center of West Michigan, we will explore the complexities and the impact of male socialization, and learn about the differences between cultural and sacred ideas of masculinity.

    The lecture is presented by CRCNA Safe Church Ministry. It is free and open to the public. More information here.

  • Apr 25
    Sexual Assault Flag Display & Prayer 11:20AM


    This April 25 there will be a flag display on the Commons Lawn. Applying the national statistics for sexual assault to our community, the flags will serve as a visual representation of how many students, faculty, and staff at Calvin may be impacted by sexual assault in their lifetime. Pastor Mary Hulst will lead a short time of prayer at 11:20 am on the Commons Lawn. Come and pray with us as we lift up those in our midst who have been impacted by sexual assault, and as we seek God's direction for prevention and care in our community.

    Sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team

    For more information on SAPT, events, or resources visit their page here.

    Location: Commons Lawn

Rachel Held Evans

Sacred Masculine

May