2014

Sept. | Oct. | Nov.

2015

Jan. | Feb. | Mar. | Apr.

2014

September

  • Sep 19
    (Local Event) Human Trafficking: Recognizing the signs of trafficking and how to take action. 1:00PM

     

    Location: Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids, 1725 Division Ave S.

    A presentation by Andy Soper of the Manasseh Project
    Sept 19 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
    RSVP with Lori Potter at 269.838.5865 by Sept 12.

  • Sep 23
    Young, Single, & Pregnant in Hong Kong: Giving Girls Choices - Phyllis Marwah 6:30PM

     

    Mother's Choice

    Location: Meeter Center

    The Speech Pathology Program along with Off Campus Programs invite you to join us as we welcome Phyllis Marwah, co-founder of Mother's Choice in Hong Kong, for a public lecture on Tuesday, September 23 at the Meeter Center.

  • Sep 24
    The Trafficker Within: What we do—and who we hurt—when we use pornography - Kristyn Komarnicki 8:00PM

     

    Kristin Komarnicki

    Location: CFAC Recital Hall

    Everyone is against human trafficking. Fighting the global trade in human flesh has become a popular cause. But without knowing it, many of us are deeply implicated in human trafficking because of our relationship with pornography… Say what? Join us for a dot-connecting conversation.

    Kristyn Komarnicki is the editor of PRISM Magazine, a publication of Evangelicals for Social Action—which means she gets to tell lots of wonderful stories. Passionate about relational wholeness, Kristyn writes and speaks about both sexual justice and sexual exploitation. In 2011, she won Christians for Biblical Equality’s Micah Award, which “honors those who exhibit courage, creativity, and tenacity in opposing abuse and advancing justice for women and children in Christ’s name.” Helping Christians understand that pornography is hate speech and that it is directly linked to human trafficking is a particular concern of hers.

  • Sep 25
    Sexual Justice: Why what we do with our bodies matters - Kristyn Komarnicki 7:00PM

     

    Kristin Komarnicki

    Location: Chapel

    We were created out of the eros of God, who planted within us a love of beauty, a hunger for touch, and a longing for intimacy. What would our sexuality look like if we kept that truth uppermost in our minds? How would we treat ourselves and others?

    Kristyn Komarnicki is the editor of PRISM Magazine, a publication of Evangelicals for Social Action—which means she gets to tell lots of wonderful stories. Passionate about relational wholeness, Kristyn writes and speaks about both sexual justice and sexual exploitation. In 2011, she won Christians for Biblical Equality’s Micah Award, which “honors those who exhibit courage, creativity, and tenacity in opposing abuse and advancing justice for women and children in Christ’s name.” Helping Christians understand that pornography is hate speech and that it is directly linked to human trafficking is a particular concern of hers.

Kristin Komarnicki

Kristyn Komarniki

Mother's Choice

Mother's Choice

October

  • Oct 1
    (Local Event) Webinar: Domestic Violence and the Role of the Church 12:00PM

    Domestic violence, or relationship abuse, is a hidden problem with devastating consequences for individuals and families. If not addressed, abuse tends to escalate, leading to physical and sexual violence and to hundreds of deaths each year. Well intentioned, but uninformed, responses may increase the risk of harm. The body of Christ has parts that, because of relationship abuse, are not able to fully function. This webinar is designed to help us understand the problem, so that we can recognize it and respond in practical and effective ways. Please download these handouts (Power & Equality Wheels » and DV Tool for Continuum of Christian Care ») when you register.

    Register for this event.

    Presenter
    Bonnie Nicholas, LMSW is currently serving as director of CRC Safe Church Ministry, a ministry dedicated to equipping churches in abuse awareness, prevention and response. Before taking this position, she worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence, bringing a voice of faith to the table as she worked collaboratively with other organizations dealing with domestic and sexual violence in Ingham and Eaton Counties.

    CRCNA Webinars »

  • Oct 16
    “The Man Event: Men on Friendship, Dating, and Marriage” 7:00PM

     

    Location: Library Lobby

    A men’s “ask me anything” panel focusing on a range of relationships and the ways we navigate them. Root beer and snacks provided. Come hear from other guys in fire pit of the library lobby! Moderator: Richard France-Coe

 

November

“It's Not My Fault”
A student-led program that will focus on awareness, education, and bystander intervention. Come support the team and be a part of the prevention process!

11/4, 9:00PM BHT
11/4, 10:00PM RVD
11/6, 9:00PM SE
11/6, 10:00PM BV
11/11, 8:00PM KHvR
11/11, 9:00PM BB
11/13, 6:30PM NVW
11/13, 9:00PM KE
  • Nov 11
    Women’s Life Choices discussion panel 2:30PM

     

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

    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 Michelle Loyd-Paige and Linda Naranjo-Huebl.

    Sponsored by the Mentoring Office, cosponsored by the Sexuality Series.

  • Nov 11
    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide (film). Part 1 7:00PM

     

    Indian Girl

    Location: Commons Lecture Hall

    The first part of the Half the Sky documentary focuses on gender-based violence, sex-trafficking, and girls’ education.

    Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, Half the Sky takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/activists and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. Half the Sky is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere. Featuring actress/activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde.

    Watch the trailer

    Cosponsored by International Development Studies, Sociology and Social Work, Gender Studies, Voices Against Human-Trafficking, Gender Equity Now, Social Justice Coalition.

  • Nov 12
    Should Love Hurt? 7:00PM

     

    Location: Knollcrest Room at Commons

    Join us for a workshop on relationships entitled “Should Love Hurt?” by Tara Aday from Safe Haven Ministries.
    Topics addressed will be healthy and unhealthy dating relationships, abusive behaviors, warning signs, and action steps. If you are a student living off-campus or if you don’t have a meal plan, meal tickets will be available free of charge in order for you to enjoy a meal (6:30 p.m., Uppercrust) prior to the workshop. Please send a message to Renee De Vries (rd25@calvin.edu) if you’re interested.

    Sponsored by SAPT, Sexuality Series, and Campus Ministries.

Indian Girl

Half the Sky

2015

January

Book Group
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller.
Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28. 7:30PM–8:30PM.
Location: Faculty Meeting Room.
This group is currently FULL

The Meaning of Marriage book cover
  • Jan 14
    Lecture by Video Game Writer Jamin Warren 7:00PM

     

    Location: Meeter Center Lecture Hall

    Jamin has consistently opened dialogue about gender dynamics in games and in gaming culture. He thoughtfully challenges the gaming community to engage with ideas it often avoids.

    Check him out here.

    Cosponsored by Gender Studies, Gender Equality Now and the Video Game Sphere.

  • Jan 21
    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide (film). Part 2 7:00PM

     

    Indian Girl

    Location: Bytwerk Theater

    The second part of the Half the Sky documentary focuses on maternal mortality, forced and generational prostitution, economic empowerment.

    Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, Half the Sky takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/activists and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. Half the Sky is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere. Featuring actress/activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde.

    Watch the trailer

    Cosponsored by International Development Studies, Sociology and Social Work, Gender Studies, Voices Against Human-Trafficking, Gender Equity Now, Social Justice Coalition.

Indian Girl

Half the Sky

February

  • Feb 5
    Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture - Mark Yarhouse 7:00PM

     

    Mark Yarhouse

    Location: Covenant Fine Arts Center Main Auditorium

    Few topics are more contested today than gender identity. In the fog of the culture war, complex issues like gender dysphoria are reduced to slogans and sound bites. And while the war rages over language, institutions and political allegiances, transgender individuals are the ones who end up being the casualties.

    Mark Yarhouse, an expert in sexual identity and therapy, challenges the church to rise above the political hostilities and listen to people’s stories. In this talk based on his forthcoming book of the same title, Dr. Yarhouse offers a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity, engaging the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person.

    Read more here.

    Mark Yarhouse, PsyD is the Hughes Endowed Chair and professor of psychology at Regent University, where he directs the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity and is a core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist, he practices privately in the Virginia Beach area, providing individual, couples, family and group counseling. Yarhouse has published over eighty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is author or co-author of several books, including Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, Modern Psychopathologies, Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministers, Sexuality and Sex Therapy and Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychology and Theology and Christian Counseling Today and has served as an ad hoc reviewer with Journal of Homosexuality.

    Free and open to the public. Livestream will also be available for this event.

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

Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Mark Yarhouse book cover

Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Book Groups
Bringing Sex Into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity by Caroline Simon.
Tuesdays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 3. 12:00 – 1:00PM
Location: Meeter Center Conference Room.
Sign Up Now!

Bringing Sex Into Focus book cover

 

Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships by Tim Otto
Fridays, February 13, 20, 27 and March 6. 2:00 - 3:00PM
Location: Meeter Center Conference Room.
Sign Up Now!

Oriented to Faith book cover

Gay and/or Christian: Exploring the Landscape through Film
Tuesdays, February 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10
3:30 – 4:30PM
Location: Commons Lecture Hall

Each week we’ll watch excerpts from a different documentary portraying the life trajectories of gay/LGBQ/same-sex attracted Christians, as a springboard for reflection and discussion. Join us to explore narratives of coming out, same-sex partnerships, celibacy and healing. Plan to come for more than one week to learn from multiple points of view.

Fantastic snacks will be provided!

Sponsored by the Sexuality Series and SAGA.

March

April

  • Apr 8
    Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church - Wendy Gritter 7:00PM

     

    Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church

    Location: Commons Lecture Hall

    Wendy VanderWal-Gritter, author of Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church, has served as Executive Director of New Direction Ministries of Canada since 2002. Wendy completed her Master of Divinity degree in 1999 and is in the final thesis stage of her doctorate. Wendy is a passionate advocate for those who have been hurt or marginalized by the church. She believes that the church is impoverished if any voices are missing from the conversation. She is an internationally recognized contributor in the conversations around faith and sexuality. As an avid student of the church, she is committed to equipping the local congregation to nurture hospitality.

    Cosponsored by the Sexuality Series and Gender Studies

Wendy Gritter

Wendy Gritter