2014

Sept. | Oct. | Nov.

2015

Jan. | Feb. | Mar. | Apr.

2014

September

  • Sep19
    (Local Event) Human Trafficking: Recognizing the signs of trafficking and how to take action. 1:00 p.m.

     

    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 6:30 p.m.

     

    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 8:00 p.m.

     

    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 7:00 p.m.

     

    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 12:00 p.m.

    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” 7:00 p.m.

     

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

     

    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 7:00 p.m.

     

    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? 7:00 p.m.

     

    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. 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m..
Location: Faculty Meeting Room.
This group is currently FULL

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

     

    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 7:00 p.m.

     

    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
    Pastors’ Forum Talk and Luncheon with Mark Yarhouse 11:45 a.m.

     

    Mark Yarhouse

    Location: Prince Conference Center

    Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary welcome all pastors for Pastors’ Forum on caring for LGBT members on Thursday, February 5 from 11:45am-1:15pm at the Prince Conference Center of Calvin College.

    Dr. Mary Hulst, College Chaplain of Calvin College, will speak briefly about the pastoral work she and her staff do with LGBT students. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Yarhouse, a Christian psychologist who researches human sexuality and has focused much of his research on how to care for LGBT Christians.  There will be time for questions following his presentation.

    The cost is only $5 and includes lunch. Reserve your spot.

    Watch this event »

    Dr. Yarhouse will also be speaking on campus later the same day.

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

     

    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.

    Watch the talk

    Mark Yarhouse is the Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. Fifteen years ago he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and conventionally religious psychologists to discuss common ground for people sorting out sexual identity conflicts. He currently serves as Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Yarhouse was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges, and he has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections under the Department of Justice to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections. Dr. Yarhouse is author or coauthor of several books, the most recent being Understanding Gender Dysphoria, forthcoming from InterVarsity Press Academic later this summer.

    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 – 1:00 p.m.
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
Thursdays, February 12, 19, 26 and March 5. 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: RD's office in Beets Veenstra.
Sign Up Now!

Oriented to Faith book cover

 

The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller.
Tuesdays, February 17 and 24, March 3 and 10. 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m..
Location: Faculty Meeting Room.
Sign Up Now!

The Meaning of Marriage book cover

Gay and/or Christian: Exploring the Landscape through Film
Tuesdays, February 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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, Campus Ministries and SAGA.

Men's Discipleship Group
Thursdays, starting February 12
9:15 – 10:45 p.m.

Come learn more about the attitudes and practices that keep our hearts and minds in a teachable place so we can grow to be more like Jesus every day. The information we’ll cover is only one part; the brotherhood, practical application, and encouragement help make it real. The commitment is to attend all semester. Led by Prof. David Fuentes in Easttown, limited to 12 guys. Email dfuentes@calvin.edu to sign up.

Sponsored by the Mentoring Office.

  • Feb 24
    Working Together for LGBT Student Flourishing 12:00 p.m.

     

    Location: Meeter Center lecture hall

    What are staff and students at Calvin doing to promote the flourishing of our LGBT students? Join us to hear about Calvin’s context, climate, frameworks, programming, and groups, with a focus on the student life division. Presented by Julia Smith, Sexuality Series Director, and Benjamin Chee, a leader of the student peer-education group, SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Awareness)

    Drinks and snacks will be provided – feel free to bring your own lunch!

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series, Gender Studies, Gender Equity Committee, Multicultural Affairs, and SAGA

Women's Honest Conversations Discussion Group
Fridays, starting February 27
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

This six-week discussion group will discuss being female and navigating life choices, body image, relationships, sex, marriage and singleness. Space is limited. Email mentoring@calvin.edu for more information.

Sponsored by the Mentoring Office.

March

April

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

     

    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.

    Watch this talk live!

    Cosponsored by the Sexuality Series, Gender Studies, Residence Life, SAGA, Campus Ministries and Psychology

  • Apr 16
    Transgender 1013:30 p.m.

     

    Trans 101

    Location: Alumni Board Room

    Join us for an introductory presentation on the topic of transgender: what it means, why it matters, and how we can better support transgender students at Calvin. Presented by Julia Smith, Lori Keen, and Jonas Weaver.

    Sponsored by the Sexuality Series, Gender Equity Committee, Gender Studies, Residence Life, and SAGA.

Wendy Gritter

Wendy Gritter

Trans 101

Transgender 101