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2008-2009 Schedule



The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to sexual assault and violence. During the display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular person’s experience, by the survivor him/herself or by someone who cares about the survivor. Our hope is that this project may help some in the healing process, raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence, and communicate to survivors suffering in silence that they are not alone.

To create a t-shirt, survivors and their loved ones are invited to utilize the following space where supplies and instructions are provided.

Please follow-up with counselors in the Broene Center by appointment or between 3:30-4:00p.m. every day if you need to process through this experience.
Sharon Bytwerk from the Office of Christian Formation will also be available to pray with people.
Sponsored by SAPT, the Broene Counseling Center, OCF and the Sexuality Series

Tuesday, April 14:
1:00-2:00pm (group session*)
(*this session will be facilitated by a Broene Counselor, all others will be open to people to come and go)
2:00- 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 15:

Thursday, April 16: 1:00-3:00pm

Meditation Chapel (Undercroft 220)

"Relationship status: it’s complicated!"
Multimedia panel discussion of singleness and relationships
with Jennifer Holberg, Becki Levad, Ken and Gail Heffner, Ryan Kruis, Kevin Corcoran and Nalini Suganandam
Sponsored by the Sexuality Series, Residence Life and OCF

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00pm Commons Lecture Hall

"No Zebras No Excuses: Don’t be a Bystander"
A team of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates from Central Michigan University will lead this program on helping to prevent sexual assault on campus.
Sponsored by SAPT and the Sexuality Series

Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm Chapel
Sexual Assault in Dating Relationships: A Survivor Speaks
Sponsored by SAPT, Residence Life and the Sexuality Series.
Tuesday, April 21, 8:00pm NVW Basement



Men's Discussion Group: "What is it to be a man in today's culture?" A four week group for men led by Aaron Winkle. Email to sign up, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by OCF and the Mentoring Office
March 2,9,16, and 30, 12:30-1:30pm Faculty Meeting Room
Panel Discussion on Pornography
Sponsored by SAPT and the Sexuality Series
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00pm Phi/Chi Lounge, KE
“Is the Bible Equally Good News for Women and for Men?” Professors Helen Sterk and Chris de Groot Cosponsored by SAGA and Gender Studies Thursday, March 5, 7:00-8:30pm Meeter Center Lecture Hall

LGBT Panel Lesbian and gay Calvin students tell their stories. Cosponsored by Broene Discussion Group & SAGA

Every spring Calvin hosts a panel discussion as an opportunity for the college to hear the stories of some of our gay and lesbian students. In the spirit of the CRC synodical reports of 1973 and 2002 (which are available at the panel) this event seeks to put a human face on an issue that is both current and controversial in our society. The panel does not address theological or biological questions, but provides a chance to listen and to reflect on people’s lived experience.

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00-8:30pm Commons Lecture Hall

"Breathe" Women's Retreat
A Saturday retreat on women's health, sexuality and relationships.

Saturday, March 14, 10:00am-2:00pm Woodlawn Ministry Center




For Women Only - The Hard Stuff
Sign up at
Hosted by the Mentoring Office and Sexuality Series

6 week group meeting Thursdays starting February 12 from 2:30-3:30pm TBA
Dating Panel: Dating: What's Love got to do with it? Tuesday, February 24, 7:00-8:30pm KHvR
Dating Panel: Dating: What's Love got to do with it? Thursday, February 26, 7:00-8:30pm SE
Brother Outsider- The story of Bayard Rustin, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. This documentary highlights the contributions of a gay man to ending official segregation in America. Sponsored by SAGA, MSAB and the Sexuality Series Thursday, February 26, 7:00pm Bytwerk Theatre



January Series & Lunch Discussion: AIDS Led by Prof Ruth Groenhout following Helen Epstein
RSVP for lunch to Julia Smith
Thursday, January 15, 1:30-2:30 Student Senate Meeting Room
January Series & Lunch Discussion: "Women at Work" Led by Prof. Simona Goi following Christine Brennan
RSVP for lunch to Julia Smith
Wednesday, January 21, 1:30-2:30 Student Senate Meeting Room

January Series & Lunch Discussion: Discussion of Sex-trafficking Led by Prof. Adel Abadeer following Sharon Cohn Wu
RSVP for lunch to Julia Smith

Tuesday, January 27, 1:30-2:30 Student Senate Meeting Room



Randy Flood
Pop Culture Can Ruin Your Love Life
November 20, 7pm Commons Lecture Hall

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Lecture and vigil

Sponsored by Sexuality Awareness Gender Acceptance (SAGA) and the Broene Counseling Center.

November 20, 6pm Hiemenga Hall 315

Exploring Life Choices: A Women's Discussion Panel
Daunted by the options that face you regarding career, education, service, marriage and family? Women of all ages wrestle with these choices and how they shape our lives. You are invited to engage with a panel of 5 women whose lives have followed different paths, whether by choice or circumstance. This is an opportunity to hear their stories, ask hard questions, and explore your own hopes and possibilities for the future.

Panelists: Joy Bonnema, Janet Glassford, Tess Lindholm, Meg Jenista, Deb Haarsma.

Sponsored by the Mentoring Office and the Sexuality Series.

November 25, 7:30-9.00pm

Alumni Board Room




Henry Cloud

"Stress-busting:  Making and Communicating Boundaries that Free You to Really Live"

Thursday, October 9, 7:30 - 9:00pm


Sponsored by the Calvin College Student Life Division, Wedgwood Christian Services, Calvin Theological Seminary, the social work department, HPERDS and Healthy Habits.

Student led bookclub on Henry Cloud's "Boundaries" Starting October Interested in leading a book discussion on “Boundaries”?  Contact Julia Smith

Feeling "Called" or Just Pulled? A discussion group for women.

Are you interested in joining a group of fellow students to discuss some of the life choices that we face as women? We'll cover topics such as career, singleness, marriage, sexuality, family and service. Led by Prof. Jill Tatum, Biology Professor, at Calvin college.

Starting In October and continuing through November

Tentative meeting times: Tuesdays 7.00 - 8:30pm or Mondays 2.00 - 3.30 pm or 2:30- 4.00pm.

To sign up, email

Sponsored by the Calvin Mentoring Program

Sarah Sumner

“Just How Married do you Want to be?”

Thursday, October 30, 7:00pm Koinonia House -To ride the RAPID to Koinonia House, meet at 6.30pm at the Burton St bus stop at Calvin's main entrance to catch #6 to Eastown. (#6 returns at 8.25pm from Koinonia.)




Keith Edwards

"She Fears you - Men Ending Rape"

Thursday, September 25, 7:00pm

Seminary Auditorium Sponsored by SAPT