Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content

Noontime Series-Noon on Thursdays


Nootime Series LogoFree one-hour programs held at 12-1 PM in the Calvin Chapel. Note the change in location.
Please join us for these wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking lectures.

Mark your calendars now and share these dates and topics with others.

Fall 2016

NEW LOCATION-Returning to the Calvin Chapel, except for Thursday, November 17:

(See the taped video sessions from prior lectures at the bottom of this page.)

Powerful, experienced, and passionate are just a few words to describe the speakers in this fall’s lecture series. Hear their inspirational words and feel their passion as they describe  their work and experiences in these thought-provoking lectures:

These free lectures are scheduled at noon on Thursdays and have moved back to the Calvin Chapel. Parking is best in parking lots 1 and 2 off the Burton Street Entrance.


November 17          Renee Aupperlee         (In the Recital Hall) 

Donkey Carts and Starbucks:  Raising Disciples in a Changing China

This lecture will not be taped or livestreamed due to contractual obligations

One generation ago Chinese families were loaded with children, but now they live in the land of one child, "the little emperor."   In 1997, university students had never actually touched a computer with their own hands.  Now, China is overrun by iPads and iPhones.
This presentation tells about the challenges and humorous adventures of raising a family, held by the unrelenting presence of Christ, in a nation of unparalleled change, atheism, communism, and constant transition. 

Past Noontime Series

November 10 Muaz Redzic Religion: Burden or Blessing

October 27   Neil Carlson    A Transformative Reading of James

October 13 Todd Huizinga, Becca McBride, Joel Westra    The 2016 Election

September 29 Buck Matthews The Book in Each of Us

September 15       William Katerberg        American Scripture?  The U.S. Constitution and American Political Culture

March 31  Len Vander Zee, From the Big Bang to the New Creation: God's Big Six Billion Year Long Story of Creation and Redemption

March 10  Ken Piers, Justice for the Earth: A Way Forward

Mar. 3  Sandra Warren, South High School and the B-17 Bomber

February 18, Teresa Weatherall Neal, The GRPS Transformation Success Story

February 4, Bill Vriesema, Renewed by Creation

November 12,  Valerie van Heest, Armistice Day Blizzard

November 5,    George Heartwell, Days as Grand Rapids Mayor

Thursday, October 22, Jonathan Bradford, Home is Where We Start From

Thursday, September 24,  Herman Keizer,   Moral Injury after War

Thursday, September 10, Michigan's Prison System, by Daniel Heyns (fast forward 15 minutes to the actual lecture)

Thursday, April 23 - Grand Rapids Christian Gospel Choir with Nate Glasper (Assistant Conductor of Calvin College Gospel Choir)  

Thursday, April 9, The Garden as Artist Studio by Hank Ottens

Thursday, March 28- David Rahinsky  (Grand Rapids Police Dept.)  Our Community, Our Commitment – Advancing the Vision

Thursday, March 12- James Bratt  (Calvin History Dept.)  Abraham Kuyper: Passion and Politics

Thursday, Feb. 26-Oppression in the Promised Landby David Crump

Thursday, Feb. 12- Colossians Forum- Conflict as Opportunity? by Michael Gulker

Tuesday, November 11     The Early Music Concert

Thursday, October 30    Calvin Stories in the History of Holland, Michigan by Bob Swierenga

Thursday, October 16, China: Media Revolution, Ministry Opportunities by Kurt Selles

Thursday, October 2, Biomedical Research and Science Education at Van Andel Institute with Steve Triezenberg

Thursday, September 18   Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History , by Dianne Stampfler     

Thursday, September 4, 20140 Fatal Crossing presented by Valerie van Heest.

Thursday, April 3, 2014-Why the Church Needs to Talk About Evolution presented by Deborah Haarsma. We have been able to re-tape the lecture and provide the full length of the presentation.

Thursday, March 20, 2014- From Sea to Sea on a Bike:Why? presented by Carol Rienstra

Thursday, March 6, 2014- Christian Book Publishing in a Post-Literate, Digital Age presented by Dwight Baker

February 20,2014-Trapped By Endemic War: Syrian Refugees in Jordan presented by Bert De Vries

February 6, 2014- God at Work in Prison: From Angola to Ionia presented by John Rottman:

November 14, 2013-"Hymns that Time Forgot" presented by Greg Scheer

October 31, 2013-Michigan's Shameful Treatment of Prisoners presented by Doug Tjapkes

October 17, 2013 -Father Henri J.M. Nouwen: Friend, Guide, and Mentor presented by
Rabbi Albert Lewis

October 3, 2013-A Ram in the Thicket presented by Catherine Frerichs

September 19, 2013 -Cracks in the Wall presented by Marlin & Sally Vis

September 5, 2013-Learning from the Oppressed presented by Nicholas Wolterstorff