Free one-hour programs
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.
NEW LOCATION-Returning to the Calvin Chapel:
(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.
September 15 William Katerberg American Scripture? The U.S. Constitution and American Political Culture
The U.S. Constitution is often viewed as holy writ by Americans, especially the original document and the Bill of Rights. How Americans approach the Constitution is related to other areas of life and culture, such as how they read, interpret, and apply Biblical texts.
This lecture will focus on how American leaders and citizens have thought about the Constitution andbrought it to life.
September 29 Buck Matthews
The Book in Each of Us
No life story should be left untold. With that conviction, Buck Matthews told his story in Getting Here, a memoir-anthology, available after the presentation. To him, too many people leave only the china and a box of snapshots when they depart, when their life stories are much more to be cherished. Hearing Buck tell about his own life will inspire the audience to tell about theirs.
October 13 Todd Huizenga, Becca McBride, Joel Westra
The 2016 Election
This will be a panel discussion on the fall election and foreign policy, with Huizenga of the Acton Institute, and McBride and Westra of Calvin’s Political Science department. There will be opportunity for audience discussion.
October 27 Neal Carlson
A Transformative Reading of James
Carlson believes that our model for leadership is a pagan prostitute, and that a serious re-reading of the biblical book of James as a prophetic voice from God’s Word will change the way we see our ethical obligations as Christians in an era of fiercely finger-pointing political rhetoric.
November 10 Muaz Redzic
Religion, burden or blessing? : The quest of three continents, two centuries, and one life
Dr. Muaz Redzic serves as an Imam at Bosnian Cultural Center in Grand Rapids. In this lecture, he will share his thoughts and experiences about a relationship between one’s religious identity and personal life. How does a religion shape somebody’s identity? What does it mean to be religious today? Is Islam compatible with modernity? These and other questions will be tackled during this lecture.
November TBD Renee Aupperlee
Donkey Carts and Starbucks: Raising Disciples in a Changing China
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
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
Tuesday, November 11 The Early Music Concert
Thursday, October 30 Calvin Stories in the History of Holland, Michigan by Bob Swierenga
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