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November 22, 2021In 2005, Calvin Seminary began taking students to visit Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison. This inspired some professors at Calvin Seminary to start teaching classes at Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan, and to partner with Calvin University to launch the Calvin Prison Initiative. Todd Cioffi tells this story and explains the transformative effects of prison education.
April 14, 2021The gap between Sunday and Monday often feels wider than it looks on a calendar. Many Christians struggle to connect their worship with their work. In their new book Work and Worship: Reconnecting our Labor and Liturgy (Baker Academic, 2020), Matthew Kaemingk and Cory Willson explore biblical and theological connections between work and worship. In this virtual presentation to the President's Legacy Society of Calvin Seminary, John Witvliet talks with the authors about strengthening these connections in the church.
March 10, 2021The events of recent months have laid bare the pervasive stain of racism in public life. Christina Edmondson talks with John Witvliet about developing a lifelong commitment to learning about what race and racism are, how to critically and theologically discern issues of social stratification and a caste system which feed the sin of racism, and how Christians can remain rooted in the good news of Jesus and actively respond in ways that dismantle racism, especially in congregations and worshiping communities. Christina Edmondson is a collaborating partner with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, where she teaches courses, leads cohort learning groups, and offers web resources focused on faithful anti-racism initiatives for use in congregations, schools, and Christian non-profit organizations. Her website is www.christinaedmondson.com. John Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship at Calvin Seminary.
May 28, 2020Mary Vanden Berg, professor of systematic theology at Calvin Seminary, speaks with Scott Hoezee about her research in 2018 at the Henry Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. Vanden Berg received a grant as part of the Henry Center’s Creation Project, which aims to “catalyze a field of study around the doctrine of creation that is faithful to Scripture and informed by contemporary scientific research.”