Calvin College Chimes

Campus celebrates Christmas with tree lighting

In Young Park, Guest Writer

December 8, 2017

Filed under Religion

More than 100 of Calvin’s students, staff and faculty waited in anticipation at the commons lawn to see the annual lighting of Calvin’s Christmas tree on Sunday night. “It’s fun to see everybody come together. It’s a nice bre...

John Fea finishes history department colloquium

Hannah Butler, On-Call Writer

December 1, 2017

Filed under Religion

Concluding the history department colloquium for the fall semester, John Fea lectured on President Trump’s Christian advisers and the historical context of their position. Fea, who identifies as an evangelical Christian, visited from Me...

Jubilee Fellows program clarifies students’ call to ministry

Ben DeMaso, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017

Filed under Religion

Just before fall advising break, the Congregational and Ministries Studies (CMS) department selected twelve new Jubilee Fellows for next spring.  Geared toward offering selected juniors Christian leadership experience, the Jubi...

Nepal criminalizes non-Hindu evangelism

Molly Bruns, On-Call Writer

November 17, 2017

Filed under Religion, Showcase

Near the end of October, Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, signed a law prohibiting Christian evangelism. This criminal code bill also puts protections in place for Hinduism, the country’s primary religion, with new constraints...

Students discuss North Korean persecution with film screening

Juliana Knot, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017

Filed under Religion, Showcase

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) showed the movie “The Crossing,” an emotional film on one North Korean family’s struggle under oppression, on Friday, Nov. 3. Roughly twenty people attended and discussed the screening while e...

Church shooting raises questions of suffering, gun control

Luke Enders, Guest Writer

November 10, 2017

Filed under Religion

On Sunday morning, a man clad in tactical gear and armed with an AR-15 variant assault rifle opened fire in a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 20 more. This is the fifth deadlie...

Trump comments amplify “Merry Christmas” debate

Juliana Knot and Courtney Zonnefeld

November 3, 2017

Filed under Religion

In his recent comments at the Values Voter Summit, President Donald Trump reignited the “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” controversy. “We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people do...

Interfaith lab promotes dialogue between traditions

Courtney Zonnefeld, Religion Editor

October 27, 2017

Filed under Religion

Students from several West Michigan colleges and universities, including Calvin, Hope and Grand Valley State University (GVSU), participated in the Made in Michigan Interfaith Lab last weekend. Organized and hosted by GVSU’...