Faith and Politics Series

Anyone who has ever been to a dinner party or family gathering knows the emotion and passion packed within the topics of faith and politics. This tension often causes many of us to refrain from discussing these topics all together.

We believe part of our call to join in reconciliation as God makes all things new is to enter into these often tough spaces with grace and love. It is precisely a people of faith who can come together to heal broken culture and dialogue.

Join us as we come together to learn about and discuss the intersection of faith and politics throughout our country’s history and within today’s current political climate. Come prepared to listen, learn, and share with a spirit of humility and grace with one another.

Pillar Church Activity Center

200 East 14th Street Holland, MI 49423

Saturday 15 April, 10am-noon: Kristen Deede Johnson — God’s heart for Justice and US Political History

Kristen (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary. She teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. Her publications include Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference, and most recently, The Justice Calling: Where Passion meets Perseverance.

Saturday 29 April, 10am-noon: David Ryden — The Intersection of Faith and Politics

David (JD, University of Minnesota, PhD, The Catholic University of America) is a member of the Hope College political science faculty. he has published numerous books and articles on such topics as the Supreme Court and the electoral process, religious liberty, faith-based sector/ governmental partnerships and other questions at the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of The U.S. Supreme Court and the Electoral Process and, most recently, Is the Good Book Good Enough?: Evangelical Perspectives on Public Policy.

Saturday 6 May, 8am-11am: Team Immigrant Allies — Tulip Time Run

Want to add the cherry to the top of the Faith and Politics sundae?! Join us in supporting Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates and the CRC’s Blessing not Burden campaign during the 2017 Tulip Time Run. All the proceeds go towards supporting non-profit work for our immigrant and refugee neighbors. Register at

Saturday 6 May, 11:30am-1:30pm: Kris VanEngen—Faith and Politics and Refugee Care, Oh My!

Kris (MDiv, Western Theological Seminary) is a Congregational Justice Mobilizer at the Christian Reformed Church in North America and World Renew. Kris is the creator of the Church between Borders workshop geared at Christian groups interested in engaging immigration from a Biblical perspective.


Questions? Contact Kat Schulte at


Doxophilia at Western Seminary

Western Theological Seminary is pleased to announce an annual worship-renewal event: Doxophilia. Each year we will bring a noted worship expert on to our campus for a week. He/she will be an Artist-in-Residence. This year we are welcoming Greg Scheer, a widely published composer of worship songs, and the author of The Art of Worship (Baker, 2006), and Essential Worship (Baker, 2016). He will be leading chapel each day during the week of March 13-17, 2017. He will also offer a lecture on Monday, March 13, 3:00pm in Semelink Hall entitled "The History of Contemporary Christian Music: From the Jesus Movement to Gen X." 

Perhaps most significantly, he will be leading a "Big Sing" on Tuesday night, March 14, at 7:00pm in Mulder Chapel. At this event, we will sing through a number of Greg's settings of the Psalms -- a handful of favorites, and a few very recently composed. All these events are open to the public and free of charge.

World Christian Lecture Series

A Detroit native, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach For America (TFA) where she taught 5th grade in Compton, CA.  Nicole received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation.  She joined the national staff of TFA and held several key leadership roles before starting The Expectations Project.  Nicole has written two books:  Educating All God's Children (Baker) and Schools in Crisis (Barna) and has appeared on CNN and ABC.  Christianity Today named her one of "50 Women Leaders Influencing the Church and Culture."  She lives near DC with her husband adn their three children.

"That the World May Know" Series

That The World May Know Weekend Series, led by Rev. Ray Vander Laan will be held on Friday, March 17 (7 – 9 pm), Saturday, March 18 (9 am – 4 pm), and Sunday morning service, March 19 at 9:30 am at Hamilton Christian Reformed Church.  The series will explore the week of Jesus life from Palm Sunday to Easter in the context of the city of Jerusalem.  There is no cost to attend! (Tickets are available at