Calvin College lecture series can be seen locally

Krystle Wagner • Dec 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM

You can watch Calvin College’s month-long lecture series locally, beginning Jan. 3.

Second Christian Reformed Church, 2021 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, is one of more than 50 remote locations for the January Series.

The series runs weekdays, Jan. 3-23. Presentations begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1 p.m.

The 2018 series features Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution”; Kevin Olusola, a beat boxing member of the vocal quintet Pentatonix; and Katherine Boo, writer for The New Yorker.

Community members can begin arriving at the Grand Haven church at 12:15 p.m. on the day of each lecture. Coffee and homemade baked goods will be served.

Bruce and Esther Drukker and Jim and Bonnie Van Orman coordinate the event at Second Christian Reformed Church. Harley Dyk handles the technology aspect of the event.

For the past several years, the church has served as a remote location for the January Series. Last year, an average of 100 people attended locally, and about 1,700 visitors attended overall.

Esther Drukker said she enjoys offering the experience locally.

“It’s a great way to meet other people from the community and other churches,” she said.

The Bookman will also be at the church during lectures to sell books penned by the speakers.

According to a press release, January Series Director Kristi Potter said she put together an “eclectic” lineup on a variety of topics that are timely. As Potter looked at the news and what conversations to bring to the series, she “felt a strong need to bring positive and encouraging stories.”

“So, as always, we will hear from speakers on a number of difficult topics like poverty, racism, pollution, restorative justice and dementia,” she said. “But we will also hear stories of how we can make a difference in the world with our influence, our power, our money or even our mindset.”

January Series 2018 speakers:

Jan. 3: Mary Hulst — Why millennials are the hope of the church

Jan. 4: David R. Williams — Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?

Jan. 5: Randy Lewis — No greatness without goodness: How a father’s love changed a company and sparked a movement

Jan. 8: Shane Claiborne — Executing grace: How the death penalty killed Jesus and why it’s killing us

Jan. 9: Pashon Murray — Detroit Dirt: Zero waste from the ground up

Jan. 10: John Inazu — Confident Pluralism: Surviving and thriving through deep differences

Jan. 11: Laura Sumner Traux — Love Let Go: Radical generosity for the real world

Jan. 12: Caroline Webb — How to Have a Good Day: Using behavioral science to improve everyday life

Jan. 15: Beverly Daniel Tatum — Why are all the black kids still sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations on race

Jan. 16: Katherine Boo — Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Jan. 17: Kevin Olusola — In concert and conversation

Jan. 18: Jeremy McCarter — Hamilton, hope and change

Jan. 19: R. David Edelman — Cybersecurity & Geopolitics

Jan. 22: Kevin Palau — Unlikely: Exploring partnership between churches and cities

Jan. 23: John Swinton — Still waters run deep: reimagining dementia and humanness

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