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Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

Faith, business and political leaders focus on immigration reform

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Just before Thanksgiving, a holiday deeply rooted in the nation’s history of immigration, West Michigan’s faith, business and political leaders are meeting to address the need for immigration reform.

The roundtable discussion will take place Tuesday, November 26 at the Goei Center, located at 818 Butterworth St. SW in Grand Rapids.  Eastern Floral CEO Bing Goei, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and Dr. Bill Rudd, senior pastor of Calvary Church in Muskegon, all plan to attend.  Organizers say the event is meant to draw Congress’ attention to the need for immigration reform.

Holland evangelicals held a similar event last Thursday, focused on the biblical values of welcoming strangers.  The group says nationwide, more than 187,000 people have signed up to pray about the issue.

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

Hope College lecture to explore far-reaching impact of Amsterdam

HOLLAND, Mich. – Author Russell Shorto will present the lecture “Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City,” at Hope College on Tuesday, November 19.

The presentation is based on Shorto's new book, which has the same name.  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre. The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

Hope College Christmas Vespers ticket sales begin November 9

 HOLLAND, Mich. –  Community members can purchase tickets for the annual Hope College Christmas Vespers beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

Christmas Vespers will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The tickets will be sold until noon Saturday at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is located between Ninth and 11th streets at 222 Fairbanks Ave. Tickets will be $10 each, with a limit of four tickets per person.

Hope College Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

Hope College Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Virginia Beard, associate professor of political science at Hope College, will present “Grace and Beauty, Death and Life—Now and Yet to Be” on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

The program is part of the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the National Mortar Board Honorary Society.  Admission is free to the event, which will take place in the Maas Center auditorium.

Beard has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2007.  Her areas of specialization are comparative politics, focused on Africa, as well as public policy. Her research interests are in the areas African political development; democratization; conflict and stability; land rights in Africa; the role of institutions in political development; identity politics with a focus on gender, religion and ethnicity; public policy in political development; homelessness policy; and public policy and poverty.

Examining the future of Christian liberal arts colleges

Examining the future of Christian liberal arts colleges

HOLLAND, Mich.– Dr. Mark Noll of the University of Notre Dame will present the address “Is There a Future for a Christian Liberal Arts College—A Historical Perspective” at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

 

The public is invited to the event, which starts at 3 p.m. in Winants Auditorium, located in Graves Hall. Admission is free. 

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Hope College to break ground on musical arts center October 23

Hope College to break ground on musical arts center October 23
 

HOLLAND – Hope College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts on Wednesday, October 23, at 4 p.m.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The 64,000-square-foot Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts will include two performance venues, classrooms, practice rooms, faculty studios and office space for the department of music.  The facility is being named in honor of Jack H.

American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations: