Movie Screening: Summer in the Forest
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Movie Screening: Summer in the Forest

Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 PM

Winants Auditorium

Enjoy a screening of the film Summer in the Forest followed by a talk back with Dennis Feaster, professor of Social Work and Sociology at Hope College.

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.

Now in his 80s, and still at L'Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.

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The Dating Project: Movie Showing and Panel Discussion
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

The Dating Project: Movie Showing and Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

Dimnent Chapel, Hope College

The way people find love has radically changed in an age of swiping left or right. The Dating Project follows five single people, as they search for meaningful relationships. 

Hope College Campus Ministries and the Saint Benedict Institute invite you to join us for a showing of the film The Dating Project followed by a panel discussion. 

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Sunday School 2.0: The CCD You Wish You Had
Oct
21
to Nov 4

Sunday School 2.0: The CCD You Wish You Had

October 21, 28 and November 4 (Sundays)

Graves 119

Current students are invited to join us for a three-week dinner and class on Catholic doctrine and practice. This ain't your grade school CCD! Each week Fr. Nick Monco O.P. will give instruction in the Catholic faith. 

Students only. Registration is required and attendance is expected at all three sessions. Seating is limited to 25 students. 

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A Civil Dialogue on Abortion: Two Philosopher Friends Discuss Controversial Topics
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

A Civil Dialogue on Abortion: Two Philosopher Friends Discuss Controversial Topics

A Civil Dialogue on Abortion: Two Philosopher Friends Discuss Controversial Topics

Thursday, October 18, 2018

7:00PM

Maas Auditorium

Two friends, a pro-life philosopher and a pro-choice philosopher, come together to show us what civil dialogue looks like on one of our most contentious issues. Please join the Saint Benedict Institute as we host Jack Mulder (Hope College) and Bertha Manninen (Arizona State University) as they discuss their new book Civil Dialogue on Abortion.

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Restorative Justice Conference: Hope, Healing, and Radical Reconciliation
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Restorative Justice Conference: Hope, Healing, and Radical Reconciliation

Restorative Justice Conference: Hope, Healing, and Radical Reconciliation

Saturday, October 13, 2018

9:00AM-4:00PM

Calvin College, Covenant Fine Arts Center

Registration required. 

Two years ago, the students in the Calvin Prison Initiative program at the R.A. Handlon Correctional facility had an idea and heart to put on a conference about restorative justice. They wanted, in some way, to reach out and create something that the public could participate and learn in. That produced the first restorative justice conference last year, held at Hope College. This year, is a continuation of that spirit of connectedness and dedication to restorative justice.

The 2nd Annual West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference is again, organized by students in the Calvin Prison Initiative program at the R.A. Handlon Correctional facility, with a theme of Hope, Healing, and Radical Reconciliation.

This one-day FREE conference (registration required) will feature a variety of speakers and organizations from the State of Michigan that work in areas of restorative justice and criminal justice reform. The conference will be held on October 13, 2018 from 9AM-4PM at Calvin College's Covenant Fine Arts Center.

Lunch will be provided at this event, and attendees will have time to visit booths of local organizations and non-profits, seeing how they contribute to restorative justice efforts in the state. In addition, a new application created by teh Civitas Lab will be featured. This app is an interactive map providing resources for re-entry and other restorative resources for those affected by incarceration.

Join us on October 13th to explore how Hope, Healing, and Radical Reconciliation is possible and restorative justice attainable for those effected by incarceration. And, how you can participate!

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Intellectual Disability and the Sabbath Structure of the Human Person
Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Intellectual Disability and the Sabbath Structure of the Human Person

Thursday, October 4

Sacred Heart Parish

156 Valley Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Wine and cheese social at 6:30PM followed by the talk at 7:00PM

Jared Ortiz, associate professor of Religion at Hope College and Saint Benedict Institute Executive Director, will give a talk at the popular Authenticum lecture series. 

Authenticum seeks to awaken as many people as possible to the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the Catholic Faith by sponsoring ongoing exciting lectures on the humanities (history, literature, music, philosophy, liturgy, patristics, theology, catechesis, etc.) in the spirit of Philippians 4:8 -"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

Authenticum is hosted by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Grand Rapids Michigan. It is dedicated to the New Evangelization and is one of our region’s most distinguished Catholic lecture series.

Lectures take place on the first Thursday of the month, August through May. Authenticum begins with a wine and cheese social at 6:30 p.m. and continues with talks by important Catholic thinkers at 7:00 p.m. Convivial discussion continues after the lectures and usually lasts well into the evening.

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Saint Benedict Seminar: Harry Potter and Spiritual Warfare: Defending Your Soul Against the Dark Arts
Sep
7
to Sep 21

Saint Benedict Seminar: Harry Potter and Spiritual Warfare: Defending Your Soul Against the Dark Arts

  • Herrick Room (Dewitt 2nd Floor) (map)
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September 7, 14, and 21 (Fridays)

Herrick Room (Dewitt 2nd Floor)

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Current students are invited to participate in a three-week dinner and workshop on Harry Potter and Spiritual Warfare: Defending Your Soul Against the Dark Arts. Fr. Nick Monco O.P., the Saint Benedict Institute chaplain and resident Harry Potter expert, will give a short lecture each week followed by time for questions and discussion. 

All participants will receive a free meal. Registration is required and attendance is expected at all three seminars. 

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Recovering Biblical Christianity: Roman Catholic and Reformed Perspectives
Mar
12
to Mar 13

Recovering Biblical Christianity: Roman Catholic and Reformed Perspectives

  • Mulder Chapel Western Theological Seminary (map)
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Keynote lecture: Dr. Matthew Levering "What Counts as a Biblical Doctrine? Exploring the Biblically Warranted Modes of Biblical Interpretation."

March 12, 2018 3:00PM - 4:15PM Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary

Keynote lecture:  Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer "Mere Protestant Christianity: Sola Scriptura and the Comic Possibility of Reformation."

March 12, 2018 7:00PM - 8:30PM Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary

Panel Discussion: Dr. Matthew Levering, Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer, and Dr. Jared Ortiz.

March 13, 2018 3:00PM - 4:30PM Mulder Chapel at Western Theological Seminary

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Music of Silence
Feb
25
3:00 PM15:00

Music of Silence

  • Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, John and Dede Howard Recital Hall (map)
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Guest pianist Stuart Leitch will perform “Musica Callada” (“Silent Music”) by Federico Mompou on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at Hope College in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Mompou (1893-1987) was a composer and pianist most celebrated for his solo piano music.  His work, influenced by his Catalan heritage and the French modernists, is often described as delicate and intimate.

Previously a member of the ONCE ensemble in Ann Arbor, Leitch has performed in concerts with guest appearances by national and international leaders of the musical avant-garde, including John Cage, Morton Feldman and Luigi Nono.

In New York from 1965 to 1970, he transcribed books of country blues in collaboration with the guitarist Stefan Grossman. He also worked with a rock band, Children of Paradise, touring, recording and creating music for Brian De Palma’s early film “Hi, Mom!”

Leitch moved to the Chicago area to work in opera, coaching singers privately and accompanying rehearsals for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Chicago Opera Theater. He founded Chamber Opera Chicago and directed it for three years. He was staff accompanist for a year at Northern Illinois University, and then shifted his focus to solo piano and chamber music. In Chicago he played in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, in Schubertiade Chicago and in broadcasts by WFMT-FM.  Leitch studied at Oberlin College, Valparaiso University, and studied under several private teachers in Chicago.

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Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Dinner and Seminar
Jan
19
to Feb 2

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Dinner and Seminar

January 19, 26 and February 2 (Fridays)

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Cook Lounge

Current students are invited to participate in a three-week dinner and workshop on Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory with Dr. Jack Mulder, Associate Professor of Philosophy and author of What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? Each week is devoted to a different possibility for your future destiny. All participants will receive a free book (and free meals). 

Registration required and attendance is expected at all three seminars. Limited seating. 

Students only. Click here to register

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Preparing for Christ: Advent 2017
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Preparing for Christ: Advent 2017

At Christmas, the God who became man is born at Bethlehem.  Advent is the time to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus into this world and into our hearts.  That journey is one Christ invites to make not alone, but with others.  Please join us December 1-2(Friday to Saturday) for an overnight retreat at Camp Geneva.  Fr. Nick will lead the retreat which will begin with fellowship and dinner and go through the night with spiritual talks and discussions, silence and adoration, mass and confession.  The retreat will end around noon on Saturday with lunch. Hope College students only. Cost: $20.

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The Paradox of Liberty: Alex Honnold and the Art of Human Freedom
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Paradox of Liberty: Alex Honnold and the Art of Human Freedom

The Paradox of Liberty: Alex Honnold and the Art of Human Freedom

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk, The Catholic University of America

The Saint Benedict Institute is offering a lecture, “The Paradox of Freedom,” to be given by Dr. Catherine Pakaluk, Assistant Professor of Economics at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Pakaluk will discuss the metaphysics of freedom in the Catholic tradition, establishing links to both Catholic Social Teaching and classical liberalism. The talk will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Hope College in Holland.  

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Is the Catholic Counter-Reformation Over?
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Is the Catholic Counter-Reformation Over?

  • Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church (map)
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Is the Catholic Counter-Reformation Over? (Reformation 500 Holland lecture series)

Dr. Eduardo Echeverria, Sacred Heart Seminary

The Saint Benedict Institute is co-sponsoring Dr. Eduardo Echeverria’s talk, “Is the Catholic Counter-Reformation Over?,” part of the Reformation 500 Holland lecture series. The talk will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland. For more information, please visit www.saintbenedictinstitute.org and click on Calendar of Events

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What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn from One Another Today?
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn from One Another Today?

What Can Catholics and Protestants Learn from One Another Today? A Conversation Upon the Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Dr. Jared Ortiz, Hope College

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids

Dr. Karin Maag, Calvin College

Dr. Ronald Feenstra, Calvin Theological Seminary

Hope College professor and Saint Benedict Institute executive director Jared Ortiz will join Bishop David J. Walkowiak, Dr. Karin Maag, and Dr. Ronald Feenstra to discuss Catholic-Protestant relations on the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The event will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Calvin College Chapel at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. For more information, please visit www.saintbenedictinstitute.org and click on Calendar of Events.

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The Biblical Roots of Exorcism and Its Meaning for Ministry Today
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Biblical Roots of Exorcism and Its Meaning for Ministry Today

The Biblical Roots of Exorcism and Its Meaning for Ministry Today

Fr. Vincent P. Lampert, priest and Exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

The Saint Benedict Institute is hosting Fr. Vincent P. Lampert, priest and Exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, who will speak on “The Biblical Roots of Exorcism and Its Meaning for Ministry Today,” on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Hope College in Holland. 

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Lecture: “Gold out of Egypt”: Christian Art and International Influences
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Lecture: “Gold out of Egypt”: Christian Art and International Influences

  • Fried-Hemingway, Martha Miller, Hope College (map)
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The Saint Benedict Institute is offering, “‘Gold out of Egypt’: Christian Art and International Influences,” a lecture by artist Daniel Mitsui, on Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The Apostles of Jesus were instructed to go teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. In every nation, Christianity has encountered a different culture, and worked to establish its own belief with it. Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui will discuss the ways in which the conflicts and concords between religions, cultures and nations are expressed in Christian religious art. 

Mitsui also will examine the ways, historically, in which Christian artists have claimed elements of Classical and Islamic art as their own; will argue the necessity of their continuing to seek inspiration from foreign art; and will discuss the dangers of treating the art of a single nation or culture as the basis of Christian aesthetic identity. 

Daniel Mitsui specializes in ink drawing and his meticulously detailed creations, done entirely by hand on paper or vellum, are held in collections worldwide. He is especially inspired by medieval illuminated manuscripts, panel paintings, prints and tapestries; as well as by the Arts & Crafts movement, biological illustration, Japanese woodblock prints and Persian art. Mitsui lives in Chicago with his wife and family. More of his work can be seen at www.danielmitsui.com.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Department of Religion at Hope College.

Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia and 10th streets.

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Film Screening of "Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism"
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening of "Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism"

The Saint Benedict Institute and Hope College Markets and Morality will host a free film screening of Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Hope College’s Knickerbocker Theater in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free. Free concessions will be served. A lecture by Dr. Jonathan Pidluzny of Morehead State University will follow the screening.

Liberating a Continent, narrated by Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest) and with original music by Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), tells the incredible story of one man’s unwavering faith born of deep personal suffering, his steadfast defense of the dignity of the human person amidst the horrors of Nazi and Soviet Occupation, and his unyielding belief in the spiritual unity of Europe. Liberating a Continent portrays how these convictions toppled an empire and how they remain today the moral foundations for a prosperous and free Europe.

Liberating a Continent was honored with two Emmys at the 58th annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards.

The event is being co-sponsored by Hope College Campus Ministries, the Economics and Business, History, Political Science, and Religion departments; the International Studies Program, the Peace and Justice Minor and the Tocqueville Forum.

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The Catholic Priesthood: Why Is It Reserved to Men?
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Catholic Priesthood: Why Is It Reserved to Men?

  • Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College (map)
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“The Catholic Priesthood: Why Is It Reserved to Men?”

Upcoming Talk and Catholic-Reformed Dialogue with Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. , Ph.D., S.T.L., and Jim Brownson, Ph.D. (Western Theological Seminary) responding

The Catholic Church “has no authority to confer priestly ordination on women.” Such was the solemn declaration of Pope St. John Paul II and the beginning of the argument Sister Sara Butler will make at Hope College in a lecture on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall at Hope College. Sr. Sara Butler will argue that the unbroken tradition of the Catholic Church is not discrimination against women but related to the doctrine of Holy Orders as a sacrament.  Dr. Jim Brownson of Western Theological Seminary will provide a response.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

 Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. , Ph.D., S.T.L. is Professor Emeritus of Dogmatic Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL.  Sister Sara has served on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and the International Theological Commission (a papal appointment).  She is past president of the Academy of Catholic Theology and is currently a consultant to the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Doctrine Committee.  She is the author of many scholarly articles and of The Catholic Priesthood: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church (Hillenbrand Books, 2007).

Dr. Jim Brownson is the James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI), where he teaches courses on Scripture, church governance, and women's ordination. He’s the author of several books, including most recently Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships (Eerdmans, 2013). 

The event is being co-sponsored by Western Seminary and the Departments of Religion and Women's and Gender Studies at Hope College.

 

 

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Film Screening of Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening of Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

The Saint Benedict Institute is proud to host a film screening of Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, narrated by famed actor Jim Caviezel, tells the story of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531 and traces the history of this transformative event from the 16th century to the present. Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into the miraculous image, the film explores both the mysteries behind the image and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.

For more information about the movie, visit the official film website.

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"Keeping Watch: An Advent Retreat" with Fr. David Meconi, S.J. (Students Only)
Dec
2
to Dec 3

"Keeping Watch: An Advent Retreat" with Fr. David Meconi, S.J. (Students Only)

This overnight retreat with famous retreat master and Hope alum Fr. David Meconi will center around talks on the interiority and stillness demanded to "keep watch" as Christ desires. You will be introduced to prayer in the Ignatian tradition, using your imagination and "applying the senses" to the scenes of sacred scripture, as well as how to make the Examination of Consciousness which St. Ignatius introduced to God's people and has been the mainstay of Christian prayer for centuries now.

December 2-3, Camp Geneva. Students only.
Email Dr. Jared Ortiz at jjortiz@hope.edu for more information.

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“Restoring Love to the Intellectual Life” with R.R. Reno
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

“Restoring Love to the Intellectual Life” with R.R. Reno

What does it mean to be an intellectual?  How about a Christian intellectual? The Saint Benedict Institute will be hosting R.R. Reno, editor and executive director of First Things, to speak on “Restoring Love to the Intellectual Life” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall at Hope College (263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets). The public is invited. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.saintbenedictinstitute.org.

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"You Made Us for Yourself" Lecture and Book Release Celebration with Jared Ortiz
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

"You Made Us for Yourself" Lecture and Book Release Celebration with Jared Ortiz

“YOU MADE US FOR YOURSELF:
CREATION, WORSHIP, AND HUMAN DESTINY IN ST. AUGUSTINE”

UPCOMING TALK AND BOOK RELEASE PARTY WITH JARED ORTIZ, HOPE COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SAINT BENEDICT INSTITUTE

Dr. Jared Ortiz, who is a member of the Hope College religion faculty and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, will talk about his new book, “You Made Us for Yourself: Creation in St. Augustine’s Confessions,” on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium at Hope College.  Ortiz’s lecture, “You Made Us for Yourself: Creation, Worship, and Human Destiny in St. Augustine,” will explore Augustine's rich understanding of creation as God's gift of a beautifully ordered cosmos which is in dynamic motion back toward Him and whose destiny is to be transfigured through Christian worship.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Jared Ortiz (Ph.D., The Catholic University of America) joined the Hope College faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of religion. He teaches Catholic studies and is co-founder and Executive Director of the Saint Benedict Institute, the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center that serves Hope College. Ortiz teaches courses on the Incarnation, church history, Catholic Christianity, theological hermeneutics and early Christianity. His scholarship focuses on early Christian theology, especially St. Augustine. He also has scholarly interest in liturgy and Latin patristic thought. Ortiz’s book “You Made Us for Yourself: Creation in St. Augustine’s Confessions” was published with Fortress Press in April 2016.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Ministry Studies and the Department of Religion at Hope College.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., near the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.

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