Faith & Scholarship Discussion Series: David Ryden

Thursday, June 1 at 8:00am to 9:00am

A. Paul Schaap Science Center, Schaap Classroom 1118 35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605

Many Christians think of calling as matter of discerning God's plan for our lives, then faithfully following it once we know it. But what if calling is simply to strive for faithfulness in all circumstances? That frees us up to make the best choices, knowing that God can and will redeem our lives, regardless of those choices. This is one such story of redemption, unfinished as it is. Looking back, I see God's redemptive hand, making something of my choices even when they were made poorly or selfishly, as I have lived a life of multiple vocations as teacher and scholar, husband and father, neighbor and friend. 

Each week a member of the Hope College faculty will lead a discussion about the integration of faith and scholarship in the context of vocation. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a broader conversation about these critically important issues. Coffee, juice, and breakfast snacks will be served. Concludes by 9 am. 

June 8: Janet Weeda (Nursing)

June 15: Brian Rider (Kinesiology)

June 22: Jeff Polet (Political Science)

June 29: Mike Jipping (Computer Science)

July 6: Sarah Kornfield (Communication)

July 13: Tori Pelz (Art)

The Faith & Scholarship Discussion Series is part of a vision for Hope College as a community of faithful Christian scholars. In order to build this, we—faculty, staff, and students—need to meet with one another in fellowship to discuss how the breadth of meaning inherent in terms like “faith” and “scholarship” creates a depth of their possible integration. 

You can see a video about the Faith & Scholarship Discussion Series here:

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Academics, Center for Ministry Studies


David Ryden (Political Science): Vocation, Faithfulness, and My Story of Redemption  

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