"Hope Veritas Forum" in January to
Consider Choices and Calling
Posted December 17, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Veritas Forum at Hope College will
examine the relationship between personal choice and life
purpose, or calling, on Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 9-11.
The three-day event will include multiple
addresses on a variety of topics, and will culminate in a
concert on Saturday, Jan. 11, by Jars of Clay.
Although the Veritas Forum has been planned for
the campus community, the public is invited. Admission is
free to all presentations except for the concert, for which
there will be a $20 charge.
The theme of choice and calling is being addressed
as especially relevant to students who are preparing for
their life journeys, according to Dr. Marc Baer, who is a
professor of history and helped found the college's Veritas
Forum, first held in 1997.
"Increasingly the question of purpose is couched
as a matter of calling, that is, of a higher, even a God-
given direction to life. A great deal of attention has also
been focused recently on questions of personal moral choice,
whether about relationships, money, the use of time, or the
use of our bodies," Baer noted. "How does personal choice
affect our understanding of our calling, or, on the other
hand, obstruct our response to calling? And, what are the
long-term consequences of personal choice for realizing the
fullness of one's calling?"
The Veritas Forum began at Harvard University in
1992 as a way to get students to think about what the school
was founded upon: the Veritas, or truth, of Jesus Christ.
Since then, dozens of campuses in the United States and
abroad have emulated the Harvard model and held forums of
The Hope Veritas Forum is designed to include the
arts, ideas, theology and popular culture, so as to listen
to how God works in the whole lives of scholars, musicians,
social activitists, educators, writers and artists. This
year's program is the fourth presented at Hope through the
Forum, which also ran in 1997, 1999 and 2001.
The opening keynote address, "God's Calling and My
Choices: Developing a Vision for Your Future," will be
delivered by Dr. Tony Campolo on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Campolo is a professor emeritus
of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., and
the author of 28 books. He is founder and president of the
Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education
(EAPE), and is an ordained minister who has served American
Baptist churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Campolo will also participate in a "coffeehouse
chat" immediately following his talk, on Thursday, Jan. 9,
at 9 p.m. at The Good Earth, 14 E. 7th St. In addition, he
will speak during the college's chapel service on Friday,
Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
On Friday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m., Jars of Clay
will participate in a "question and answer" session in the
Maas Center auditorium. In May of 1995, Jars of Clay became
the first contemporary Christian act to have a debut album
achieve platinum status. The group has won two Grammys, and
has appeared on venues ranging from MTV to The CBS Early
Dr. Steven Garber will present the Veritas Forum's
second keynote address, "Learning to Know and to Love at the
Same Time," on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent
Memorial Chapel. The talk is being co-sponsored by the
college's Pew Society as the society's 2003 Pew Faith and
Learning Lecture. Garber is Senior Fellow at the C.S. Lewis
Institute in Virginia, and is currently serving as a Fellow
and Lilly Faculty Scholar at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 9 a.m., Dr. Antonio
Tendero will present "Learning from Faithful Students: A
Teacher's Calling" in the Maas Center auditorium. Tendero
is an assistant professor of English education at Grand
Valley State University in Grand Rapids, and for 13 years
served as a middle school English teacher and teacher
educator in Saginaw, Northern Virginia, the Bronx and
A panel of speakers will consider "Singleness or
Marriage? Calling and Commitment in Relationships" on
Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
The four panelists will be Kelly Monroe, the founder of the
original Veritas Forum at Harvard, who is now a chaplain to
graduate students at Harvard; Ryan Pazdur, a 1997 Hope
graduate who is pastor of global outreach at Corinth
Reformed Church in Byron Center; Estella Smith of Holland, a
reading teacher who works with at-risk or physically
disabled children in the Holland Public Schools; and Joel
Tanis of Holland, a 1989 Hope graduate and artist who is
also on the Veritas Forum's planning committee.
Jars of Clay will perform on Saturday, Jan. 11, at
9 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Tickets for the concert
are $20 for the general public, and will be sold on Monday-
Friday, Jan. 6-10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the box office
in the theatre lobby of the DeWitt Center. The box office
may be called at (616) 395-7890.
Other events scheduled in conjunction with the
Veritas Forum include two lunchtime discussions titled
"Courageous Choices: God's Extraordinary Call to Ordinary
People," to be held on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 9-10, at
noon in the Otte Room on the northeast corner of the main
floor of Phelps Hall. There will also be a worship service
on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center
The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
12th Street. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College
Avenue at 12th Street. The Maas Center is located on
Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. Phelps Hall is located on
Columbia Avenue at 10th Street.