Reformed and genuinely ecumenical: Hope College's creative challenge

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Caroline Joyce Simon
James C. Kennedy


One window in the narthex of Hope College’s Dimnent Chapel bears the YMCA motto Mind/Body/Spirit. Any attentive passerby during the last century could have noticed the reference to John 17:21 in the window’s center. For those who know chapter and verse of Jesus’ prayer for his followers (or are industrious enough to look it up in their Bibles), the words, “that they may all be one…so that the world may know that you have sent me,” come as reminders—reminders especially relevant to Christian liberal arts education. From early days Hope College’s understanding of its Reformed calling has been ecumenical—aspiring to live out Jesus’ prayer for Christian unity—and at the same time evangelical—aspiring to equip students for Christian witness in the world.

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Simon, C. J., & Kennedy, J. C. (2006). Reformed and genuinely ecumenical: Hope College’s creative challenge. Reformed Review, 59(2), 203-229. Retrieved from
Hope College ; Lubbers, Irwin J. (Irwin Jacob), 1895- ; Vander Werf, Calvin A. ; Van Wylen, Gordon J. (Gordon John), 1920- ; Jacobson, John H., 1933-2005 ; Reformed Church in America -- Education ; Christian education ; Education, Higher ; Learning and scholarship -- Religious aspects -- Christianity ; Education (Christian theology) ; Learning and scholarship