But I'm a Person of Faith!

Date: October 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: 2204 Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/lgbtrc/but...

presented by Rev. Doug Van Doren

Lib 100 and US 201 Approved

Have you ever felt your religious values and traditions put you at odds with the values of a liberal education and many people around you. Have you ever heard someone talk about diversity and inclusion in a way that goes against your faith beliefs. This program will explore the potential conflict between being faithful to the values of one’s faith tradition and accepting others whose values are different. We will explore how to exercise one’s faith in a way that is also supportive of others and the mission of GVSU.

Rev. Van Doren received his Master of Divinity degree from The Chicago Theological Seminary with a concentration in Biblical Study and Pastoral Care. His denominational experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of the United Church Board for World Ministries, which oversees the world mission work of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Van Doren also served as a corporate member of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries.

His leadership in the struggle for justice and equality is well recognized in the Grand Rapids community and beyond. He’s often sought for consultation by other clergy, churches, and community groups and is a popular speaker whenever local discussions of faith intersect with social justice.

Rev. Van Doren is a founding member of Concerned Clergy of West Michigan, formed to call churches to openness and acceptance of gay and lesbian people, and has served on numerous community boards of directors including Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan, where he was also board chair. He served two years as Chair, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids Urban League.