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Dr. Mark Husbands


Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology
Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program
Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies

Hope College

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Dr. Mark Husbands


Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology
Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program
Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies

Hope College

Welcome!

"The theologian who labors without joy is not a theologian at all. Sulky faces, morose thoughts and boring ways of speaking are intolerable in this science...But we must know, of course, that it is only God who can keep us from it." (Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, II/1, p. 656)

Ever wonder about the call of God on your life? Here is a link to a sermon that I preached in Dimnent Chapel at Hope College (October 2, 2014) on "What is the Call of God? — Jonah and Justice". It was a privilege to proclaim God's love for those on the margin — and a joy to share what is closest to God's heart: justice, mercy and forgiveness. 

Dr. Mark Husbands holds the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology. In this capacity, he offers academic and professional leadership to Hope College and the Reformed Church in America. In 2014 he won the Academic Computing Innovation Award. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies. In 2012, he was appointed the founding Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program, an innovative one-year academic/residential/intentional Christian community focused upon spiritual formation, calling, racial reconciliation, poverty, and integral mission. In 2007, he was named the inaugural occupant of the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair in  Reformed Theology marking the point at which he joined the Hope College faculty. 

Teaching

Click here to access a current list of courses that am teaching.

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Scholarship

Click here to access an academia.edu site that includes a sample of recent scholarship.

Integral Mission

Click here to learn more about my work with integral mission and the Emmaus Scholars Program. 

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Teaching


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Teaching


As a professor at Hope College I teach a number of classes available to all students whether they are enrolled in the Christian History and Theology Major or simply seeking to fulfill their General Educations requirements.

This Spring I am teaching Faith Seeking Understanding, (REL261).

 

As the Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program I teach a number of classes that are only available to Emmaus Scholars including the Emmaus Seminar on Reconciliation, REL295, and the experiential learning course, MIN395, "Integral Mission and Intentional Community".

I teach the REL295 seminar and the first half of MIN395 course each fall and in the Spring I teach the second half of MIN395, "Integral Mission and Intentional Community".

Here is the link to the MIN395 course syllabus.

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Emmaus Scholars Program


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Emmaus Scholars Program


What is the Emmaus Scholars Program?

Emmaus Scholars with "Hollywood" (chef Vincent Moore) from Christ House (a fully integrated medical facility and intentional community serving homeless men and women) in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014.

Emmaus Scholars with "Hollywood" (chef Vincent Moore) from Christ House (a fully integrated medical facility and intentional community serving homeless men and women) in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2014.

One way to better understand the underlying theological and biblical roots of the Emmaus Scholars Program is to listen to a sermon (preached on October 1, 2014) by the Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program, Dr. Mark Husbands. The sermon was designed to provide an answer to the question "What is the calling of God". I focused here on God's calling of Jonah - a call to Justice and Mission.

The Emmaus Scholars Program is an intentional Christian community focused upon "lived theology" and "integral mission".

What is "lived theology"?

"Lived Theology" takes place in the midst of an active and vital community of Christian faith that intentionally joins head, heart, and hands. Lived theology seeks to avoid abstract learning cut off from the concrete needs of race, economic inequality, relational poverty and human needs.

What is "integral mission"?

Integral mission focuses upon both the > proclamation> and > demonstration> of God's > transformative> love. Integral mission connects Jesus and Justice in ways that create space for people to encounter the peace and reconciliation of the Kingdom of God.

You can get a good sense of what current Emmaus Scholars are learning by reading their blogs.

Some of the blog posts focus upon our “site visits” (sharing in community development and justice work in and around Holland), others are personal reflections or even pieces that emerge out of the collaborative research being done by Emmaus Scholars as they consider the intersection of integral mission and issues of poverty, health care, economics, politics, gender, or race.

Who can Apply?

If you are a Christian student (freshman or sophmore) at Hope:

  • looking to join a great community of students who want to share in the work of the kingdom of God;
  • wanting to grow spiritually, socially, intellectually, and morally;
  • seeking to learn how to love the poor, demonstrate and proclaim God's love for the broken;
  • wondering how your faith can be the foundation of your learning about racial reconciliation, poverty, economic inequality and social responsibility;
  • open to developing strong servant-leadership skills;
  • eager to grow and learn all of this within a supportive and spiritually vital community; then…the Emmaus Scholars Program is for you!

Want to follow what Emmaus Scholars are up to?

THIS YEAR'S EMMAUS SCHOLARS HAVE A BLOG SITE.

You can get a sense of what they are learning by reading these posts.

 
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Spread the news about this great one-year program at Hope!

Interested in Applying to become an Emmaus Scholar?

Contact the Director: Dr. Mark Husbands

 

Living in intentional, loving, and reflective Christian community, Emmaus Scholars seek to embody a life of scholarship, prayer, hospitality, and integral mission (a ministry of Christian witness and social responsibility).

2013-2014 Emmaus Scholars

Do you want to get to know these Emmaus Scholars? Click here to read a portion of their stories and learn about the impact of this program on their lives.

The Emmaus Scholars Program has been shaped by the biblical and theological work of Global South scholars. The presence of God’s life and witness throughout various cultures and peoples is a tremendous gift, source of joy, and witness to the reconciling peace of Christ. Accordingly, we believe that diversity is a wonderful gift of God, and offers us a key interpretive lens and window upon biblical justice. Students of color and international students are strongly encouraged to apply to become Emmaus Scholars!

Following the biblical mandate to pursue justice, mercy, and reconciliation (Micah 6:8, 2 Cor 5:16-20), the Emmaus Scholars Program embodies the following distinctives: 

  • Moral Vision
  • Critical Thinking
  • Convicted Civility
  • Integrated Spiritual Life
  • Active Commitment to Justice