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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).

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 Fall I will be 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?

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Emmaus Scholars Program - Faith and Justice Film Series

Films are an excellent commentary on culture, justice, faith, and the human spirit. Throughout the fall we will be showing three films that raise deep questions of faith and justice. Sometimes the question of faith is implicit (hidden in the background), at other times, it is powerfully present.

We would love for you to join fellow students, watch these films together and stay for a brief "talk-back" discussion of how the film leads us as people of faith to commit to concrete acts of justice and mercy.

Interested in the connection between Faith and Justice - consider coming out to share in our "Faith and Justice Film Series". More information can be found HERE

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).

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.

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 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!

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