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DenHollander Awarded Kuyper Prize

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

denhollanderA leading voice against sexual abuse has been awarded the 2021 Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life, which comes with a $10,000 award. Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary announced. Rachel DenHollander in 2016 was the first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Team Gymnastics' doctor Larry Nassar. DenHollander is an attorney, author, advocate, and educator who is recognized as a leading voice on the topic of sexual abuse.

"We so often confine theology to the four walls of church and home. We don't look at how theology shapes issues we face every day," said Denhollander. "To marry Kuyper's work to what's taking place in the public square right now on many levels is incredibly challenging, but Calvin has long had a history of making place and priority for these conversations. It's a place with a rich understanding of faith and application of theology. So, to be part of that tradition in some small way is deeply humbling."

The Kuyper Prize was established in 1996 by Rimmer and Ruth de Vries and named after Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper. The prize is awarded annually to a scholar or community leader whose contribution to their chosen sphere reflects the ideas and values characteristic of the Neo-Calvinist vision of religious engagement in matters of social, political and cultural significance in one or more aspects of society.
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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