Articles by Sophia Vander Kooy


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Fast facts from a controversial Chapel: Homosexuality in the church

“Our primary focus is to prepare students for the Church as grateful lifelong followers of Jesus Christ,” proclaims the introduction of the Campus Ministries’ mission statement. For many students, the tri-weekly event of Chapel nurtures discipleship and encourages mindfulness in the midst of busy college schedules. However, there are also a number of students that…

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A final reflection

In a blink, in a wink, in one more life-flash-before-my-eyes moment while crossing the street, I will be home. I can feel the cold Michigan wind against the tip of my nose, hear the Christmas music, and see the lights glow against snow covered Holland pines. Yet when I pull away from that excitement and…

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Perspectives from abroad

“Part of being an American abroad means answering questions.” If I had heard this statement prior to my experience in India, I would have judged it and coated in the lens of egotistical nationalism. However, I am learning to put down the sword and recognize the truth. Sure, the U.S. has a problem with placing…

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The mountains among us

I grew up in the flatlands of Indiana with little reference to just how high a mountain could be. I have been given the opportunity to travel around and see the rocky skyline of Arizona and the winding pine-covered mountains of the Adirondacks. However, neither of these experiences could have prepared me for the Himalayas….

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The food crisis at hand

A culture filled with glossy magazines and plastic people causes much of the Western world to view food through a distorted lens. Whether it is by not eating enough, eating too much or simply not recognizing the foods being chewed and swallowed, there lies a great disconnect between the energy exuded thanks to food and…