Category Archives: University

People who have inspired me (I): Rev. Peter J. Gomes (1942-2011)


Rev. Peter J. Gomes was Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister at Memorial Church when I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University in 1992. I heard him preach again on Freshman Sunday in 1998.

According to the Harvard Gazette, ‘Gomes, an American Baptist minister, served in the Memorial Church since 1970. He was a member of both the Divinity School faculty and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Gomes authored many books, including the best-sellers “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” and “Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living,” as well as numerous articles and papers.

Widely regarded as one of America’s leading preachers, Gomes participated in the inaugurations of Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was named Clergy of the Year by the organization Religion in American Life in 1998; in 1979 Time magazine called him “one of the seven most distinguished preachers in America.” He received 39 honorary degrees and was an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.’


See for a portrait of Gomes unveiled in the historic Faculty Room in 2016:

Participant, event ‘Research on Religion, crucial for Europe’s societies’, Brussels, 17 March 2016


‘The LERU Deans of Theology and Religious Studies have written a statement on the importance of research on religion for Europe’s societies. The event aims at translating this statement into practice by showcasing excellent examples. The event is also meant to discuss the statement with a wider public. Policy makers, research funders or anyone with an interest in SSH research in general or religion research in particular, is very welcome to participate.


10.30 am Registration


Welcome by Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of LERU


Introduction by Johannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, University of Oxford


Religious recognition, presentation by Risto Saarinen, Professor of Ecumenics, University of Helsinki


Religion in crisis and Roman Catholic self-definition, presentation by Joris Geldhof, Professor Pastoral and Empirical Theology, Mathijs Lamberigts, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies and Terrence Merrigan, Professor Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions, KU Leuven



1.00 pm

Healthcare Values Partnership, presentation by Andrew Papanikitas, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, University of Oxford


Muslim-Christian dialogue, presentation by Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies and Assistant Principal Religion and Society, University of Edinburgh


Q&A followed by discussion




For the stement by the LERU Deans of Theology and Religious Studies, see:’s%20societies_statement_February%202016_docx1.pdf.

About LERU:

‘Since its founding in 2002, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) has emerged as a prominent advocate for the promotion of basic research at European universities. LERU strongly believes that basic research plays an essential role in the innovation process and significantly contributes to the progress of society.

LERU aims at furthering the understanding and knowledge of politicians, policy makers and opinion leaders about the role and activities of research-intensive universities. Drawing on the impressive academic potential and expertise of its network, LERU has a strong and significant impact on research policy in Europe.’

Participant, Kuyper Center Annual Conference 2015 Pre-conference symposium ‘Faith in the Work Place’


‘Does Christian faith have any impact in the workplace? Does it show in the way that people do their jobs? Should it be given more emphasis, or less? These are some of the questions to be addressed in the third Abraham Kuyper pre-conference symposium on April 15th and 16th 2015. This year, the Abraham Kuyper Center for Theology and Public Life is collaborating with two other organizations whose expertise in this area brings theory and practice into fruitful conversation. The ‘Faith and Work Initiative’ at Princeton University, led by Princeton Seminary graduate David Miller, investigates the ways in which the resources of various religious traditions and spiritual identities shape and inform engagement with diverse workplace issues. The Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church New York, headed by David Kim (also a Princeton Seminary graduate, who worked on Abraham Kuyper) seeks to equip individuals of all backgrounds to develop and apply a worldview for work that better serves their profession and industry. Staff from both organizations will make presentations aimed at opening up a wide-ranging discussion of an increasingly important theme for both church and industry.
The ‘Faith in the Workplace’ symposium is open, free of charge, both to participants in the annual Kuyper Conference that follows, and to all interested clergy and laity in the wider Princeton area, as well as students and faculty at Princeton Seminary. (…)
Wednesday 15th April
2pm Welcome and introduction
Dr Gordon Graham, Kuyper Center, PTS

2.15 – 4.45pm

Kuyper returns to NYC: Appropriating Kuyperian Theology to Empower the Scattered Church

Rev. David H. Kim and Bethany Jenkins
Center for Faith & Work
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York

Thursday 16th April
9.30am – 12noon

Faith & Work: Augustine, Maslow, Nixon, King, and Beyond

Dr David Miller, with Michael Thate and Dennis LoRusso
Faith and Work Initiative,
Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University’


Docentcoach, Leiden Leadership Programme (2012-2013, 2013-2014)


Gedurende de academische jaren 2012-2013 en 2013-2014 trad ik op als docent-coach in het Leiden Leadership Programme.

Over het Leiden Leadership Programme:

‘Heb je de interesse en ambitie om jouw leiderschapskwaliteiten en je kennis over leiderschap verder te ontwikkelen? Wil je meer leren over leiderschap in praktijk?
In het extracurriculaire Leiden Leadership Programme kun je als masterstudent jouw kennis en vaardigheden op het gebied van leiderschap (verder) ontwikkelen.

Het programma biedt hiertoe vaardigheidstrainingen, seminars, en een docentcoach die je direct ondersteunt bij jouw ontwikkeltraject. Daarnaast ga je met een aantal medestudenten aan de slag met de praktijkopdracht bij een partnerorganisatie van de universiteit in de private of publieke sector, om de dynamiek en complexiteit van leiderschap in de praktijk te ervaren.

Praktische informatie
Omvang van het programma
20 EC extracurriculair

Duur van het programma en planning
Het programma duurt 1 jaar.
Het Leiden Leadership Programme is zodanig ingericht dat gemotiveerde studenten dit programma in één jaar kunnen afronden naast een (één- of tweejarige) masteropleiding.

Je ontvangt een certificaat als je dit honours programma succesvol afrondt.


Nederlands, maar literatuur en bepaalde onderdelen kunnen Engelstalig zijn

Voor dit programma wordt van de studenten een eigen bijdrage van € 250,- gevraagd.

Voor wie is het Leiden Leadership Programme?
Het Leiden Leadership Programme is alleen toegankelijk voor masterstudenten van de Universiteit Leiden en van de TU Delft. Het programma is toegankelijk voor studenten uit alle disciplines en achtergronden. Er is echter wel een aantal criteria waar je aan moet voldoen om kans te maken op een plek in het programma.

We zoeken een groep studenten met diverse achtergronden en interesses die zich in het volgende herkennen:

Motivatie en ruimte om naast de masteropleiding een intensief extra traject te volgen
Ambitie en motivatie om je leiderschapskwaliteiten te ontwikkelen in de praktijk
Belangstelling om over de grenzen van je eigen discipline te kijken en met studenten uit andere vakgebieden samen te werken en je hebt maatschappelijke belangstelling
Je wilt excelleren in een uitdagende praktijkomgeving
Bereidheid tot kritische reflectie op je eigen ontwikkeling
Goede studieprestaties in de bacheloropleiding of een verklaring waarom deze ontbreken.’

Bron en meer informatie:

Het Leiden Leadership Programme is onderdeel van de Honours Academy, gevestigd in de Oude Sterrewacht: