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Melvin Dale Hugen Collection



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Melvin Dale Hugen Collection, 1955-1991 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Title: Melvin Dale Hugen Collection, 1955-1991

ID: COLL/118

Primary Creator: Melvin Dale Hugen (1931 -)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Calvin College - History, Calvin Theological Seminary - History, Christian Reformed Church - Controversial literature, Homosexuality, Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Orange City, Iowa), Ordination of women


Minister of the Christian Reformed Church; and professor of pastoral care at Calvin Theological Seminary. The collection includes convocation address delivered at the Calvin Theological Seminary entitled "Methods, Methodism, and Ministry"; a paper written when he was a student; and crisis material detailing homosexuality, an alternate seminary, Norman De Jong, ordination of women in office, video presentation, and the white carnation episode. [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Melvin Dale Hugen was born in Pella, Iowa in 1931. Hugen attended Calvin College as an undergraduate. During his time at Calvin, he was involved in the notorious prank involving a Model-T in the lobby of the Administration Building.  He graduated Calvin in 1953 and entered Calvin Seminary, graduating in 1956. Hugen also earned his Th.D. through de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

In 1959 Hugen became a home missionary and pastor of Richton Park Chapel in Chicago, Illinois. During this time Hugen also attended University of Chicago from 1959-1961.  Hugen went on to serve the congregation of Eastern Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1962) as well as a missionary and service pastor in Honolulu, Hawaii (1967). In 1970, Hugen became faculty at his alma mater, Calvin Seminary, as Professor of Pastoral Care. He served Calvin Seminary until his retirement in 1998.

Subject/Index Terms

Calvin College - History
Calvin Theological Seminary - History
Christian Reformed Church - Controversial literature
Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Orange City, Iowa)
Ordination of women

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.0 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of M.D. Hugen

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Crises Material, 1955-1991],

Series 1: Crises Material --- 1955-1991
Box 1
Folder 1: ACRL and Melvin Hugen, on homosexuality --- 1973
Folder 2-3: Alternate Seminary: Reports, notes, reactions --- 1981-1982
Folder 4: De Jong vs. Hugen Judicial case.  Ordination of Women in Office, Classis Grand Rapids East --- 1988-1989
Folder 5: Ecclesiastical charges; personal --- 1970-1973
Folder 6: Issue: Exhorting of Women Students at CTS --- 1985
Folder 7: Judicial Code Hearing, N. De Jong vs. M. Hugen --- June 12, 1989
Folder 8: Palos Heights CRC and Norman De Jong issue --- 1987-1988
Box 2
Folder 1: Pompton Plains CRC; Correspondence on Women in Office --- 1989-1991
Folder 2: Rienstra, Marchiene, Ordination issue --- 1976-1978
Folder 3: Smit, Laura, Case, Application for Candidacy --- 1987
Folder 4: Video presentation of Christian Reformed Church --- 1986-1988
Folder 5: White Carnation Episode --- 1987-1988
Folder 6: Women in Office correspondence --- 1979-1985
Folder 7: Women in Office material --- 1980-1981
Folder 8: Women in Office material, Eastern Avenue CRC --- 1986
Folder 9: History of Calvin College and Seminary --- 1955
Folder 10: Convocation Address at the Calvin Theological Seminary --- 1978
Item 1: Bound manuscript: Modern Psycho-therapies, by Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman

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