PhD projects

The CCMW offers PhD students the opportunity to discuss their research in the research group. Below you find the students and their projects.

Jasper Bosman

The celebration of the Lord’s Supper (or Eucharist, or Holy Supper) is a central and meaningful element of Reformed worship. However, already since the emergence of the Reformed churches in the 16th century, churches and individuals discussed the meaning and function of the sacrament in detail. Although these discussions already have been recorded and analyzed by length, the question remains how the Lord’s Supper is experienced today, by local ministers and church members themselves. Do they agree when it comes to the interpretation (and explanation) of the sacrament? Furthermore, how do their perspectives relate to the confessional texts and theological reflections within their own tradition, and to the current liturgical practices?

By means of qualitative empirical research, this research tries to evaluate the experience of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper within two Calvinistic denominations in the Netherlands. Within this research, the perspectives of several local churches (their confessional and liturgical texts), their ministers, and members who participate in the celebration of the sacrament are described, compared, and evaluated using the Theology in Four Voices model (Cameron et al. 2010). As such, this research tries to describe and evaluate the experience of the Lord’s Supper in a Reformed-Calvinist context today.

Supervisors: Hans Schaeffer (Kampen) and Marcel Barnard (Amsterdam)

Michael Diehl

Annemiek de Jonge

Jan van ‘t Spijker

Peter Strating

Koos Tamminga

K.S. (Koos) Tamminga MA is a PhD student in Practical Theology at the Theological University Kampen. His research focusses on the intersection of ecclesiology and the theology of disability by describing, interpreting, and discussing the practices of Hart van Vathorst in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. HVV is a cooperation project of a local church (the Ontmoetingskerk/Encounter Church), an ‘inclusive daycare center’ for children and two disability service providers. About 100 people live in HVV. The Ontmoetingskerk joined the project stating that they wanted to share their lives, not just the roof of their building. They framed this desire in terms of being an ‘inclusive congregation’. Through participant observations, interviews and document study, Koos tries to find out what inclusion means in relation to church life, and how it is embodied in HVV. This research will shed light on how churches in the Netherlands and internationally can become places where people of all abilities belong.