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Abeltje Hoogenkamp


God is not in the church

Abeltje Hoogenkamp is the ini­tia­tor of the suc­cess­ful project The Layman’s Ser­mon in which con­tro­ver­sial Dutch celebri­ties — reli­gious or not — for once climb the pul­pit. Abeltje Hoogenkamp selected a hun­dred of the most beau­ti­ful poems about faith and inspi­ra­tion for her book Sym­bols become cym­bals.

Together with lead­ing artists she invents inno­v­a­tive projects at the inter­sec­tion of church and cul­ture. Through news­pa­pers, radio and tele­vi­sion she links bib­li­cal sto­ries with cur­rent events in a clear and provoca­tive way.

Abeltje Hoogenkamp is a min­is­ter of the Protes­tant Church Ams­ter­dam. She works as a chap­lain at St. Lucas Andreas Hos­pi­tal. In 2006 she won the audi­ence award of the Ser­mon of the Year, a national preach­ing com­pe­ti­tion orga­nized by Trouw and NCRV.