October 16, 2009
In this issue of AlumNews we take a look at vocation and call, with alumnus Don Hatfield and Alumni/ae Council member Chris Accornero reflecting on this topic in features below. And as we move into this new academic year, I'd like to introduce--or re-introduce--you to the four of us who have been called to serve you in Fuller's Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations. It is a calling we are privileged to claim!
Elijah Davidson is the newest member of our team, coming to us from Valley View, Texas, a small town of 700 that is north of Dallas and light years from Pasadena. He is in his second year as a student at Fuller, studying Worship, Theology, and the Arts. If you call or email the office, you will be warmly greeted by Elijah.
Ramon Ocampo has helped us with Computer Services for seven years. He is a longtime Southern Californian and an avid cyclist, which is how he met his wife of 17 months. Ramon can provide you with lists of other Fuller alumni/ae in your region and assistance with Portico, and he makes sure you receive AlumNews each month.
Prior to joining this office 12 years ago, Associate Director Bert Jacklitch worked in the School of Psychology for nearly 18 years. Bert first came to Fuller as the spouse of an MDiv student. The mother of three, grandmother of three, and member of her church choir, Bert counts her work here as a gift from God.
It is a privilege to be in my second year with this fine team. Prior to joining Fuller, I was responsible for alumni/ae and parent relations at Westmont College for 14 years. I have a lifelong relationship with Fuller--my father served as president for 30 years, my husband received a PhD and MA here, I myself enjoyed studying with Ray Anderson and others, and now our son is taking his first class at the California Coast regional campus.
There is a reason the word "relations" is in our office title: relationships are key to our mission. We have enjoyed meeting many of you, and hearing from others via email, phone, and mail. Please keep in touch--remember that Fuller is now on Facebook, too!
Mary Hubbard Given
Associate Vice President
Alumni/ae and Church Relations
ALUMNI/AE IN ACTION
Different Strokes: Fuller Alumnus Takes Up a Call to Paint
Don Hatfield (MDiv '73) reflects on vocational discernment, and the winding path that led him to the work he loves--as an impressionist artist. Read his story
Living Into the Call
Over her 34 years in ministry, Alumni/ae Council member Christina Accornero (PhD '99) has broadened her view of vocational calling. Read her reflection
Fuller Alumni Help Launch University in North Korea
Dr. Sun Hee Kwak, alumnus and founder of Somang Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea, has been instrumental in the opening of a new university in North Korea. Read more
Festival of Beginnings Celebrates New Academic Year
The Fuller community came together for a special chapel service, with President Richard Mouw preaching, and outdoor reception to mark the beginning of a new year. Read more
Healthcare Ministry Conference Held at Fuller
Professor Bryant Myers and Provost Sherwood Lingenfelter spoke at the 2009 West Coast Healthcare Missions and Ministry Conference, for those with interest in the healing professions. Read more
Asian American Welcoming Banquet Hosted
The Asian American Theological Fellowship hosted its first Welcoming Banquet for Asian American students on Fuller's Pasadena campus. Read more
Author Jim Belcher Speaks on "Deep Church"
Pastor and alumnus Jim Belcher (MAT '91) discussed his new book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional. Story includes video. Read more
Winston Gooden Offers Chapel Sermon on God's Promises
Dean of Psychology Winston Gooden spoke on "The Promise of His Presence" in a chapel service that featured colorful gospel music and audience response. Read more
Chapel Service Focuses on Friendship
Director of Chapel Doug Nason spoke in all-seminary chapel on the implications of faithful friendship, looking to the example of Jonathan and David. Read more
UPCOMING EVENTS: CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Ministry Enrichment Seminars
October 27, November 11, November 19
Fall seminars will include "Spiritual Formation, Sexuality and Ministry" and "Legal Issues in Church Counseling." Read more
Course on Missional Church in Honolulu, Hawaii
"The Local Church as a Mission Outpost" will be led by church leadership trainers Alan Hirsch and Kurt Fredrickson. Offered by Fuller's DMin program for continuing education credit. Read more on this and other courses
School of Psychology Research Colloquia
November 9 and 16 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Topics for the next two colloquia will be "Stress: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: and "Of Mice, Monkeys, and Men: Towards a Better Understanding of Autism." Read more
UPCOMING EVENTS: PASADENA AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Ustream.tv Broadcast with Ralph Watkins
October 21 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Watch and send your questions to Professor Ralph Watkins during this live "online visit." Only an internet connection is needed. Read more
"Approaching Eden" Art Exhibit
October 23 through November 23
An exhibition of the work of artist Patty Wickman will explore biblical narratives of the garden. Opening reception October 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m.Read more
Luncheon and Workshop for Pastors and Church Staff
October 29 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Psychologists David Foy and Kent Drescher, with retired Army Chaplain Ronald Sparks, will discuss ways churches can effectively care for returning military and their families. Read more
"Living Out the Gospel: An Asian American Equipping Symposium"
November 2 and 3
Jonathan Tran, ethics professor of Baylor University, will speak, with responses from Fuller faculty and breakout sessions led by Asian American ministry leaders. Read more
Inaugural Brehm Center Lecture Series
November 3 and 4
This new series will include the following events:
"Just Art: The Place of Arts in the Ethical Formation of Christian Disciples"
November 3 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Theologian Nicholas Wolterstorff and artist-scholar Marcia McFee will offer lectures and dialogue. The event will also be streamed live online, with interaction via Twitter. Read more
"Jubilate! An Ancient-Future Concert Mass"
November 3 7:30-9:00 p.m.
The Fuller Vocal Ensemble will offer the debut performance of this original composition by Ed Willmington, with choreography by Marcia McFee. Read more
November 4 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Chapel will feature an address by Dr. Wolterstorff, choreography by McFee, and a reprise of a portion of Willmington's Mass.
Rev. Graham Cray, former Anglican bishop and U.K. missional church leader, will speak as follows:
10:00 a.m. Chapel service: "Cross-Shaped Mission"
3:00 p.m. Lecture: "Turning the Ocean Liner: Perspectives from the Fresh Expressions Movement in the U.K."
4:45 p.m. Panel discussion
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-584-5265
Watch for additional details on the SIS homepage
To see additional upcoming events for alumni/ae and the larger community, visit Fuller's online calendar.
UPCOMING EVENTS: FULLER'S REGIONAL CAMPUSES
Preaching with Passion Conference
January 19-21, 2010
Save the date: The next Lloyd John Ogilvie Preaching with Passion Conference will be held in the Phoenix area, at Paradise Valley Presbyterian Church. More information: email@example.com
Movie and Discussion Nights
October 18 and November 15 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The ten-part series "The Decalogue" is being screened and discussed, with each installment depicting a modern interpretation of one of the Ten Commandments. Come to one or both nights. Read more
Fuller Supper Club: Persia/Iran
November 19 6:00-8:00 p.m.
First in a new series of quarterly supper clubs for alumni/ae and students, this event will feature Pastor Mansour Khajehpour speaking on Persia/Iran--history, current events, and state of the church. Read more
Fuller California Coast:
Theology, Economics, Race: A Discussion
October 16 6:00 p.m.
A discussion on the church's response to race and economics issues will include viewing a video of Bill Moyers's interview of activist Cornel West and others, followed by discussion. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-975-0775
Conversations on Culture: Liturgy and Eucharist--Reclaiming Our Connection to the Ancient Church
October 22 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Father Peter Hickman, pastor of St. Matthew's Church in Orange, California, will speak on how the Eucharist informs both worship and mission. Read more
Sacred Space: Discerning the Call to Ministry--Hope for the Journey
November 13 6:15-9:30 p.m.
Director Mike McNichols will lead a conversation about vocation and call, accompanied by worship, conversation, prayer, and a light meal. Read more
Fuller Northern California:
"Discover Fuller" in Sacramento
October 22 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Invite your friends to learn about Fuller's Sacramento campus at this casual event with students, professors, and staff members available to answer questions. Read more
Thanks and congratulations to the following alumni whose publications have been donated to our Alumni/ae Bookshelf:
Steve deClaisse-Walford (MAT '87).Mission as Holistic Ministry: Developing a Congregational Ethos of Community Engagement. Smyth & Helwys Publishing Inc, 2008.
James R. Nikkel (DMin '82).Church Planting Road Map. Self published, 2004.
John Wigger (MAT '82).American Saint: Francis Asbury & the Methodists. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Spiritual Exploration Class Offered
October 24 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (first of 10 monthly meetings)
This program for Fuller alumni/ae and students will help participants explore the movement of God in their lives in a small group setting. Sponsored by Fuller and Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. Read more
United Nations Day Festival
The United Nations Association of Pasadena will sponsor this event featuring a global marketplace, silent auction, and luncheon honoring humanitarian Marvin Schachter. Read more
Fuller Texas Director to Speak in Iowa
Andy Dearman, director and associate dean for Fuller Texas and professor of Old Testament, will deliver the Tollefson Lectures at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. More information:email@example.com or 281-854-2181
Fuller's Mark Labberton to Speak in Danville, California
November 15 6:00-7:15 p.m.
Mark Labberton, Fuller's Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching, will speak at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Open to the public. Read more
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