Variety of lectures, seminars, celebrations, and installation of a new provost marked the year
A wide range of events took place at Fuller
in 2011, from the installation of a new provost to film screenings, seminars, and
lectures by such notable guest speakers as theologian N. T. Wright and former
Mexico president Vicente Fox. The following—not a fully exhaustive list—offers
a glimpse into the variety and extent of the events happening at Fuller last
year. (Location was Pasadena unless otherwise indicated.)
C. Douglas McConnell
McConnell spoke on “Our Hopes and Fears” at this special service installing him
as Fuller’s new provost, followed by a celebratory luncheon.
Festival of Beginnings (September)
annual worship service and outdoor reception kicked off the 2011-2012 academic
year, with President Richard J. Mouw introducing the new campuswide theme,
Fuller hosted its 62nd all-seminary
commencement ceremony at Lake Avenue Church, with 500 graduating students
walking the stage out of more than 800 receiving degrees.
with John Goldingay (June)
David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament John Goldingay was speaker
for last year's Baccalaureate service honoring 2010-2011 graduates.
Ceremony Honoring Sherwood Lingenfelter (April)
At this faculty-staff awards convocation, Dr.
Lingenfelter was honored for his many contributions to Fuller as he approached
the conclusion of his service as provost.
Reception Honoring Jack and
Sally Samuelson (April)
reception celebrated the gift and transfer of trustee Jack and Sally
Samuelson’s La Canada home to Fuller Seminary.
Service for Scott and Jean Adam (March)
A memorial service was held at Fuller’s Pasadena
campus for alumnus Scott Adam (MDiv ’00, ThM ’10) and his wife, Jean, who were
slain along with two friends by Somali pirates.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Leslie D. Callahan, pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, spoke
at a chapel service celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
LIFE and MINISTRY
with Passion" Conference in Washington DC (October)
conference for church leaders led by renowned preacher John Lloyd Ogilvie was
held in Washington DC.
the Church for the 21st Century" (October)
In this one-day seminar, missional church leader Alan Hirsch explored four
areas that require paradigm shifts for churches to engage 21st-century
Faith” Discussions with Kara Powell (throughout
Colorado Springs, Colorado, Santa Barbara, California, and other locations,
Fuller Youth Institute Director Kara Powell spoke on ways to help kids stick
with their faith through the teen and college years.
Priority and Practice of Discipleship"(July)
Fuller faculty members William Pannell and Mark Lau Branson spoke at
this seminar for pastors in Oakland, California, cosponsored by Fuller Northern
Conversations: “Slow Food, Slow Church”(July)
Fuller Texas organized this discussion about the lessons Christians might
learn from the “slow food” movement’s principles of sustainability, local
support, and community.
Spiritualities in the American Church” (June)
Authors and cultural commentators Tony Jones, Phyllis Tickle, and Lauren
Winner discussed spirituality and changes in the American church.
Waters” Preaching and Justice Conference (May)
This conference for church leaders, sponsored by Fuller’s Ogilvie
Institute, featured Professor Mark Labberton, International Justice Mission's
Gary Haugen, authors Eric Metaxas and Brenda Salter McNeil, and other notable
Photo at right: Labberton (left) and Haugen
Conference in Seattle (March)
“Making Spiritual Meaning in the Chaos of Change”
was the theme for this Fuller Northwest conference featuring faculty members
Mark Labberton, Chap Clark, Carolyn Gordon, and
Todd Billings on Incarnational Ministry (February)
Billings, associate professor of reformed theology at Western Theological
Seminary, spoke on incarnational ministry with Fuller ethics professor Glen
American Pastors' Brunch (February)
“The Black Church: Dead or Alive?” was the subject of this brunch
featuring former African American Church Studies Director Ralph Watkins and
Associate Professor of Communication Carolyn Gordon
Preaching with Passion
Conference in Texas (January)
Fuller Texas hosted this
“Preaching with Passion” conference in Houston, led by renowned preacher John
Ministry Enrichment Seminars (throughout
Field Education Office offered many of these practical seminars throughout the
year on such topics as Self-Care for Pastors; Women in Pastoral Ministry;
Pastoral Care of Military Veterans; Helping Those with Mental Illness in the
Church; Ministry and Marriage; Legal Issues in Church Counseling; and other
issues that commonly arise in church ministry.
with Dr. Mouw in Chicago (November)
“Catholics and Evangelicals: How Much Common Ground?” featured discussion
between Dr. Mouw and Fr. Donald Senior, president of Catholic Theological
Signing with Dr. Mouw in Michigan (October)
Dr. Mouw discussed and signed his new book, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal
Introduction, at this event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dialogue on Israel (June)
“Searching for Common Ground: Christians and Jews
Talk About Israel” was the focus for this latest in a series of ongoing
interfaith dialogues featuring Dr. Mouw and Rabbi Mark Diamond, executive
director of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, as lead speakers. At right: attendees engage in dialogue
by Homosexuality: Pastoral Tools for Mediation and Dialogue” (April)
Sponsored by Fuller student group Peace and Justice
Advocates, this panel discussion included Evergreen Baptist Pastor Ken Fong,
clinical psychologist Paul W. Clement, and others.
Lunch on Interfaith Dialogue in Bay Area (March)
Dr. Mouw spoke on "Interfaith Dialogue: Making the Most of
Conversations with Non-Christians and Christians from other Traditions" at
this luncheon held in Walnut Creek, California.
Hierarchy and the Future of the Church" with Tony Jones (March)
Author and cultural commentator Tony Jones spoke on
this topic in an evening discussion sponsored by the Lowell Berry Center for
with Francis Bridger (February)
ecclesiastical professor of Anglican studies at Fuller, spoke on “A House
Permanently Divided? Sexuality, Conflict, and the Future of Anglicanism.”
Film Screening and Discussion (February)
A pre-release screening of major motion picture The Adjustment Bureau was followed by an
interreligious panel discussing issues of fate and free will.
on Culture” with Eddie Gibbs (February)
Senior Professor Eddie Gibbs discussed how megatrends shape Christian community
at this event, part of Fuller California Coast’s ongoing “Conversations on
on Culture” on C. S. Lewis (January)
Professor Nate Feldmeth
discussed C. S. Lewis and Voyage of the Dawn Treader at this Fuller California Coast gathering.
and CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES
Immigration and the Bible (November)
Daniel Carroll Rodas, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver
Seminary, addressed “Migration in the Bible and its Relevance for Today” in
this two-day lecture series.
Hope after Japan’s Tsunami (October)
Sato, senior pastor of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church in Fukushima,
Japan, shared a talk entitled “From Tragedy To Hope: Missiological Reflections
on the Tragedy in Japan.”
Visiting Leaders from China
on the Future of the Church (October)
Fu Xianwei, chairperson of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant
Churches in China, spoke, along with several other distinguished guests from
China, at a luncheon event. They were part of a visiting delegation of 13
church, seminary, and government leaders from China.
Dialogue and Luncheon with
SARA Leaders (July)
Minister of China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) Zhang
Lebin spoke, along with Dr. Mouw, at this presentation on religion and social
services, followed by a luncheon. Mr. Zhang was accompanied by a 23-member
delegation of SARA leaders.
in a Post-American World" (April)
The Center for
Missiological Research hosted a panel discussion on this topic with faculty
members Douglas McConnell, Bryant Myers, Carolyn Gordon, and Grace Dyrness.
on Korea-Japan Reconciliation (April)
Moto Nomuraof Japan shared
about his ministry of reconciliation between the Korean and Japanese people
through an outreach in the Cheonggyecheon slum of Seoul, South Korea.
of Cape Town 2010 (March) Launching the Brehm Center's 10th anniversary year, this event celebrated
highlights from the October 2010 Lausanne World Missions Congress in Cape Town,
Evangelism Conference (March) Fuller and Chosen People Ministries cosponsored this three-day conference
exploring issues related to sharing the gospel with the Jewish community.
American Symposium (February) "Living Out the Gospel: Asian American History--The Lost Coin"
was the theme for this two-day symposium sponsored by the Institute for the
Study of Asian American Christianity.
SCIENCE and FAITH
Hauerwas on "Why Habit Matters" (May)
This was one of two talks on "Understanding Virtue: Bridging
Neuroscience and Philosophy" cosponsored by Fuller's School of Psychology
and the California Institute of Technology. The second, held at Caltech,
featured neuroscientist Christian Keysers.
of Psychology Research Presentations (May)
Faculty and students presented and discussed the different research
projects being pursued in the School of Psychology and Travis Research
Creation, and the Bible: Reconciling Rival Theories of Origins" (May)
This Fuller California Coast event featured biblical scholar Tremper
Longman discussing ways to reconcile the seeming conflict between scientific and
biblical accounts of creation.
Hauerwas at Integration Symposium (February)
"God and Mental Illness" was this year’s topic with speaker
Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke
University Divinity School. Photo at right: Dr. Hauerwas
Neuropsychological Society Dinner (February)
Warren Brown, director of the Travis Research Institute, spoke at this
dinner for alumni and friends held during the INS annual meeting in Boston,
of Psychology Research Colloquia (throughout the
The School of Psychology offered research colloquia each quarter throughout the
year, with guest lecturers discussing a variety of topics such as Understanding and Preventing Adolescent
Substance Use, New Research on
Combat-Related Moral Injury, Families and Faith Across Generations, and many others.
JUSTICE and PEACEMAKING
Peacemakers from the Holy Land (December)
This discussion, “After the Arab Spring and Protests in Israel: Toward a New
Reality in the Middle East,” was cosponsored by Fuller’s Just Peacemaking
Forum with Joseph Montville
Montville of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
at George Mason University spoke at this forum hosted by student group Peace
and Justice Advocates.
Fair Trade Christmas Market
second annual Alternative Christmas Market held at the Pasadena campus featured
fair trade items for sale by more than 20 vendors and nonprofit agencies from
across the Los Angeles area.
Dr. Mouw on Peace and
the first in a series of weekly forums organized by student group Peace and
Justice Advocates, Dr. Mouw spoke on “The Value of Pursuing Peace and Justice
from a Christian Perspective.”
Children and Mission (October)
Scott, associate director of the Center for Missiological Research, gave a
lecture at Fuller Southwest titled "Not Just Sentimentality: Why Kids Must
Be a Bigger Priority in our Missions Efforts."
Conference on Peacemaking in
Bryant Myers, Congo church leader Kisongo Mbeleulu, and others discussed ways
to promote the practice of peacemaking across the African continent.
Ministry Series: "A Spirituality for the City" (July)
This concluding event in Fuller Northwest’s 2010-2011 urban ministry series
featured speakers from St. Leo's Jesuit Parish and the Catholic Worker
Community in Tacoma.
Engaging Society for the Common Good" (May)
Jeff Carr, Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,
talked about ways churches can make an impact in their surrounding
Mouw on Bin Laden’s Death (May)
In this forum sponsored by Fuller’s Peace and
Justice Advocates, Dr. Mouw offered comments and led discussion on Christian
responses to Osama Bin Laden’s death.
Future of Social Justice Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation” (April)
This lecture, also sponsored by Peace and Justice
Advocates, was given by Adam Taylor, author and vice president for advocacy at World
Desert Forum with Dudley Woodberry (March)
"Toward an Understanding of Recent Events in the Middle East"
was Dr. Woodberry's topic at this luncheon in Palm Desert.
Urban Ministry Series:
“Repairing the Social Fabric of the City”(January)
This lecture in Fuller
Northwest’s urban ministry series featured Joe Chrastil and Christa Mazzone
Palmberg of Sound Alliance discussing community organizing principles.
Peace and Justice Advocates
(PJA) Events (throughout the year)
student-led group sponsored many additional open forums throughout the year on
such topics as interfaith dialogue, educational justice, agricultural ethics,
faith-rooted community organizing, Israel and Palestine, environmental and social justice issues for
Native Americans, and many others.
N. T. Wright Lectures in
Testament scholar N. T. Wright gave two lectures sponsored by Fuller in
Sacramento, drawing 450 for one talk and more than 700 for the other. An alumni
reception with Bishop Wright followed the lectures.
Photo at right: Bishop Wright
in the Rocks: Genesis and the Age of the Earth” (October)
this Fuller Texas event, University of Tulsa professor and geologist Ken
Wolgemuth spoke about the geology of God’s creation.
End of the World As We Know It" (October)
Professor Nate Feldmeth led this discussion considering end times predictions
from a biblical and historical perspective.
on Culture: "Living as People of the End" (October)
Professor J. Daniel Kirk
spoke as part of this Fuller California Coast series on what the coming age is
supposed to look like, and what our role might be in taking hold of our future.
Peter Rollins on Idols and
writer and theologian Rollins offered a provocative look at Christianity in
this talk based on concepts from his new book Insurrection.
Scot McKnight on Women in
North Park University’s Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, offered
a lecture entitled "Junia Is Not Alone in the Church," sponsored by
the Lowell W. Berry Center for Lifelong Learning.
Lectures with Bernard McGinn (April)
Dr. McGinn, professor emeritus of historical theology at
the University of Chicago Divinity School, spoke on "Lambs Wading
and Elephants Swimming: Two Lectures on the Mystical Interpretation of the
University’s John Witte on Marriage (February)
“Marriage: Contract or Covenant?” was the topic of
this lecture given by John Witte Jr., the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law at Emory
Harinck on the Barmen Declaration (February)
Dr. Harinck, professor of history and archivist at
the Free University of Amsterdam, gave a talk on this 1934 document that called
for resistance to the theological claims of the Nazi state.
Weekly Chapels (throughout the year)
Wednesday morning chapel services in Pasadena
featured a range of voices speaking on theology and life, including those of
distinguished preacher Lloyd John Ogilvie,Chosen People Ministries President Mitch
Glaser, Fuller President Richard Mouw and Provost Doug McConnell, and faculty
members such as Mark Labberton, Carolyn Gordon, Todd Johnson, Eddie Gibbs, and
Virtual Discussion with
Professors on Ustream.tv (throughout the year)
Mouw and professors Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Clay Schmit, Daniel Kirk, and
Christopher Hays were among those who each
hosted a live, online speaking and question-and-answer hour via Ustream.tv,
allowing anyone with an internet connection to attend.
Brehm Lectures: Connecting
Prophecy and Art (November)
Divinity School Old Testament scholar Ellen F. Davis and artist Makoto Fujimura
spoke together on “The Art of Prophecy, the Prophecy of Art,” the theme for
this year’s two-day Brehm Lectures.
At right: Davis and Fujimura
Concert and Sing-along (December)
“Fill the Night” was the theme for this musical holiday gathering cosponsored
by the School of Theology Graduate Union and Brehm Center.
Vocal Ensemble Spring Concert (June)
Celebrating the Brehm Center's 10th anniversary theme, "Engaging the
Senses," this choral concert featured works by composers Byrd, Rutter,
Part, Whitacre, and others.
Images in Interfaith Settings (May)
The Brehm Center's Visual Faith Institute discussed findings on
"Living Images: The Visual Culture of Islam and Buddhism in Los
Angeles" at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.
Stage Production (May)
The Fuller Company staged four well-received performances of Eleemosynary,
a theatrical play on the complexity, joys, struggles, and humor of family
Master's Thesis Projects (May)
This exhibition and reception showcased the work of students completing
degrees emphasizing theology and art or worship, theology, and the arts.
with Sara Groves (May)
As an extension of the Mighty Waters preaching conference, recording
artist Sara Groves led an evening of worship, with Gary Haugen speaking.
Conversations: “Remix as Redemption” (May)
This gathering hosted by Fuller Texas focused on popular music, film,
art, culture, and the concept of taking something bad and transforming it into
Deum” Premieres in Texas and California (April & May)
Premiere performances of Te Deum, the
first concert work commissioned by Fuller’s Fred Bock Institute of Music, were
given in Newport Beach, California, and in the Houston area by the Texas Master
Brunch on the Arts (April)
Brehm Center Academic
Director Clay Schmit and sculptor Chris Slatoff addressed the topic “Too Deep for Words: Using Art in Ministry.”
Christ Superstar" Production (April)
Fuller's Brehm Center
co-produced this musical performance with Glendale Presbyterian Church.
Festival of the Arts (April)
This weeklong festival
sponsored by the Fuller Arts Collective focused on art and technology, and
culminated in a well-attended gallery opening and performance night at Judson
Studios in Highland Park.
Colored Girls" Stage Reading (March)
The student-led Writer's Staff collaborative at Fuller presented a
reading of "For Colored Girls," a play/choreopoem by Ntozake Shange.
Hearts, Creating Art” Worship Conference (February)
This year’s Brehm Center conference for worship
leaders featured popular musicians Tommy Walker and Ken Medema, and John
Witvliet of the Calvin Institute of Music speaking on music and the Psalms
Jurors" Performances (February)
The Fuller Company
offered four performances of this award-winning play, sponsored by the Brehm
Center in association with the Fuller
Arts Collective and All-Seminary Council.
Theology" with William Dyrness (January)
Professor Bill Dyrness
discussed his new book, Poetic Theology, along with
guest faculty member John Witvliet of the Calvin Institute for Christian
Imagination and Faith (January)
University Professor of Anthropology Tanya Luhrmann presented on the topic “The
Vineyard Imagination” in a conversation on theology and art
Art Gallery Reception (January)
A reception celebrated
the opening of a new exhibit in the Hubbard Library, "The Narrative of
Life: A Response to the Brehm Lectures."
and Discussion: “Our House” (November)
Reel Spirituality hosted a screening of this film about a Christian’s
radical life of community, followed by a discussion with director Greg King.
Screening on North Korea (November)
LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), a grassroots organization addressing the North
Korea human rights crisis, offered a viewing and discussion of its documentary Hiding:
The Final Cut.
Master’s Class (November)
Screenwriter and instructor Laurie Hutzler led this two-day course
cosponsored by Reel Spirituality and Christian film networking group Act One.
“Theodicy at the Movies” (September-December)
series sponsored by Fuller Texas looked at “theodicy,” or the problem of evil,
through the screening of a different film each month followed by a time for
dialogue on the issue.
and Discussion: "Eggsploitation" (November)
documentary about bioethics and the infertility industry was viewed and
discussed at an event sponsored by the ASC Women and Gender Committee.
and Discussion: "Miss Representation" (May)
Reel Spirituality sponsored a showing of this award-winning documentary
on the portrayal of women in the media, with a panel discussion following.
Area Windrider Film Forum (April)
After debuting in the Bay Area last year, this three-day film forum was
held again in Atherton, California, with screenings and panel conversations offered
on a range of independent films.
Spirituality Conference 2011 (April)
"Death of the
Critic...Rise of 30 Million Critics?" was the theme for this seminar, in
which a panel of notable film critics and academicians explored the role of the
critic in film and television.
Screening and Discussion: “Dropping In—The Don Wimmer Story” (April)
The Brehm Center’s Reel Spirituality Initiative hosted a screening and discussion
of this documentary about a businessman who pursued his dream of professional
Screening with Chap Clark and Ralph Winter (February)
Fuller Associate Provost Chap Clark and film producer Ralph Winter
screened and spoke about the religiously themed "Grilled Cheesus"
episode of the hit show Glee.
and Discussion: “41st & Central:
The Untold Story of the Black Panthers” (February)
The Brehm Center and Reel Spirituality Initiative hosted this screening
and panel discussion about the Los Angeles Black Panthers in honor of Black
Radical Affirmationist" Leadership Briefing (November) Pastor and ministry
strategist Doug Stevens guided this interactive seminar in North Bend,
Washington, for church leaders
on Vocation and Spiritual Formation (November)
This teaching retreat in Seattle with Gordon T.
Smith, president of reSource Leadership International and Regent College
faculty member, was cosponsored by Fuller Northwest.
Luncheons in Seattle (October-December)
Fuller Northwest launched this brown-bag lunch series in October, with
associate provost Chap Clark and adjunct professor Brad Hill leading discussion
on various topics of interest.
Lectures: "The Seduction of Modern Philosophy" (October)
New Testament Instructor Phuc Luu spoke at this Fuller Texas event as part of
the “Paideia Lectures” series,
designed to encourage and equip pastors and other ministry leaders.
Creek Leadership Summit (August)
The Willow Creek Satellite Leadership Summit was
again held at Fuller this year via live streaming video, drawing a diversity of
participants to Fuller’s Pasadena campus.
Ministry Series: “Leadership for the City” (May)
This talk in Fuller Northwest's Urban Ministry Series featured speakers
from Tacoma, Washington’s Northwest Leadership Foundation.
Leadership: Gifts, Conflict, and Leadership in God's Church" (April, October)
Menlo Park Presbyterian
Church’s Leadership Development Director Nancy Ortberg and Family Life Pastor
Jim Candy discussed this topic at seminars in Pasadena and in Northern
Fox at Fuller (March)
The former president of Mexico drew a
standing-room-only crowd in Travis Auditorium as he offered a talk on
leadership, faith, and democracy in Latin America and throughout the
At right: President Fox
at AAR/SBL in San Francisco (November)
Dr. Mouw spoke at this breakfast for alumni held at the annual meeting of the
American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.
Gatherings with Rob Johnston (October)
Discussion events on film and faith with Professor of Theology and Culture
Robert K. Johnston were held for alumni and friends in Portland, Seattle, and
Cormode in London (October)
Alumni and friends in the greater London area gathered to hear Dr. Cormode
speak on “Making Promises and Making Sense: The Work of Christian Leaders.”
Gathering at APA Convention in Washington DC (July/August)
Alumni and friends came
together for a dinner with School of Psychology Dean Winston Gooden during the
American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington DC.
Dinner in Israel (July)
Alumni came together for
a dinner in Jerusalem with Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics Glen Stassen,
as Dr. Stassen was leading a Just Peacemaking tour in the area.
Dinner at UMC Annual Meeting (June)
Alumni and friends were invited to a dinner with Professor Scott Cormode
in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Cal-Pacific Region of the United
Methodist Church in Redlands, California.
Dinner in Washington DC (February)
Dr. Mouw spoke on “Christian Leadership in Public Life” at this dinner
for alumni and friends held in conjunction with the National Prayer Breakfast.
Alumni Gathering in
McConnell spoke on "Globalization as a Missional Force" at this
gathering for Fuller alumni and friends in the Phoenix area.
Alumni Reception in Grand
Rapids, Michigan (January)
Professor Todd Johnson spoke at this alumni gathering held in tandem with the
Calvin College Worship Conference.
Auxiliary Luncheon (November)
This fundraising luncheon featured brief talks from student scholarship
recipients and new provost Doug McConnell.
Family activities including games, face painting, pony rides and a hay ride
were on offer at this community gathering organized by Fuller’s Office of
"School of Colors" Block Party & Open House (October)
Live bands, dancers, a culinary bake-off, family games and more were part of
this event hosted by students and offering information from departments across
Fuller in Pasadena
Collegiate Field Tournament (April)
team from Fuller tied for first place in this annual tournament, a friendly
field game competition with five other Pasadena institutions of higher
learning, including Caltech and Pasadena City College. At right: Fuller's team celebrates victory