Wednesday, November 6, 2013
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Sanctuary, First United Methodist Church
500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish, Korean & American Sign Language
동시통역 이용 가능---서반어, 한국어, 미국수화
Interpretación simultanea disponible en español, coreano y lenguaje de señas americano

This academic symposium will engage the community in a compelling conversation about the great joys and challenges of God’s people and of the world today.

Meet the Panelists


  • Brenda Salter McNeil
    Brenda Salter McNeil is an author and speaker with over 25 years of ministry experience in the field of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. She is the president and founder of Salter McNeil & Associates, a Christian company whose mission is to produce interculturally competent leaders on college campuses, in churches, and in organizations around the world. Dr. Salter McNeil earned her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from North Park University. Together with her husband, Derek, and their two children, she lives in Seattle where she is also a teaching pastor at Quest Church, an urban, multiethnic, multigenerational church that strives to be an incarnational presence in a postmodern and post-church culture.
  • Aaron Graham
    Aaron Graham serves as lead pastor of the District Church in the heart of our nation's capital. The District Church is a quickly growing church with a heart to grow and multiply leaders who have a heart for the city. Before moving to Washington DC, Aaron started the Quincy Street Missional Church in a low-income neighborhood of Boston, where he served for five years. Most recently, Aaron worked as the Justice Revival Director for Sojourners. He is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School and is finishing up a doctorate at Fuller Seminary. Aaron and his wife, Amy, live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC with their two adopted children, Elijah and Natalie.
  • Tod Bolsinger
    Tod Bolsinger has been senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California, since 1997. Previously he served for ten years at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Tod earned his PhD in Theology and a Master of Divinity from Fuller. He speaks and consults with church, organizational, and business leadership groups with TAG Consulting and also teaches at Fuller Seminary and Denver Seminary. Tod's wife, Beth, is a marriage and family counselor in private practice, and they have two teenage children, Brooks and Ali.
  • Elizabeth Sendek
    Elizabeth Sendek has been a member of the faculty of the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (SBC) since 1993, teaching in the Biblical Studies department. In 2007 she became academic vice president and in 2010 was appointed president. She is the author of several articles, an introductory Greek grammar for Spanish speaking seminary students, and a commentary on the Gospel of John soon to be published. She and her husband, Don, serve in Colombia under the auspices of Latin America Mission (LAM). Elizabeth studied business administration in Colombia and earned an MA in Biblical Studies at New College Berkeley.
  • David Zac Niringiye
    David Zac Niringiye is a pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer advocating for peace in Northern Uganda and promoting governmental reform. He is a lecturer at the Human Rights and Peace Center of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University; serves on various boards, including chairing the National Governing Council for Uganda's African Peer Review Mechanism; and supports the efforts of various non-governmental organizations advocating for children, education, employment, health care, and government reform. Previously, he was ordained by the Church of Uganda as Assistant Bishop for the Kampala Diocese and in 2012 left this position to enter a new season of ministry focused on advocacy for peace and justice. Zac earned his BSC at Makerere University, an MA from Wheaton College, and a PhD from Edinburgh University in Theology and Mission History.
  • Anne Zaki
    Anne Zaki has been a member of the teaching staff of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo since 2011, teaching courses on Gospel Communication and the Theology and Practice of Worship. In 2013 she also joined the staff of Calvin Institute of Christian Worship where she organizes and presents at worship symposia overseas, providing global worship resources and educating the North American church about worship worldwide. Anne received her bachelor's degree from Calvin College in psychology and sociology, her master's degree from The American University in Cairo in the field of social psychology, and her Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. Her husband is Naji Umran, and they are the parents of four sons, Jonathan, Sebastian, Emmanuel, and Alexander.
  • Bishop John Chew
    John Chew was consecrated and installed as the eighth Bishop of Singapore in 2000 and the third Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia in 2006. He retired in October 2012, but continues to serve as a leader in a number of organizations, including Global South (Anglican) Primates' Network; Fellowship of Evangelical Students, Singapore; as Hon. President of the Bible Society of Singapore; Vice President of United Bible Societies; Advisor to the Chinese Church Committee, National Council of Churches of Singapore; and Advisor to the Prisons Fellowship of Singapore. Bishop Chew holds a doctoral degree in Old Testament Studies from the University of Sheffield. He is married to Christina and they have one son.
  • Hak Joon Lee
    Hak Joon Lee is professor of Theology and Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Lee came to Fuller with 17 years of teaching experience at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Drew University, and New York Theological Seminary and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 2007, Lee founded G2G Christian Education Center, a research institute on Asian American Christianity and culture, and published the first systematic curriculum for Korean-American youth. In 2011 Lee delivered the Schaff Lectures at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary under the title "God and Globalization."
  • Juan Martinez
    Juan Martínez is Associate Provost for Diversity and International Programs and Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also served as director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community since 2001. Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. Currently he is involved in a research project on Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California.


Makoto Fujimura - Tears of Christ

Why This Artwork?


I am drawn to abstract art, and love the work of master artist Makoto Fujimura, whose "Tears of Christ" we are privileged to represent here. When I first saw this piece, and learned its title, I was deeply moved by the profound layers of beauty and suffering embodied in it. What appealed to me was the vivid intensity of it, the expression that portrays not a two-dimensional caricature of the core event of our faith, but a rich, multi-layered experience of beauty, imagination, empathy, compassion, and hope. That's quite a lot for one painting to contain.

When Mako started painting in traditional Nihonga tradition, "beauty" was not a word spoken in the world of art without contempt; yet he eschewed the fleeting enthusiasms of that trend and built his work with his soul as guide. This, to me, is clearly evident in this painting which merges so beautifully our shared faith and the richly layered beauty therein. I am so happy that we are able to use it for all the printed materials relating to my inauguration as the fifth president of Fuller Theological Seminary. I can think of no more elegant companion to my inaugural theme to "have this mind among you" (Philippians 2:1-11), than this, and I am grateful to my friend Mako for the gift of its use.

More from the artist »


Makoto Fujimura

Charis-Kairos (The Tears of Christ)


80" x 64", Mineral Pigments, Gold on Belgium Linen

Painting from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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