From a medieval city on a hilltop in Italy to the biblical lands of Israel and Jordan, immersion courses at Fuller take you "on location" for study, transforming your learning experience. Course material presented in lectures and readings takes on new meaning as you relate it directly to your surroundings through activities and experiences that engage all your senses. Usually taught in a short-term, intensive format, immersion courses allow you to dive deep.

Experiencing the Land of the Bible


This course will bring the Bible alive in a new way by introducing you to the sites where biblical events took place-from the archaeological remains of Old Testament kingdoms to the locations of Jesus' ministry. The trip will also include some introduction to the modern state of Israel and the Middle Eastern political situation.

The Bible takes on new dimensions and deeper meaning when you visit the Holy Land. This trip will enhance not only your proclamation, but also your personal understanding. It's one thing to teach or preach the Bible through study of the text, and quite another to be able to describe the land where it was written from firsthand experience.

Trip is open to Fuller students, alumni, spouses, and staff. Since space is limited, priority will be given to current students who enroll in the associated course, OT576.

Faculty and Areas of Emphasis



Chris Hays

D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Marianne Meye Thompson

George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament


Arrive: No later than June 22 (Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv; abbrev.: TLV)


  • Mt. Of Olives
  • Gethsemane
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Cardo/Broad Wall/First Temple Museum
  • Temple Mount
  • Western Wall
  • Southern Steps/Jerusalem Archaeological Park
  • City of David/Hezekiah's Tunnel/Pool of Siloam
  • Kotel Tunnel
  • Israel Museum/Bible Lands Museum
  • Yad Vashem
  • Tower of David
  • Suq
  • St. Anne's Church
  • Pools of Bethesda
  • Mt. Scopus


  • Caesarea Maritima
  • Tel Dan
  • Boat Ride on Galilee (+ Nof Ginosar)
  • Mt. of Beatitudes
  • Capernaum
  • Caesarea Philippi/Banias
  • Beth Shean
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth Village/Basilica of the Annunciation
  • Sepphoris
  • Samaria (Nablus/Sebastiya)/Shechem/Jericho

Dead Sea

  • Masada
  • En Gedi/Nahal David
  • Qumran
  • Jordan River Baptismal Site
  • Dead Sea Spa


  • Church of the Nativity
  • Herodion
  • Lachish/Arad
  • Tel Beer Sheva

Fly out: July 5 or 6 from TLV


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January 26 - February 1, 2015

Experience the Sundance Film Festival with Fuller Theological Seminary and the Windrider Forum as part of the Brehm Center's Sundance Experience. Engage with culture-makers of the cinema in a community of believers. Learn to better dialogue with the world of cinema and the world at large. Spend a week you'll never forget in Park City. In a past issue, Relevant Magazine wrote an article on our Sundance course with a wonderful description of what we do at the Sundance Film Festival and why we do it - to engage "with culture-makers of the cinema in a community of believers."

The Windrider Forum at Park City is a graduate level course offered for credit by Fuller Theological Seminary, TC588 Engaging Independent Film. It is a chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premiere film festival in the US. And, it is a chance to live, eat and breathe a full banquet of experiences related to theology and culture. The 2014 year was the 10th year for the Windrider Forum at Sundance. From our humble beginnings in 2005, the participants from Fuller and our various undergrad partners have grown to become the largest ticket purchasing block at Sundance. We’d love to have you join us as we begin our second decade at Sundance!

Tuition: $1480.00 for TC588 Engaging Independent Film Course

Windrider Forum at Sundance registration fee: $325.00 for all credit students.

Windrider Forum Fee Only: $925.00 for all non-academic credit participants.


Sundance Professor

Dr. Kutter Callaway will be the professor for this experience. He is currently the Director of Church Relations for Fuller and an Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. Kutter developed the online Moodle component of this course, has taught Fuller’s Theology and Film course, and is a Sundance veteran.

Trip Information

Schedule Details

A reception and orientation will begin on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4:00pm. The course will conclude at 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 1, 2015 with a closing worship service. The daily schedule from Tuesday-Saturday will be determined once the schedule of Sundance films are released. Anticipate a full schedule. We want you to be completely immersed in the Sundance experience. There will be a variety of events (film screenings, filmmaker Q&A, panel discussions, background lectures, group discussions, etc.) planned each day from 9:00 am until late at night.

Film Festival Tickets

Ticket packages for the Film Festival range from $700 to $2500. We will be purchasing blocks of tickets so that each student will be able to attend approximately ten Sundance films and/or special events. The cost of these tickets is built into the course costs. We will be identifying several films (from the 125+ films screened at Sundance) that will form a common experience for all students. Individual tickets will also be available (for an additional fee) for the true film junkies who decide to attend other screenings.

Class/Conference Venue.

The Branch (the local Vineyard church) and the Christian Center of Park City will be our daily classroom locations. Both are centrally located in Park City, walking distance from several of the major film venues for Sundance, and near a bus stop with access to all of the other venues. These locations will be the place we gather each day for course content and orientation to the day’s events. There will also be a number of meals and special events scheduled during the week.


The cost of hotel and condo options in Park City during the Film Festival is quite expensive ($200-500/night). In order to make this experience an affordable option for seminary students we have partnered with the several churches and the local LDS community and will be offering host family options for students who cannot afford the additional housing cost, or who would prefer staying with a local resident of the Park City area. There will be no additional cost for this housing option because of the gracious hospitality of these host families. If you choose, you may seek your own housing accommodations at a local hotel or condo.


Eating meals in restaurants in Park City during the Film Festival can be expensive and time consuming because of the long waits. However, there are also numerous inexpensive and convenient options available. Students will be on their own for most meals. You should plan on spending $25-40/day for meals.

Scheduling Flights and Ground Transportation

Students should plan to fly in and out at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Plan to arrive by 1:00 pm on Monday, January 26, and schedule your departing flight no earlier than 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 1st. Park City is approximately one hour from the SLC airport. Once we know about your travel plans we will coordinate the ground transportation options to and from Park City. With the local shuttle bus service you should not need to rent a car during your stay in Park City.

How to reserve a spot in this course

Space is limited in this course. To reserve your spot please email Will Stoller-Lee at with your basic contact information (name, address, phone #’s, email, and Fuller G#) by October 1st. This will insure that you receive important information about the course and regular updates about the logistical plans for the experience (travel, housing, tickets, etc.).


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March 17-21, 2015

We live in an age where popular music provides a "soundtrack" to our lives. This course will explore the theological implications of this cultural artifact, including an immersive exposure to the live music experience at the South by Southwest Festival. This course will explore the relationship between music makers and their audiences from a phenomenological and theological perspective.

Tuition Fee: $1480 for TC515 Hybrid Course that begins online and wraps up in Austin, TX.

Event Registration Fee: $325


Barry Taylor with Nate Risdon

Trip Information


Participants in this course will be provided lodging through host families. It is likely that you will be staying with at least one other student of the same gender. Students and participants are expected during the course of their stay to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s Community Standards. Host families may provide breakfast or transportation but are not required to do so.

You may also find your own accommodations. If you decide to find your own housing or plan on staying with friends or family, transportation to and from class will not be provided.


Please plan arriving on Monday, March 16, 2015. We will have a welcome dinner on Monday evening that you should plan on attending. Class will begin on Tuesday morning at 10:00am. You will be responsible for getting to the location of the dinner whether you are flying into Austin or driving.


To and from Austin

If coming from out of town, you are responsible to get to Austin. If flying by air, please make arrangements to fly in to the Austin Airport. If driving, please make note of the location of the church hosting the welcome dinner.

Additional Costs

Please budget for covering the cost of most of your meals and other incidentals.


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Please note that the Summer 2015 Orvieto immersion course is cancelled.

Sojourn to the quaint hilltop town of Orvieto, Italy. There you will live and study as a community in the historic San Lodovico Convent. The experience includes daily course gatherings, trips to a variety of medieval religious and artistic sites in Orvieto, as well as day trips to other cities in the surrounding area. Participants will be immersed in Italian culture, both present and past, giving them the opportunity to dive deeply and holistically into a rich feast of theology, spirituality, and art.

Since 2005, when Dr. Dyrness went to Orvieto with seven students, the Brehm Center has sponsored summer courses in Orvieto with housing in a local monastery. Until summer 2010, the program was sponsored in partnership with Gordon College. This is the eighth Orvieto program.

Time in Orvieto is truly a wonderful and unique experience of medieval architecture, spirituality, and culture. It is the perfect setting to explore the ancient influences and contemporary application of medieval spirituality, art, and theology.


Tuition fee: Not available at this time

Program fee: Not available at this time

Lodging: Not available at this time

Faculty and Course Description

Dr. William Dyrness will be teaching TC 519 with sculptor Christopher Slatoff. Chris will also lead the group in sculpting sessions to compliment what is being discussed in class and seen on the excursions around Orvieto, Siena and Assisi.

Course 1

TC519 Topics in Theology and the Visual Arts: Medieval Art and Theology

This course studies selected texts and artistic programs from the late medieval period, 1300–1500. Offered in Orvieto, Italy, it will feature in-depth study of Giotto’s “Life of St Francis” in the Upper Church of San Francesco in Assisi, Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “Good Government and Bad Government” in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena, and Signorelli’s fresco program in the Capella Nuova in Orvieto in the context of the theological and worship life of the late middle ages and early renaissance. Chris Slatoff will lecture on the sculpture programs of Nicholas Pisano and Lorenzo Maitani and lead the studio portion.

Course 2: TBD

You do not have to take both courses, but first priority is given to students taking both courses for credit. However, if you take one course for credit, you are required to audit the other course, since the instruction for both courses will be interwoven over the two weeks.

Trip Information

Travel Arrangements

We reserve lodging in advance. In addition, we arrange for a meal plan that covers most of the meals during those days. Bus transportation for field trips is arranged by the Brehm Center, and we also purchase admission to the cathedrals and museums that we visit on the trip. In Orvieto, a Brehm Center representative will also take passport copies to the local police station to register each participant as a “tourist”, in order to obtain a “permesso di soggiorno” (permit to stay) for each person.

Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements in and out of Rome, as well as purchase train tickets to and from Rome to Orvieto. If you decide to arrive early and/or stay after the program, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements.

We recommend that you fly into Rome, since it is 70 miles south of Orvieto. The Rome airport is often referred to as Fiumicino (FCO, official name is Leonardo da Vinci Airport.) You can buy a train ticket to Orvieto at the Rome airport. Tickets to Orvieto are more expensive if purchased elsewhere.

Lodging and Meals

Everyone enrolled in the classes will be staying at the same pre-designated location. A meal plan will be provided when the course is offered.

New York

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TC518: July 6-10, 2015

TC517: July 13-17, 2015

From art galleries to world-class theatre to music and culture from every corner of the globe, New York offers so many unexpected moments of beauty, faith, and wonder. Yet, New York is also city that juxtaposes its beauty with the countless noise, distraction, and isolation in one of the largest metropolitan cities.

To engage firsthand in what New York City has to teach artistically and theologically, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Brehm Center have developed two immersion courses for the 2015 Summer quarter. By engaging with the city, its people, and landscapes, these courses are designed to offer students and participants with an opportunity to engage in robust conversations with faculty, artists, and practitioners. By breaking down barriers between faith and art, the course goal is to form a natural, integrated perspective on what it means to be fully human, encouraging participants to consider their vocation and calling.


Tuition Fee: $1480 per course

Program Fee: $350 per course

Faculty and Course Description


Dr. Todd Johnson
Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary; Theological Director, Brehm Center

Dr. Eric Jacobsen
Adjunct Professor, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom (2003) and The Space Between (2012)

Dale Savidge
Adjunct Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary; Executive, Christians in the Theatre Arts; Director, Applied Theatre Center


Week 1

TC 518 Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
Instructors: Eric Jacobsen/Dale Savidge

This is a Master’s level course that will meet for one week in New York City, July 6-10. This course will explore the concept of Christian vocation. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, meaning to summon or call, from which we get the concept of receiving a calling. Reflecting on Biblical, theological and historical models of calling, students will explore the relationship between the individual, the community, and the grace of God related to vocation. Students will be exposed to a number of Christian artists living and working in New York, particularly those who are working in and with the arts community in Manhattan. The end result will be a honing of the student’s own understanding of vocation in their life and their tradition. The class will meet on-line both before and after our time together in New York City. Materials will be posted onto Moodle before the trip to help students prepare for their time in the city. Follow-up assignments will be made available online after the trip as a means of processing the experience in conjunction with the course material.

Week 2

TC517: Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
Instructor: Todd E. Johnson

This course is the introductory course for all students entering the Worship, Theology and the Arts (WTA) concentrations at the master’s level and introduces students to the methodology that will undergird their theological study of Christian worship, along with narrative, performing, and plastic arts. The course instruction includes an overview of Augustine’s De Magistro and De Doctrina Christina, discussing his assertion that all people communicate through signs, words, and gestures. This course will therefore explore methods of exegeting signs and gestures to supplement the exegesis of words. The courses core elements include: readings, lectures, interviews with artists, and experiential learning through ‘field trips’ to museums, theatres, etc. Class discussions and group and individual projects are also important components to the course.

Trip Information

Additional Costs

Airfare: $400-800 Round trip.


Students have the option of lodging at Hephzibah House at $60/night. There is limited capacity, so be sure reserve your space with the Brehm office. Participants are expected to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s community standards during the course of their stay. The lodging fee is non-refundable.

Please note, as a student you can choose to opt out of a home stay and find your own accommodations. If you chose to find our own housing or plan to stay with friends and/or family, transportation to and from the classroom will not be provided.

Ground Transportation

Plan on buying multiple ride MTA pass for subways and busses.

Classroom Location



To New York

Please plan arriving in New York by July 5 for TC518 and July 12 for TC517. Class will begin on Tuesday morning at on July 6 for course one and July 13 for course two.

Transportation in New York

From Hephzibah to classroom: You will be responsible for getting to and from the Hephzibah house to the classroom via public transportation. The Hephzibah house is conveniently located near several subway and bus stops. The location of the classroom space is still being determined and will be announced at a later date.

Important Dates

May 4, 2015: Deadline for reserving a bed at Hephzibah House. The rate is $60/night. Please calculate the total amount based on the number of nights you will be staying.

Los Angeles, CA

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MN536 Urban Immersion: Transforming The City with Professor Jude Tiersma-Watson

Summer 2016

This course is designed as an interactive, participatory learning immersion that will connect participants with the historical and contemporary socio-cultural and ministry dynamics of Los Angeles. Using the city as our lab, we will journey through city streets, exploring both the urban context and faith responses to the context. We will engage both heads and hearts, using a model analysis guide, as we encounter various approaches to community and city transformation.

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182