"Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce... seek the shalom of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Jeremiah 29: 5,7
The Pacific Northwest presents Christianity with a wide range of complex cultural challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities. Native Christians know it and newcomers quickly discover it.
Faithful Christian discipleship in the Pacific Northwest requires cultural wisdom and imagination, creativity and courage.
What does it mean to embody the gospel in the Pacific Northwest? How should Christians respond to the region's emerging challenges and opportunities? How can Christians better engage, understand, love, challenge, and create Northwest culture themselves?
With the support of a generous grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, Fuller Theological Seminary launched the new Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in October 2013.
The new institute's mission is not to answer these questions but to cultivate theological and cultural conversations with Christian leaders in the academy, church, and society about life in the Pacific Northwest. These conversations will take place through numerous mediums including innovative conferences, courses, and new online journal on faith and northwest life.
Through it all our driving question will be: How can the Christian church serve as salt, light, and leaven in the Pacific Northwest? Or, in the words of the prophet Jeremiah, how can the church learn to "settle down" and "seek the shalom" of the Pacific Northwest?
~Matthew Kaemingk, Director Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture