May 21, 2009
Equipping leaders for a wide variety of ministries is an essential part of our calling at Fuller Seminary. We focus on helping men and women to follow Christ while influencing others--the core of Christian leadership.
One of the exciting challenges is to find creative ways to equip leaders who remain in their ministries, and our newly redesigned Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) degree is a good example of this. Participants join a cohort that becomes a learning community, using both annual seminars on campus and online interaction for four years. Participants research their own ministry context based on the perspectives gained in the seminars, readings, and discussions facilitated by experienced scholars. One of our DMiss participants, Ruth Cassidy, shares what this has looked like for her ministry in this month's Alumni/ae in Action story.
The DMiss is just one way Fuller is supporting leaders who want to enrich their ministry. Brenda Salter McNeil, in her chapel address shown below, challenges us all to take bold steps in ministry leadership. Are there ways we can support you, our alumnia/e, in your ministry? We’d love to hear from you. It is indeed a privilege for me, and for Fuller Seminary, to walk beside leaders who are seeking a deeper understanding of their calling.
Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and
Associate Professor of Leadership
ALUMNI/AE IN ACTION
Welcoming the Stranger
Ruth Cassidy speaks about her work with refugees in Canada and how the newly reformatted DMiss degree, which she completes in June, equipped her for leadership. Read her story at www.fuller.edu/page.aspx?id=7059.
Training Laypersons for Ministry
Alumni/ae Council member Tim Dolan (DMin '94) talks about a new generation of men and women who are hungering to be equipped for lay leadership. Read his reflection at www.fuller.edu/page.aspx?id=7063.
David Allan Hubbard Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held
The Fuller community gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new David Allan Hubbard Library, which adds 47,000 square feet of space and triples the library’s holdings capacity. Read more and see video footage at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/library-grand-opening-recap.aspx.
Cardinal Roger Mahony Speaks on Immigration
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, visited Fuller's Pasadena campus for a chapel service and immigration forum. Read more and see video footage at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/cardinal-mahony-recap.aspx.
Conference Addresses Recent MDiv Graduates
"Now What? The First Years After Seminary" was the topic of a two-day conference at Fuller offering sessions tailored to the needs of recent MDiv graduates. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/mdiv-conference-recap.aspx.
Pastors' Breakfast Looks at Stress in Pastoral Ministry
Professor of Family Studies Cameron Lee spoke on "The Challenges of Ministry: Stress in Pastors' Families" at a president's pastors' breakfast. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/mdiv-conference-recap.aspx.
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Speaks on Centrality of Christ
"Yesterday, Today, and Forever" was the theme of Professor of Systematic Theology Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen's message in an all-seminary chapel service. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/karkkainen-chapel-recap.aspx.
Brehm Center's "Man of La Mancha" Packs the House
The Brehm Center sponsored an overwhelmingly successful production of the musical Man of La Mancha, drawing sellout audiences at each of four performances. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/mancha-recap.aspx.
Brenda Salter McNeil Calls for Bold Leadership
Brenda Salter McNeil, alumna, author, and speaker on reconciliation issues, delivered a Pasadena campus chapel sermon calling for courageous leadership. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/salter-mcneil-chapel.aspx.
Symposium Explores the Future of Preaching
A symposium on "Preaching and Culture Making" featured discussion and comments from several of today's most notable preachers. Read more at www.fuller.edu/news-and-events/news/preaching-recap.aspx.
Listen to Fuller Events on iTunesU!
An increasing number of Fuller lectures, symposium presentations, and other events are being added to iTunesU all the time. Recent additions include, for example, talks by Cardinal Roger Mahony, Brenda Salter McNeil, Bill Pannell, Richard J. Mouw, and many others. Visit www.fuller.edu/about-fuller/news-and-events/fuller-on-itunesu.aspx to go to iTunesU and explore the latest additions.
New Hubbard Library E-resources Offered for Alumni/ae
Fuller's Hubbard Library is offering a new benefit to alumni/ae: remote access to several valuable online databases. This access will be cost-free for all alumni/ae until October 1, after which the benefit will continue for alums who join the library's "Friends" program. Read more at http://documents.fuller.edu/library/alumni/serving_alumni.asp.
UPCOMING EVENTS: CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Ministry Enrichment Seminars
Mark your calendar now for the Field Education Office's Summer Quarter Ministry Enrichment Seminars, open to all, which will include Weddings A-Z, Understanding Hospital Chaplaincy, and Ministry and Marriage: Disaster or Delight? For details, visit www.fuller.edu/current-students/resources/field-ed/ministry-enrichment-seminars.aspx.
UPCOMING EVENTS: PASADENA AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ARTventures: Master's Thesis Exhibit
On Friday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Payton 101, the Brehm Center will showcase a range of thesis projects in the creative arts developed by graduating students. Read more at www.brehmcenter.com/event/2009-05-22-artventures--a-masters-thesis-exhibit/.
Student Film Night
This event on Friday, May 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Travis Auditorium, will screen original student films from this quarter's Ministry and Media class, followed by discussion with the filmmakers. For details, contact email@example.com or 626-304-3789.
Student Awards Convocation
Fuller's annual Student Awards Convocation will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Pasadena. Read more at www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=7066.
Hispanic Church Studies Events
The Hispanic Church Studies Department will host its next Spanish-language chapel on Thursday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hispanic Center's Student Lounge, and a Latino Graduation Banquet on Monday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Payton 101. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 626-584-5586, or 626-584-5565.
School of Psychology Associate Dean Linda Wagener will be speaker at this year's Baccalaureate Service, to be held Wednesday, June 3, 10:00 a.m., at First Congregational Church in Pasadena.
Fuller Vocal Ensemble Concert
The Fuller Vocal Ensemble will offer a concert, "Praise the Rock," on Saturday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, featuring works by Haydn, Vivaldi, Puccini, and others. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 students and seniors. Read more at www.brehmcenter.com/event/2009-06-06-fuller-vocal-ensemble-spring-concert-praise-the-rock/.
50th Reunion Celebration
Fuller Seminary's Class of 1959 will gather to celebrate its 50th reunion Friday-Saturday, June 12-13.For more information, visit www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=2486.
Fuller's 60th annual all-seminary Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m., at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. For more information, visit www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=7037.
Save the Date: One-Day Seminar with Reggie McNeal
"Missional Renaissance: Exploring Missional Shifts for Your Congregation" will be the topic of a one-day seminar with author and leadership development expert Reggie McNeal on Monday, August 3. Read more at www.fuller.edu/academics/school-of-theology/dmin/CE/McNeal.aspx.
To see additional upcoming events for alumni/ae and the larger community, visit www.fuller.edu/about-fuller/news-events/calendars/default.aspx.
UPCOMING EVENTS: FULLER'S REGIONAL CAMPUSES
Fuller's regional campuses will be hosting local Commencement events as follows:
Commencement ceremony will be Saturday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m., with reception following, at Living Streams Church in Phoenix. Read more at www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=6726.
Commencement ceremony will be Saturday, June 6, at 2:00 p.m. Read more at www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=6992.
Fuller Northern California:
Graduation celebration will be Saturday, June 6, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., with Provost Sherwood Lingenfelter as speaker, and reception following. Read more at www.fuller.edu/event.aspx?id=6358.
Commencement ceremony will be Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m., with reception following, at Relevant Word Christian Cultural Center in Colorado Springs. For more information, call 719-385-0085.
Fuller California Coast:
Graduation celebration dinner will be Thursday, June 11, 6:00 p.m., at Villa Nova Restaurant in Newport Beach. For more information, call 949-975-0775 or email email@example.com.
BOOKS OF NOTE
Juan Martínez, assistant dean for the Hispanic Church Studies Department and associate professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership, recommends the following:
Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible, by Daniel Carroll (Baker, 2008)
Danny Carroll's goal of providing Christians with a biblical and theological framework to participate in the U.S. immigration debate as Christians is met brilliantly in this book. It provides Christians of various political perspectives a framework from which to begin a conversation together.
Thanks and congratulations to the following alumni whose books have been donated to our Alumni/ae Bookshelf:
Vincent Steven Alig (MDiv '84),All the Paths of the Lord. Highway Publishing, 2009.
Kenneth A. Burr (MAT '91),Coming Out, Coming Home: Making Room for Gay Spirituality in Therapy. Routledge, 2009.
David Takle (MDiv '05),The Truth About Lies and Lies About Truth. Shepherd's Hours, Inc., 2008.
Small Groups Offered for Couples in Ministry
"Strong Marriages/Successful Ministries" is a new small group ministry on Fuller's Pasadena campus led by Sharon Hargrave, to help prepare marriages for ministry or encourage couples who are already involved in ministry life. Read more at www.fuller.edu/page.aspx?id=7059.
Register Now for Summer Classes at the Grünewald Guild
The Grünewald Guild, an ecumenical Christian community in Central Washington State, promotes and encourages creativity through the exploration of art and faith. Ten weeks each summer, the Guild offers one-week classes in a variety of subjects such as drawing, painting, ceramics, weaving, fabric dyeing, stained glass, writing, calligraphy, collage, and more. Visit www.artfaith.com for more information.
Family of Faith Network Conference
This conference for church leaders, sponsored by the Boone Center for the Family and the National Association of Family Ministers, will be held June 18-20 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Over 30 sessions will cover a range of topics that integrate biblically based teaching with family ministry techniques. Read more at family.pepperdine.edu.
Renovare Conference in San Antonio, Texas
A conference on "The Jesus Way: Recovering the Lost Content of Discipleship," organized by renewal ministry Renovare, will be held June 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas, with such notable speakers as John Ortberg, Eugene Peterson, Max Lucado, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and many others. Read more at www.renovare.org/journey_events_2009ic.htm.
Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen invites all Presbyterian women to come to the 2009 Churchwide Gathering to be held July 11-15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more at www.pcusa.org/pwgathering/.
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