A wide range of events took place across the Fuller Seminary community in 2008, from celebrations honoring the seminary’s founders to a diversity of conferences, seminars, and lectures from distinguished guest speakers.
Chapel and Luncheon Celebrated Hubbard Legacy
The late David Allan Hubbard, president of Fuller from 1963 to 1993, was honored at a special luncheon and chapel as part of Fuller's 60th anniversary celebrations this academic year.
"Preaching with Passion" Conference Held
Speaker and preacher Lloyd John Ogilvie led this conference on dynamic preaching, sponsored by the Brehm Center's Ogilvie Institute of Preaching. The conference is being offered semiannually.
Chapel Honored Martin Luther King Jr.
A chapel service honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King featured as speaker Theresa Fry Brown of Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
Rabbi-Pastor Dialogue Focused on Faith and Film
"When Hollywood Meets Religion: Is There Common Ground?" was the topic of a luncheon dialogue for members of the evangelical and Jewish communities.
"Leading and Managing Your Ministry" Seminar Held
National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson led this weeklong seminar, available as either a Continuing Education workshop or a course for credit for those in the DMin program.
Windrider Forum Offered at Sundance Film Festival
Fuller Colorado and several other institutions cosponsored the fourth annual Windrider Forum, a dialogue on film and faith held alongside the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Fuller California Coast Held “Conversations on Culture” Series
Dennis Okholm of Azusa Pacific University spoke on his new book, Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants, as part of a “Conversations on Culture” series.
Integration Symposium Looked to Future
"Religion and Therapy: Future Directions" was the focus of the School of Psychology’s Integration Symposium, with speakers including Mark R. McMinn of George Fox University, Keith G. Meador of Duke University Medical Center, Marsha Linehan of the University of Washington, William R. Miller of the University of New Mexico, and F. LeRon Shults of Agder University in Kristiansand, Norway.
Worship Leadership Conference Held
The Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts offered a conference for worship leaders and other church leaders on "Forming Hearts, Creating Art: Developing Worship Leadership."
Jim Wallis Offered Talk
Sojourner leader and best-selling author Jim Wallis spoke at Fuller’s Pasadena campus about faith, politics, and his new book The Great Awakening.
"Erhu" Concert and Presentation Given at Pacific Asia Museum
Acclaimed musician Xiaohui Ma of China offered a recital on the erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument, along with a talk on the power of music by the De Pree Leadership Center’s Tim Kelly.
Art Exhibit Celebrated Black History Month
An art exhibit commemorating Black History Month was held on the rooftop of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, cosponsored by the Brehm Center and the African American Church Studies Office.
International Business Leader Spoke about China
Ta-Lin Hsu, founder and chairman of private equity firm H&Q Asia Pacific, spoke at both a luncheon and a tea gathering about China's rapidly changing culture and economy.
Symposium and Luncheon Held in Washington DC
Timothy Kelly, director of the De Pree Leadership Center Public Policy Institute at Fuller, spoke on faith and public policy at an event for alumni/ae and friends in conjunction with the National Prayer Breakfast.
Faith and Film Event Hosted at Fuller Southwest
Craig Detweiler, codirector of the Brehm Center's Reel Spirituality Institute, spoke on engaging theology and film at an event for alumni/ae and friends of Fuller Southwest.
Alumni/ae and Students Gathered at INS Event in Hawaii
Fuller alumni/ae and students gathered for dinner in conjunction with an International Neuropsychological Society meeting in Hawaii, with Dean Winston Gooden offering comments.
Installation Service Held for Marianne Meye Thompson
Marianne Meye Thompson was installed into the George Eldon Ladd Chair of New Testament, succeeding Donald A. Hagner. The topic of her address was "What Holds the Bible Together?"
Edward John Carnell Celebrated
A special chapel, lecture, and luncheon honored the leadership and legacy of past president Edward John Carnell, with many former students and others offering reflections and testimonies of his influence.
Film Screening Explored Teenagers' Faith
A screening and discussion of the documentary film Soul Searching: A Movie about Teenagers and God was cosponsored by the Brehm Center and the Center for Youth and Family Ministry.
Migration and Mission Discussed at Conference
The Fraternidad Teológico Latinoamericano held a Spanish-language conference on "Mission, Migration and Community," including an English-language panel discussion on “Undocumented Migration: Missional Perspectives from Latin America."
Grant Writing Workshop Offered
Alumnus Rodney D. Walker led a grant writing workshop for alumni/ae and other interested participants, sponsored by the Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations.
Seminar on Down Syndrome Children Drew Many
More than 150 attended the seminar “Tools for the Journey” sponsored by the Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, which offered resources for those working with children who have Down Syndrome.
Adoption Workshop Given in Pella, Iowa
A workshop on "Adoption: Ministry and Opportunity" in Pella, Iowa, with author Ron Nydam of Calvin Theological Seminary, was cosponsored by the Horner Center for Lifelong Learning.
Pastors Visited China for Cross-Cultural Exchange
Coordinated by Fuller and the China Christian Council, Professor Alvin Dueck led a team of American pastors and leaders to Shanghai, China, for a consultation on pastoral care.
Payton Lectures Featured Mark Noll
Noll, the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of
Notre Dame, offered the Payton Lectures on the theme “Then Sings My
Soul: The Significance of Hymns for Evangelicals.”
Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing Proved Popular
“Old Fashioned Revival Hour Hymn Sing” was offered in conjunction with
the Payton Lectures, drawing 150 to Travis Auditorium to sing together
and hear performances of “old-time” hymns.
Installation Service Held for James Furrow
L. Furrow was installed into the Evelyn and Frank Freed Chair of
Marriage and Family Therapy, speaking at the service on "An Inscrutable
Bond: Engaging the Promises of Faith and Family."
Smedes Conference Discussed Foster Care and Adoption
the Vision by Sharing our Stories" was the focus of the fourth annual
Lewis B. Smedes Memorial Forum, cosponsored by Fuller Seminary and
nonprofit agency Child SHARE.
Women's Legacy Award Luncheon Held
luncheon was held honoring recipients of the Fuller Women's Legacy
Award, with Mary Hubbard Given, daughter of past president David Allan
Arts Fest Offered Week of Visual and Performing Arts
15th annual Spring Arts Festival, centering on the theme “From the
Soil,” featured a week of events and an art gallery exploring the
relationship between faith, the arts, and culture.
Creators Behind The Shack Spoke at Fuller
William P. Young discussed his popular novel The Shack at a luncheon,
student gathering, and community forum, joined by publishing partners
Brad Cummings (MDiv ’94) and Wayne Jacobsen.
Documentary Purple State of Mind Screened
State of Mind, the recently released documentary film by Craig
Detweiler, codirector of the Brehm Center's Reel Spirituality
Institute, was screened with a discussion following.
Presentation Discussed Ministry to the Sexually Broken
Office of Presbyterian Ministries sponsored a presentation by Kristin
Johnson, executive director of renewal ministry OneByOne, on
ministering to those struggling with sexual brokenness.
Faculty and Staff Honored for Service at Awards Convocation
faculty and staff members were honored for their Fuller service,
including an award given to Archibald Hart, Senior Professor of
Psychology and Dean Emeritus, for his 35 years with the seminary.
Eddie Gibbs Led Seminar in Houston, Texas
Churches in a Post-Christian World" was the topic of a weeklong seminar
led by senior professor Eddie Gibbs, offered as a Continuing Education
workshop or course for DMin credit.
Alumni/ae and Friends Gathered in Tokyo, Japan
Richard J. Mouw met with a group of alumni/ae and friends of Fuller in
Tokyo, Japan, sharing updates and input on ministry developments in the
Special Chapel and Reception Concluded 60th Anniversary Celebrations
celebratory chapel and all-campus outdoor reception were held at
Fuller’s Pasadena campus in May, the last in a series of events
commemorating the seminary’s 60th anniversary in the 2007-2008 year.
Installation Service Held for Scott Cormode
Cormode was installed into the Hugh De Pree Chair of Leadership,
offering his installation address on "Learning Our Way to Change."
Richard Foster Offered Talk on the “God-Saturated Life”
Foster, author and speaker on Christian renewal and the spiritual
disciplines, spoke at Fuller about his new book, Life with God: Reading
the Bible for Spiritual Transformation.
Beliefnet Chief Spoke on "Founding Faith"
Waldman, cofounder and editor-in-chief of faith website beliefnet.com,
spoke at Fuller on America's founders and their role in the development
of religious freedom.
Leadership and Teamwork Discussed at Pastors' Breakfast
C. Wright Jr., executive director of the De Pree Leadership Center,
offered a talk on leadership at a breakfast for pastors hosted by the
Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations and Church Relations Council.
Lecture Given on George Eldon Ladd
Eldon Ladd, Fuller Seminary and the Renaissance of American
Evangelicalism" was the topic of a talk by John A. D'Elia, Fuller
alumnus and senior minister of The American Church in London.
Sociologist Discussed Youth Sexuality and Christianity
D. Regnerus, sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke on
"Forbidden Fruit? Sex and Christianity in the Lives of Young
Student Awards Convocation Held
annual Student Awards Convocation, more than 100 awards and fellowships
were presented to students from all three schools in recognition of
academic excellence, service to the seminary and the community, and
achievement in a variety of areas.
David Scholer Spoke at Baccalaureate Service
late Professor of New Testament David Scholer offered a powerful
message entitled "It Is About God...Not About Us" at Fuller's
baccalaureate service, followed by an all-seminary reception honoring
this year’s graduates.
Art and Therapy Workshop Held in North Carolina
Alvin Dueck led a workshop on "The Healer as Artist" with the Center
for Psychological and Family Services in Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
with Fuller Continuing Education credits available.
Commencement Celebrated Graduating Class Totaling 700
Fuller held its 59th annual commencement ceremony in June, celebrating a class of approximately 700 students who completed degrees in the 2007-2008 academic year.
“Faculty of the Year” Award Given to Cameron Lee
Cameron Lee, professor of marriage and family studies in Fuller’s School of Psychology, was given this year’s Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence at the seminary’s commencement ceremony.
Class of 1958 Celebrated Golden Anniversary Reunion
Members of the class of 1958 gathered for their 50th reunion on the Pasadena campus, participating in two days of special events and taking part in the commencement processional.
MAGL Program Saw Record Number of Graduates
The Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) program celebrated its largest commencement in its five-and-a-half year history in June, with more than 30 students completing the program in 2007-2008.
Fuller Hosted High School Leadership Program
Through a Student Leadership Project funded by the Lilly Endowment and co-led by Professor Chap Clark, 35 high-school students came to Fuller’s Pasadena campus for an intensive training program.
Fuller Vocal Ensemble Offered Concert
The Fuller Vocal Ensemble, led by Brehm Center Executive Director J. Frederick Davison, held a free concert at Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena.
Tim Kelly Reported from China
The De Pree Leadership Center’s Timothy Kelly, traveling to China to help provide psychological training and care after the earthquake tragedy, offered an online journal of his reflections for Fuller’s website.
Alumni/ae Gathered at American Society of Missiology Meeting
Fuller alumni/ae, School of Intercultural Studies faculty members, and friends gathered for a dinner in Techny, Illinois, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology.
Alumni/ae Dinner Held at UMC Meeting
Ecclesiastical Professor Wayne Walters led a dinner discussion for Fuller alumni/ae and friends in Redlands, California, during the annual meeting of the Cal-Pacific Region of the United Methodist Church.
President Mouw Spoke at PC(USA) Alumni/ae Gathering
A luncheon gathering for alumni/ae and friends was held during the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly, with Richard Mouw speaking, in San Jose, California.
JULY & AUGUST
Windrider Film Forum Held at Colorado Springs
Fuller Colorado cosponsored the third annual Windrider Forum at Colorado Springs in July, providing an opportunity for conversations on the intersection of faith and film.
Fuller Used as Satellite Location for Willow Creek Seminar
The Willow Creek Satellite Leadership Summit was again held at Fuller this year via live streaming video, drawing over 180 participants to the Fuller campus from more than 30 churches and organizations.
Missional Leadership Seminar Held in Hawaii
"Missional Leadership: Character, Context and Challenge," with church leadership developer Reggie McNeal, was offered in Oahu, Hawaii as a course for either DMin or continuing education credit.
Linda Wagener Reported from “Silk Road” Travels
Associate Dean Linda Wagener, who interviewed local youth on a research trip through Bosnia, Jordan, and Turkey, offered an online journal of her reflections for Fuller’s website.
Alumni/ae Gathered at Boston APA Convention
School of Psychology Professor Alvin Dueck hosted a luncheon for Fuller alumni/ae in Boston, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association (APA) annual convention.
Fuller Offered Exhibit at Presbyterian Global Fellowship Conference
Fuller's Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations co-hosted an exhibit table at the "Inside Out" Conference of the Presbyterian Global Fellowship in Long Beach, California.
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER
Festival of Beginnings Launched New Academic Year
The Fuller community joined together for this annual worship service, with Dr. Mouw preaching, followed by an outdoor reception on the Pasadena campus to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.
Fuller Houston Celebrated as Newest Regional Campus
A “grand opening” event was held at Fuller Houston with the Board of Trustees in September, celebrating its joining Fuller as the seminary’s sixth and newest regional campus.
New China Christian Council Leaders Hosted at Fuller
A luncheon gathering was held at Fuller's Pasadena campus to welcome two new leaders of the China Christian Council visiting the U.S. from China.
Lecture Given on Mental Illness in China
Community mental health expert Martin Gittelman spoke on new treatment approaches for schizophrenia developed in China, cohosted by the School of Psychology and De Pree Center Public Policy Institute.
Brehm Center Celebrated Acquisition of Artwork
The Brehm Center acquired a notable work of art, the serigraph The Procession by Los Angeles artist John August Swanson, and celebrated with a special installation event that included the artist.
Fuller Northwest Cohosted Peace and Justice Conference in Seattle
President Mouw was keynote speaker at a conference on "Restoring God's Peace with Justice," which addressed a range of topics including the environment, Christian-Muslim relations, and globalization.
Center for Youth and Family Ministry and Office of Career Services Renamed
Fuller's Center for Youth and Family Ministry (CYFM) was renamed the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and the Office of Career Services became the Office of Vocational Discernment and Career Services, changes made to better reflect the two centers’ missions and enhanced services offered.
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
Missiology Lectures Focused on Mission Movements and Mary
Valdir Steuernagel, of World Vision International, spoke at Fuller's annual Missiology Lectures on "Missiology and Mary in Latin America: The Southern Church and a Fresh Mission Movement."
Fuller Community Gathered to Celebrate David Scholer
Students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, friends, and family gathered in a special service to remember the life of David M. Scholer, professor of New Testament.
Symposium Marked Release of Global Dictionary of Theology
A symposium was held to celebrate the public release of The Global Dictionary of Theology, with Fuller faculty members William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, and Juan Martínez.
Brehm Center Sponsored Interfaith Arts Colloquium
An interfaith arts colloquium, sharing findings from the Brehm Center's Sacred Imagery in Los Angeles Congregations project, was held at the Pacific Asia Museum.
Breakfast for Pastors Featured Dr. Mouw on the Missional Church
President Richard J. Mouw spoke on "The Missional Church" at a breakfast for pastors sponsored by the Office of Alumni/ae and Church Relations, drawing more than 90 attendees.
Lloyd John Ogilvie Spoke in Chapel
"An Attitude of Gratitude" was the theme of a message delivered by noted preacher and former U.S. Senate Chaplain Lloyd John Ogilvie in an all-seminary chapel service.
Over the Rhine Performed in Concert
Ohio music duo Over the Rhine offered a discussion and concert in Travis Auditorium, sponsored by the Brehm Center, Arts Concerns Committee, and Empty Frames Productions.
Alumni/ae Gathering Held in North Carolina
Alumni/ae and Fuller friends gathered to view the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences along with a lecture from Professor of New Testament Interpretation Joel B. Green.
Alumni/ae Breakfast in Chicago
Alumni/ae and friends gathered for a breakfast with Professor of New Testament Interpretation Joel B. Green in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
Alumni/ae Gathered in Boston
In connection with the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, a luncheon for Fuller alumni/ae and friends was held with Dr. Joel Green.
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
New Faculty Joined Fuller
Fuller welcomed six new faculty members in 2008: Craig Detweiler, associate professor of theology and culture; Oscar García-Johnson, assistant professor of systematic theology, Terry Hargrave, professor of marital and family therapy; Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Assistant Professor of Ancient Near East Studies; Pamela E. King, assistant professor of marital and family studies; and Daniel Kirk, assistant professor of New Testament.
Regional Campuses Held Regular Open Houses and Speaker Events
Fuller’s regional campuses regularly held open houses, prospective student events, and worship gatherings. Fuller California Coast sponsored a quarterly “Conversations on Culture” speaker series, Fuller Southwest held regular Professor Appreciation celebrations, and many other lectures and gatherings were sponsored by regional campuses throughout the year.
School of Psychology Sponsored Research Colloquia
The School of Psychology offered several research colloquia throughout the year, featuring guest lecturers discussing a variety of topics, with Continuing Education units available.
Ministry Enrichment Seminars Given
The Field Education Office offered several of these practical seminars for students and alumni/ae throughout the year, on such topics as Women in Pastoral Ministry, Legal Issues in Church Counseling, Faith-Based Conflict Transformation, Hospital Chaplaincy, and other ministry topics.
Frequent Spanish-Language Events Offered
The Hispanic Church Studies Department sponsored monthly Spanish-language chapels on the Pasadena campus, along with several special gatherings, banquets, and prospective student events.
Desert Forum Lecture Series Given in Coachella Valley
The Office of Development hosted a Desert Forum speaker series in Indian Wells, California, featuring monthly lectures by Fuller faculty members Kara Powell, Doug McConnell, Erin Dufault-Hunter, and President Richard J. Mouw.
New Online Services Launched
Fuller implemented significant advancements in its online services and communications for both the Fuller community and the general public in 2008, including the new information portal “Portico,” online registration and fee payment, a new web-based email system, expanded video and podcast offerings, a new look for the website, and other enhancements to seminary communications.