February 18, 2011
The two alumni who tell their stories below, Bill Kennemer and Mark Meeks, are making a difference in their communities through public service. Like many Fuller graduates, they are serving others through civic involvement.
At Fuller, involvement as a seminary in our community is a critical part of our mission. With our Pasadena campus just two blocks from City Hall, we are active participants in the life of our neighborhood. We are part of our Pasadena Mayor's group called "Pasadena: City of Learning," which promotes innovative collaborations among the city's institutions of higher learning...on the board of the Pasadena Playhouse District Association, which works closely on day-to-day issues of city life...on the Committee of Large Utility Users, striving to keep our city's energy usage as low as possible...on the committee for Pasadena's annual "One City, One Story" annual book reading campaign...to name just a few involvements!
We're always looking for ways to share Fuller's many resources with our neighbors, and to learn from what they have to offer us. In May, for example, we will jointly offer a lecture series with Caltech on neuroscience and moral virtue. Each year our Office for Urban Initiatives leads a citywide effort to count Pasadena's homeless persons, helping the city obtain funding for appropriate services. We engage in research and mentoring collaborations with the Pasadena Unified School District and local youth organizations. Our Brehm Center frequently partners with local institutions on performances and exhibits--and will connect with the Art Center College of Design on an upcoming series on faith and the arts. As a campus we are open to the community, inviting local residents to the many lectures, concerts, galleries, and other events always taking place at Fuller.
As Bill Kennemer says below, "there is a need for people of faith to participate and make an impact." If you have suggestions about ways Fuller can partner with its neighbors at any of our campuses, please let me know!
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
ALUMNI IN ACTION
"Paying it Forward" in Oregon
Oregon State Representative Bill Kennemer (PhD '75) talks about his journey from psychology to politics--and why public service is his "pay it forward." Read his story
Right...Where You Are
Alumni Council member Mark Meeks (MA '05), who serves in a senior managerial post with California's state government, discusses what it means to follow God's call. Read his reflection
What's been happening at Fuller lately?
Check our News and Events page
John Witte Speaks on the Covenant of Marriage
Seminar Focuses on Church's Care for Veterans
Brehm Center Launches New Website
Asian American Symposium Looks at Treasures of Past
UPCOMING EVENTS: CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Women in Pastoral Ministry
February 23 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This final Ministry Enrichment Seminar of Winter Quarter will feature a panel of women pastors. Read more
School of Psychology Research Colloquia
Save the date for these lectures coming Spring Quarter:
Social Network Analysis of Values in Adolescent Moral Identity
Dr. Kevin Reimer, Azusa Pacific University
April 4 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
New Research on Combat-Related Moral Injury
Dr. David Foy, Pepperdine University
April 11 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
UPCOMING EVENTS: PASADENA AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
"Twelve Angry Jurors" Opening Night
February 18 7:30 p.m.
This will be the first of four performances by the Fuller Company of this award-winning play, intimately staged in the round. Read more
Worship Conference with Tommy Walker, Ken Medema, John Witvliet
February 19 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
"Forming Hearts, Creating Art" is the theme of this conference for worship leaders, pastors, and lay leaders, featuring three notable speakers. Read more
What Your Kids Are Watching: "Glee" Screening with Chap Clark and Ralph Winter
February 23 7:00 p.m.
Fuller Vice Provost Chap Clark and producer Ralph Winter will screen and discuss the religiously themed "Grilled Cheesus" of the hit show Glee.Read more
J. Todd Billings on Incarnational Ministry
February 24 7:00 p.m.
Billings, associate professor of reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary, will speak with Fuller ethics professor Glen Stassen responding. Read more
African American Pastors' Brunch
February 25 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Fuller's Ralph Watkins and Teresa L. Fry Brown, director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology, will lead this brunch for church leaders. Read more
Film Screening: 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers
February 25 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Brehm Center and Reel Spirituality Initiative will host a screening and discussion of the film 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers in honor of Black History Month. Read more
Celebration of Cape Town 2010
March 1 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (6:30 reception)
Launching the Brehm Center's 10th anniversary year, this event will celebrate highlights from last October's Lausanne World Missions Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more
Jewish Evangelism Conference
March 1 - 3
Fuller and Chosen People Ministries will cosponsor this three-day conference exploring issues related to sharing the gospel with the Jewish community. Read more
Muslim-Christian Dialogue in a Post 9-11 World
March 2 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fuller's Peace and Justice Advocates will host a discussion on this topic with Jihad Turk, religious director at the Islamic Center of Southern California. Read more
"For Colored Girls" Stage Reading
March 4 6:30 p.m.
The Writer's Staff collaborative at Fuller will present a reading of "For Colored Girls," a play/choreopoem by Ntozake Shange. Read more
City of the Angels Film Festival 2011
April 1 - 3
Save the dates and watch for details here.
Reel Spirituality Conference 2011
April 2 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
"Death of the Critic ... Rise of 30 Million Critics?" will be the theme for this seminar exploring the role of the critic in film and TV. Read more
Spring Festival of the Arts
April 4 - 8
This special week sponsored by the Fuller Arts Collective will incorporate a variety of offerings: arts gallery, performances, literary publication, and more. Details to come
Leadership Workshop in Santa Barbara
April 9 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"The Radical Affirmationist," an interactive "briefing" for pastors and church lay leaders, will be led by leadership coach and ministry strategist Doug Stevens. Read more
April 13 - 14
Bernard McGinn of the University of Chicago Divinity School will speak on "Lambs Wading and Elephants Swimming: Two Lectures on the Mystical Interpretation of the Bible." Read more
Preaching and Justice Conference
May 5 - 7
"Mighty Waters: Preaching & Living God's Passion for Justice" will be the theme for this conference for church leaders. Register now for a discounted fee. Read more
Check Fuller's events calendar for more upcoming events for alumni and the larger community.
UPCOMING EVENTS: FULLER'S REGIONAL CAMPUSES
Making Spiritual Meaning in the Chaos of Change:
A Conference for Christian Leaders
March 15 - 16
Fuller faculty members Mark Labberton, Chap Clark, Carolyn Gordon, and Scott Cormode will lead this conference for pastors and other ministry leaders on social change and ways to engage it. Read more
Fuller Northern California:
Pre-Windrider Film Forum Event
March 14 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Led by movie producer Ralph Winter and Fuller's Chap Clark and Will Stoller-Lee, this event will explore ways you can use film to inspire conversation within your church and community. Read more
Dr. Mouw at Community Presbyterian Church, Danville
March 26 5:00 p.m. service
March 27 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. services
Also on March 27, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Mouw will offer a public talk on "Christian Leadership in the 21st Century." Community Presbyterian Church website
President's Lunch for Pastors/Ministry Leaders
March 28 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
President Richard J. Mouw will speak on "Interfaith Dialogue: Making the Most of Conversations with Non-Christians and Christians from other Traditions." Read more
Save the Date:
N. T. Wright Coming to Fuller Sacramento
Details on time and tickets to come.
Fuller California Coast:
The Bible in American Life: The Revolutionary War and Enlightenment
February 27 8:45 a.m.
Fuller's Nathan P. Feldmeth will speak on this topic at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana. Read more
CityFest with Luis Palau: Volunteers Needed
March 19 - 20: AZ CityFest with Luis Palau
Volunteers are needed to help staff the Fuller Southwest booth at this festival at Tempe Town Lake. If you would like to help represent Fuller Southwest at this great event, contact Tavya at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-220-0400.
UPCOMING EVENTS: ACROSS THE U.S. & THE WORLD
Peacemaking Trip to Israel and Palestine
June 20 - 30
You are invited to join other alumni, students, and friends of Fuller on this special tour with professors Glen Stassen, Marc Gopin, David Gushee and Paul Alexander. Read more
KNOW SOMEONE who is considering seminary...
...and who will be in Southern California for spring break? Invite them to attend a prospective student visit at Fuller's Pasadena campus. You are welcome to accompany them!
Thanks and congratulations to the following alumni whose publications have been donated to our Alumni Bookshelf:
Robert D. Cornwall (PhD '91):
Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer. Energion, 2010.
Ephesians: A Participatory Study Guide. Energion, 2010.
Wesley Joseph Mills (MDiv '79).The Children's Menu: Bite Size Lessons on the Gospel Message for Children and their Families. Quiet Water Publications, 2010.
Rosalind Renshaw (MDiv '97):
Conversations. A.S.K. Publishing, 1999.
Come Sit in My Presence: A Daily Devotional. A.S.K Publishing, 2001.
Soar Like an Eagle: A Daily Devotional. A.S.K. Publishing, 2006.
Pilgrimage: Prayers for the Journey. A.S.K. Publishing, 2009.
Fuller Alumnus Receives Presidential Appointment
Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and a Fuller alumnus (DMin '78), has been named by President Obama as a member of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Read more
Pastoral Leadership Seminar in Rome
August 3 - 8
Travel organization Illume invites pastoral leaders, directors of adult religious education, and directors of youth/young adult ministry to join this ecumenical exploration of early Christian sites in Rome. Read more
Licensed MFT Grads Needed
Glendale Adventist Hospital is seeking licensed MFT graduates, with cognitive behavioral training, to participate as therapists in a study they are conducting in partnership with Duke University. The participation will be paid. For more information contact Bruce Nelson with Glendale Adventist Hospital at 818-409-8008.
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