Integration in China
The School of Psychology at Fuller has organized fourteen trips to China over the past six years, and has developed a relationship with Chinese seminaries, psychological institutes, Universities and is currently working on partnering with programs in China to begin an Marriage and Family program there. Fuller students, alumnus/ae, and faculty have traveled to China to teach courses and give lectures at different seminaries and schools of psychology as well.
Partnering with institutes in China has opened up exciting opportunities to study how therapy and counseling differ within the East Asian context as well as support the growing church in China in the critical areas of pastoral counseling.
China trip report September 2009
arrived in Chengdu yesterday to unbearable heat and oppressive humidity. The
three star hotel overlooks a rather muddy river and the urban expanse. We are a
motley group of faculty and graduates of Fuller Theological Seminary. Ron
Hammer teaches pastoral counseling there and Esther Liu is a doctoral candidate
in pastoral theology. Nathan Chau is an M.Div graduate living in Hong Kong and
Justin Yu is a Fuller MFT graduate. Elizabeth Chang, the wife of a pastor and
recent SOP clinical psychology graduate, has been on our trips to China many
times. Amy Arnold has been hospital chaplain for ten years. Charles Svendsen, a
career interim pastor, will arrive in a week....(continue reading here)
China trip report April 2009
brought Christianity to China in the 7th century. It was our
privilege thirteen centuries later to meet believers in vibrant Christian
communities, students in seminaries engaged in fervent study of the Bible, and
pastors in congregations who make incredible sacrifices for their congregants.
Truly, the Western church has much to learn from these Chinese Christians. In
the picture below, Pastor Gu (on the right) left her seminary training to help
a church in the earthquake devastated city of Mianzhu.
13 trips to China in the last six years, this was clearly the most complicated
so far. We traveled to five cities with a team of 14 people and gave more than
forty presentations. We almost missed one flight and usually spent two hours a
day in a van commuting to seminaries. We met together regularly before leaving
for China, giving each other feedback on presentations. We translated all
presentations into Chinese and had simultaneous translation for many presentations.
We were ready. But in the end the success of the trip lay in the people we met
and grew to love..... (continue reading here)
On one of the visits at a Chinese Seminary the Fuller team was introduced to a businessman who took the team to see his recovery center for deaf children. In the picture above, the children are fascinated with Dr. Al Dueck's beard.
In 2003, Fuller's President Dr. and Mrs. Mouw together with Drs. Winston Gooden and Al Dueck visited Nanging Union Theological Seminary. The seminary is the only one of its kind serving all of China's registered churches. It was reopened in 1981.