CARE FOR CULTURE THROUGH THE ARTS
The arts not only mirror cultural change, they can bring God’s healing to cultural brokenness. Through Brehm Center courses, programs, and events guided by Director Mako Fujimura’s vision for Culture Care, leaders learn to critically integrate theology and the arts as they creatively explore and express their own callings.
WHAT THE BREHM CENTER OFFERS
+ A Christ-centered, spiritually nourishing community
+ A space to creatively explore and express one’s calling
+ Opportunities to learn and be resourced to care for culture
+ Tools for critically integrating worship, theology, and the arts
PROGRAMS, COURSES, AND EXPERIENCES
The Brehm Center works in tandem with Fuller’s Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology to provide a number of programs, courses, and forms of support.
A DIVERSITY OF COURSES
Courses offered through the Brehm Center include these and many others:
Theology and Film
Students view and discuss selected films and explore theological approaches to film criticism
Music as Theological Expression
This course considers the varied ways that music dynamically expresses Christian faith
Theology and Arts Capstone
Students reflectively integrate coursework with their areas of artistic, ministerial, or cultural interest
Fuller’s School of Theology offers a six-course Certificate in Theology and the Arts program in partnership with the Brehm Center; students may choose to apply some or all of these courses to a full master’s program at a later time.
Students completing a thesis project in any of our programs are paired with an artistic mentor to faithfully guide them through the creative process, helping them better understand the project as an expression of their calling and spiritual discipline.
Brehm Center student groups offer community and social connectedness as well as opportunities for artistic expression and exploration:
- The Brehm Collective creates a space for students to make, discuss, and experience a variety of art expressions with guided discussions, open mic nights, art workshops, and other activities.
- Fuller Filmmakers provides a loving community where filmmakers, cinephiles, and creatives discuss and enjoy the art of film in relation to theology.
Caitlyn Ference-Saunders, MAT Student, Theology and the Arts
Andre Henry, MAT ’16, Biblical Studies
Matthew Aughtry, MDiv '16, Theology and the Arts
Brehm Center faculty include these and other professors:
Todd E. Johnson
William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts and Theological Director for the Brehm Center
Dr. Johnson brings expertise in liturgical theology, history, and practice as well as broad experience in education, ministry, and social services. He’s written extensively on liturgical studies, with books he has coauthored including Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders and Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. Learn more here.
W. David O. Taylor
Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Brehm Texas
With expertise in areas ranging from systematic theology to liturgical aesthetics to theology and science fiction, Dr. Taylor is a popular and widely respected lecturer on the arts and the church. He brought together musician Bono and The Message author Eugene Peterson for an exclusive video conversation viewable here. Read his blog, Diary of an Arts Pastor, and see more of his work here.
Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture
A visual artist and lead faculty for the Theology and Arts Capstone course, Professor Fee brings to the Brehm Center expertise in theology and art, the visual arts and liturgical expression, and artistic creation as spiritual formation. She has written for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and been published in the arts journal SEEN and other national publications. See her work here.
The Brehm Center focuses on different areas of artistic and ministry interest through six initiatives and institutes: