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April 2011


Freedom's Dark Mask

Seminary Alumni Retreat
Ultimate Road Trip
Paddle & Putt
Mariners Game
Save the Date 

MaryKate Morse

Tom Davis


Freedom’s Dark Mask
Chuck ConniryMy daughter, Krystal, and I had a delightful theological conversation the other night. We talked about human freedom in light of Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor is a story about Christ’s return to earth (to Seville) during the Inquisition. Not to be confused with the glorious Second Coming at the end of time, this was a momentary visit in which Jesus chose to appear “where the fires were crackling under the heretics.” He came quietly, as he had 15 centuries before. Yet the people recognized him at once. More...



Portland / Salem & Willamette Valley Seminary Alumni
On April 14th you are invited to join your fellow alumni for a half-day retreat in Salem with 
Dr. MaryKate Morse. Whether she is sharing the nature and challenge of leadership or encouraging your spiritual formation, you will experience a morning of reflection and renewal. You can register by contacting Trey Doty at 503.554.6154 or For more information click here.

The Ultimate Road Trip – May 4-11, 2011
Road Trip
Alumni Relations is hitting the road to bring a piece of George Fox University to you! The first-ever Ultimate Road Trip leave Newberg on May 4, 2011, and concludes in San Francisco with a Giants game on May 10. It’s your change to come together with other alumni, parents, and friends of George Fox who live along the route. You will even be able to follow along as our roadies keep a travel blog of their adventures. We need you to help design the route! Which towns should our roadies visit? Where should they host gatherings? What is a definite “don’t miss” in your area? Contact or 503.554.2131 to share your ideas!

Central Oregon Paddle & Putt - June 25-26, 2011 
Alumni Adventures Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to take on the whitewater of the Deschutes River on Saturday and the challenging greens of Juniper Golf Course followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception on Sunday. It’s the quintessential Central Oregon weekend! Participate in any of the three separate events, or do them all to prove your mettle. Registration and details available here or call 503-554-2134.

Mariners Game – July 16
Mariners Watch the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers with other members of the George Fox Family. Dinner in the Lookout Landing area of Safeco field begins at 5:30pm and the game starts at 7:10pm.  Cost is $42 for the game and dinner.  For more information, visit or 503-554-2131  

Save the Date Saturday, October 8, 2011 for the GFES/WES Alumni Reunion in Portland


Faculty Highlight

MaryKate Morse
How Women Plant Churches
I have planted two churches.
When I finished seminary, I wanted to pastor but couldn’t get a call. I went on to do doctoral work and then again felt a clear pull to the church.  When I was invited to plant a church with two other pastors, I jumped at the chance. Finally, I was doing God’s work exactly as God shaped me to do it. More…


Student Focus

Tom Davis
In 1997, Tom Davis rushed into a Russian orphanage bearing life-changing news for a little girl named Anya. He was in the country on a missions trip with high schoolers, and he and his wife had waded through the adoption process. By the grace of God, it was finally finished, and he was about to surprise Anya with the news. Davis expected to overflow with joy, but instead, something happened that broke his heart. More...


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