Bruin Notes

World Evangelization Conference

President Robin Baker and two George Fox professors traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, in October to attend a conference that brought together more than 4,000 Christian leaders from around the world.

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, met for just the third time since 1974 with the purpose of “convening Christian leaders worldwide to confront critical issues of our time and help develop a deeper level of unity and collaboration in the ongoing tasks of bringing the whole gospel to the whole world.”

In addition to Baker, MaryKate Morse of George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Sarita Gallagher, a professor in the university’s religious studies department, attended. In all, leaders from about 200 countries participated. Among the issues discussed were world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS and persecution as they relate to the future of the church and world evangelization.

“These are critical conversations and a special opportunity to connect with people around the world about Christian concerns,” Morse said. “Historically, Lausanne has been a major contributor to the unity of the church and to the importance of evangelism and social justice.”

Serving Oil Spill Victims

D'Iberville, Miss., Mayor Rusty Quave
D'Iberville, Miss., mayor Rusty Quave talks about the emotional and economic distress caused by the Gulf Coast oil spill.

A team of 20 Oregonians, including Anna Berardi, director of George Fox’s Trauma Response Institute, visited the Gulf Coast in August to offer community service and technical expertise to those impacted by BP’s oil spill. As part of the 10-day visit, the team produced a multi-media documentary that will serve both as an educational and relational tool.

Berardi served as a disaster mental health specialist, exploring the resiliency and vulnerabilities of those affected.

The Oregonians Supporting Their Gulf Coast Neighbors team, organized by the Northwest Earth Institute, included teachers, religious leaders, artists, students, mental health personnel, and representatives from nonprofit organizations, businesses and the media.

Auxiliary Turns 100

Amanda Woodward and Evangeline MartinThe George Fox University Auxiliary marked 100 years of service to the school with a centennial celebration luncheon in August. The event featured Newberg resident George Edmonston, a local historian and storyteller.

The auxiliary began when Amanda Woodward and Evangeline Martin – two pioneering women who are the namesakes of the historic Wood-Mar Hall on campus – founded the organization on Oct. 15, 1910. The mission, which has remained unchanged for 100 years, is to “enlist a larger constituency in the promotion of the interests of the college socially, and to aid in its better equipment for work, along such lines as may be found to be effective.”

Serve Day 2010

Students during Serve DayFor a 12th straight year, the university closed its doors for one day in September to allow students and employees to assist nonprofits, public agencies, churches, retirement homes and individual citizens during a day of service.

About 1,550 students and 300 employees participated in this year’s Serve Day. Teams performed a variety of projects – including construction, painting, weeding and cleaning – for 75 sites in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas and Yamhill counties. Stops included the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Rescue Mission in Portland; the YMCA and Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood; the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn; Medical Teams International in Tigard; and the McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity.

New sites this year included Innercity Sports Ministries of Portland, Women of Purpose of Newberg, the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Marquis Care of Newberg and the Beaverton School District Clothes Closet.

The theme of the event was “In Word and Deed” and was based on Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.”

Ken McChesney, an assistant professor in the School of Education and a former Serve Day recipient, jumped at the chance to lead a team of students this year.

“I’ve been looking forward to Serve Day in anticipation of bringing comfort to another family in a similar way people brought comfort to us,” he said. “Not only did we get to serve somebody in the community, we also got to become a community ourselves.”

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