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Conference teaches church leaders how to respect, engage with science

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Categories: Events, Feature, Programs, Seminary, Students

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Many see faith and science like oil and water — they’re impossible to integrate. But New Wine, New Wineskins thinks differently. On April 16 and 23, the institute hosted a conference aimed at dispelling the segregation of these communities through thoughtful dialogue. The conference, Church and Science: Partners for the Common Good, was made possible by a grant Multnomah Biblical Seminary received from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in an effort to integrate science into the seminary curriculum (view the 10 seminary courses that have adopted this integration here).

“It’s bound up with our ongoing, strategic effort at Multnomah to prepare seminary graduates in their pastoral calling to constructively engage our scientific age,” says Paul Louis Metzger, director of New Wine, New Wineskins. “It’s for the sake of their parishioners who have scientific questions and scientific vocational interests, and for the church’s own missional engagement with the surrounding culture.”

The event brought in speakers from Portland and across the country to explore several themes, including the history of faith and science, hermeneutical humility, and faith and scientific methods. Attendants delved into the themes through a variety of formats, such as plenary sessions, panels, workshops and thoughtful discussion times.

“Many young Christians are leaving churches because of what they perceive to be antagonism by the church toward science,” says Metzger. “It’s vitally important that pastors in training are equipped to develop an informed respect for science and discernment on how to articulate biblical faith in our scientific age.”

Many attendees walked away feeling more prepared and aware. “As a pastor, this conference opened my eyes to the tremendous need we have to address the role of science in our faith communities,” says Gaby Viesca, pastor to women at Cedar Mill Bible Church. “It also equipped me with practical tools to help people navigate their own questions and doubts, and how to engage in meaningful conversations around this topic.”

Jared Bennett, associate pastor at Grace Community Church called the conference “phenomenal” and found Dr. John Walton’s session especially insightful. “He stressed that the debate over young earth creationism/evolution is not what we should be focused on; the mechanics of ‘how’ are secondary to the agency of ‘who.’” Bennett claims to have walked away with a lot to think about. “I will continue to read, think and pray on what I learned at the conference in the hope that I can use that personal growth to better pastor my students,” he says.

Join the ongoing discussion. New Wine is hosting forums at local churches, and you can check out their website for information and updates. You can also read endorsements for the Church and Science conference here. Lastly, if you’re a youth pastor, New Wine wants to collaborate with you in order to care for teens wrestling with their faith in the midst of scientific questions. Stay tuned.

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President, COO of Horizon Air Dave Campbell to deliver commencement address

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President and Chief Operations Officer of Horizon Air Dave Campbell will be speaking at Multnomah University’s 2016 commencement on May 6.

DaveCampbell_vertical_blogCampbell’s career in commercial aviation began in 1988 as a mechanic at American Airlines, where he quickly took advantage of development opportunities. He transitioned into leadership positions in quality assurance and aircraft maintenance at American Airlines before being appointed senior vice president of technical operations and COO at American Eagle (a network of 10 regional carriers operating under a code share and service agreement with American Airlines) in 2007.

In 2009, Campbell returned to American Airlines as vice president of safety, security and environmental, and in 2013 he was named vice president of safety and operations performance. He moved to JetBlue in 2014 as vice president of technical operations, a position he held until joining Horizon Air as president and COO in August 2014. Campbell is focused on making Horizon a great place to work and a great partner for Alaska Airlines.

University President Craig Williford says he chose Campbell to deliver the commencement speech because he’s a dedicated follower of Christ, a faithful husband and father, and a successful business leader who has skillfully led large organizations.
“His life journey models what it means to connect faith and life through a chosen vocation,” Williford says. “I hope that our graduates will see how important it is for Christians to be highly skilled leaders and employees, and that all vocations are sacred opportunities to do so.”

Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He resides in Portland, Ore., with his family. The Multnomah University Commencement will be hosted at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin, Ore., at 7:30 p.m. on May 6. Contact the Registrar at (503)251-5370 for more information.

 

‘A sense of adventure’: Tirzah Allen satisfies her love of travel in the MATESOL program

No Comments » Written on April 18th, 2016 by
Categories: Programs, Students

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Tirzah Allen has the traveling bug. Immediately after high school she packed her bags and headed to Scotland for a year-long adventure. She worked odd jobs, met people from all different backgrounds and explored the country. “That time planted the seeds of travel in my life,” says Allen, who’s enrolled in the Master of Arts in TESOL program. And it wasn’t long before those seeds started to germinate.

After graduating with a BA in English and communication, Allen began researching grad schools. “I had no idea that MU offered grad programs, but I happened to stumble upon it,” she says. “I chose TESOL because I wanted the ability to open more doors and be challenged continuously. I don’t want to be too comfortable, and I want to keep extending myself. This requires a built-in sense of adventure.”

TIRZAH_ClassThat sense of adventure is being satisfied during her studies at Multnomah. Not only does she have enriching classroom time, but she also teaches weekly, on-campus ESL classes. “This is the full program, plus the tools to succeed,” she says. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet with people from Burma, Vietnam, Cuba and beyond.”

Whether she’s preparing coffee for her customers in Roger’s Café, or bantering with her Cuban students over homework, Allen strives to reflect Jesus in every interaction. “Finding a Christian in a public setting is like finding an agate on the beach,” she says. “There is something that sparkles. I can’t always out rightly incorporate the gospel in every environment, but I can always show others what I believe.”

Allen is also enjoying each of her professors. “These are teachers who really care,” she says. “It emanates from them, and they go above and beyond what is required. Their servants’ hearts are evident. I’m learning that a teacher’s journey is one of servitude. I want to inspire my students to aspire to be more.”

Allen doesn’t know where the seeds of travel will take root. But she does know she has an open heart for wherever God leads her. “I’d love to teach overseas,” she says. “Anywhere, anytime, any way. Wherever God sends I will go. I’m taking my life one step at a time.”

Ten ways to prep for a job while you’re still at MU

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Categories: Students

Carley Wecks, our career coach in the Career Services Department, shares a few tips on preparing for a job while you’re still in college.

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1. Start networking with professors, friends, church contacts, business contacts, or even people you meet casually. Prepare a 30-second elevator pitch about the type of career you’re looking for. You never know what kind of opportunities the people you talk with may be connected to!

2. Not sure what career path interests you? Explore your personality, interests and spiritual gifts with the specialized tools provided by the Career Services Department. (Make an appointment with Carley Wecks for details!)

3. Sign up for Optimal Resume and receive access to MU’s electronic job board, which features part-time, full-time and internship opportunities.

4. Make good use of your Service Learning hours and internships by building your experience and networking with coworkers. (Remember: MU’s electronic job board has a list of available internships to choose from.) Talk to your academic adviser for specific suggestions.

5. Like Multnomah University Career Services on Facebook and Twitter for helpful articles, new job opportunities and career advice.

6. Schedule an informational interview with someone who’s established in the field you’re considering. Find out what their typical day is like. Ask them what do they like and don’t like about their job. They can give you invaluable feedback.

7. Practice interviewing, develop a resumé, or get tips on crafting cover letters — Optimal Resume has got you covered. (Make sure to sign up if you haven’t already!)

8. Need more direction? Sit down with Carley Wecks in the Career Services Department. Get the one-on-one coaching you need to determine your interests and plan your next steps.

9. Visit the Multnomah Career Services page for more job postings and other helpful resources.

10. Trust in God, and don’t underestimate the power of prayer. Ask the Lord for wisdom and direction as you move forward. Remember: He knows the work that suits you best!

Make an appointment with Carley Wecks by emailing careerservices@multnomah.edu or by calling 503-251-6472.

Register for the April 6 info session

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Interested in counseling? Attend our April 7 info session.

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Are you or anyone you know interested in a career in counseling?

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On Thursday, April 7, our MA in counseling program is hosting an info session for anyone curious about becoming a certified counselor. Come talk with faculty and current students, sit in on a class, explore financial aid options, and develop a vibrant vision for your future. The info session is from 4:30 to 7:30/8 p.m. 

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Remember: When you visit campus, you’ll qualify for our $500 Campus Visit Scholarship!

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You’re invited to the March 30 info session

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Are you or anyone you know interested in teaching English to non-native speakers?

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On Wednesday, March 30, our MA in TESOL program is hosting an info session for anyone curious about a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Come talk with faculty and current students, sit in on a class, explore financial aid options, and develop a vibrant vision for your future.

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Remember: When you visit campus, you’ll qualify for our $500 Campus Visit Scholarship!

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Seminary announces fully online Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degrees

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Multnomah Biblical Seminary is proud to announce that it will be offering its Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degrees fully online beginning fall 2016.

This change was made possible by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), which approved an exemption to the residency requirements* for the Master of Divinity and MA in Christian Leadership degrees. Typically, these programs have strict rules for on-campus learning, but ATS has waived these restrictions for MU so its students can now earn either degree fully online.

“We’re so excited that ATS granted our request to excuse students from having a residency requirement,” says Seminary Dean Dr. Roy Andrews. “Now we’ll be able to offer a high-quality theological education to students all over the world without them needing to relocate to Portland.”

Students can expect to connect with their classmates and professors through online discussions, email, chat and videoconferencing. But the learning won’t stop there: Andrews says the seminary will work to create partnerships between the student, an on-site mentor and a local church.

“This means the student can stay connected in his or her church, workplace and neighborhood, all while having the opportunity to be transformed by a Multnomah Biblical Seminary education,” he says. “These elements will provide the important components of spiritual formation and community that are often missing in distance education programs. Online students really can have the best of both worlds.”

Multnomah Biblical Seminary also offers a fully online Master of Arts in Biblical Studies program and a fully online Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. Find out more at multnomah.edu/online.

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*The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has approved an exemption to the residency requirements (Degree Program Standard A, section A.3.1.3, and Degree Program Standard B, section B.3.1.3) for these degrees, permitting them to be offered fully online beginning fall 2016.

Campus happenings

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MU ranked No. 2 on list of safest colleges, universities in Oregon

The 2016 Safest College Campuses national rankings, published by niche.com, are based on key statistics and student reviews.
Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs and alcohol usage. “We watch out for each other and take care of each other,” said Director of Campus Safety Josh Harper. “This is a large part of making our campus safe to live, work and learn in.”

MU celebrates 10 years of providing free English classes to local immigrant communities

For 10 years, MU’s TESOL program has been offering free weekly ESL classes to its diverse neighbors. “ESL meets a practical need in our community,” says TESOL Director Kristyn Kidney. “It brings the world together through dialogue and friendship.”

Lions team up with Tim Tebow Foundation, local church for Night to Shine

The women’s basketball team joined with the Tim Tebow Foundation and Central Bible Church to present Night to Shine, a prom
for people with special needs. More than 100 churches around the world were chosen to host Night to Shine events on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Roger’s Café celebrates five years of coffee and community

Five years ago, students voted to name MU’s new coffee shop after Roger, a beloved community figure who has been cleaning tables, arranging napkins and befriending students as a faithful volunteer for more than 35 years. The café has been a irreplaceable fixture on campus ever since.

Students collect food for Giving Tuesday, donate proceeds to Oregon Food Bank

Through the month of November, students, faculty and staff added non-perishable foods to large white barrels stationed around campus. The food drive culminated in a celebratory chapel on Giving Tuesday (December 2), a globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. The full barrels were then given to the Oregon Food Bank.

MU launches online version of MA in Global Development and Justice program

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Multnomah University has launched an online version of the Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) program. The 18-month program will kick off with two weeks in Rwanda, where students will take their first two courses, embark on study tours and connect with practitioners. All subsequent courses will be taken online, and students will take two eight-week courses at a time.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to be face to face with students at the beginning of the program,” says MAGDJ Director Dr. Greg Burch. “This contextual residency will provide time for cohort members to get to know one another and begin developing the community we envision for the online portion of this educational experience.”

Burch proposed the blended program so students who weren’t able to join MU’s on-campus cohorts could still earn the MAGDJ degree. “The blended program allows for us to pull in students from around the globe who are passionate about global justice and community development,” he says. “We hope to create a strong community as we wrestle together with complex issues that need carefully crafted solutions to bring lasting transformation.”

The first cohort is set to begin in July 2016. Burch is hoping for a good turnout. Things are looking promising: The new program has already sparked interest across the globe. “We’ve received inquiries about the blended program from practitioners in Colombia, India, Kenya, Rwanda and Lebanon,” says Burch. “They see the possibilities for acquiring a new set of skills that will take them to new heights.”

Burch says one of the main benefits prospective students recognize is that they don’t need to leave their work or family. “It can be difficult for global leaders to move to the U.S. or even to a new state,” he says. “This program allows them to stay where they are, keep a flexible schedule, and direct their research in very practical ways for their career and ministry.”

In the years ahead, Burch envisions the new program contributing to MU’s global campus by including students in developing nations. “With the help of Multnomah donors, we anticipate having a significant participation of underrepresented groups in this program,” he says. “We believe it will be necessary to provide significant scholarships, and we’re praying the Lord will provide for students who don’t have the economic means to pay.”

As the program continues to mature, Burch foresees adding contextual residency locations in Asia and Latin America.

To learn more about this program, visit multnomah.edu/blendedMAGDJ, or you can contact Dr. Greg Burch at gburch@multnomah.edu.

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