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

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

Comments Off on Ten ways to prep for a job while you’re still at MU Written on April 4th, 2016 by
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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Are you or anyone you know interested in a career focused on global development and justice initiatives? Read the rest of this entry »

Interested in counseling? Attend our April 7 info session.

Comments Off on Interested in counseling? Attend our April 7 info session. Written on March 30th, 2016 by
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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

Comments Off on Seminary announces fully online Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degrees Written on February 26th, 2016 by
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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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Categories: Athletics, Events, Newsletter, Students

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

Comments Off on MU launches online version of MA in Global Development and Justice program Written on February 11th, 2016 by
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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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Alumnus Paul J. Pastor releases book about Holy Spirit

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Educational Ministries graduate Paul J. Pastor released his first book, “The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit,” on February 1 (David C. Cook, 2016). It’s available for order wherever books are sold. Until you can get your hands on a copy, Pastor answers our questions about “Face of the Deep” and the unique vision behind it.

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Can you give a brief synopsis of your book?

I’d love to. “The Face of the Deep” is a theology book about the Holy Spirit, but from an unusual angle.

The book embodies a theology of the Holy Spirit in its form as well as its content — in how I wrote, not just what I wrote. As a result, “The Face of the Deep” is structured symbolically, and written in tight creative non-fiction (prose poetry at times). My style has been very generously compared to Wendell Berry or Annie Dillard, a wonderful, unusual way to write about doctrine.

If I had to say the book is about one aspect of that theology, it would be the Holy Spirit’s immanence, which is the two-dollar word for the closeness God keeps with creation. But with that said, people shouldn’t get false expectations. The book is not an exhaustive work of pneumatology at all, nor is it an organized spiritual memoir. It’s really meant to be a prose icon — art that embodies theology and sharpens our ability to see and know God. There’s a lot of personal story in the book, a lot of history, theological meditation, biblical exegesis, even a fair bit of nature writing. But it all traces how the Spirit and his love is much closer and more meaningful than we think.

What compelled you to write “Face of the Deep”?

A personal question and a community mission.

In many ways, I wrote this book because I needed to read it. I felt a gnawing question about the Holy Spirit for many years — where is he? My family came to Christianity in a Charismatic tradition, but even still, it seemed that my experience of the Spirit, and the ways people talked about him in church were light years away from the stories and poetry I read about him in the Bible. I needed to see the Spirit in my life, my world, the way that I saw him in the Bible — close, and good, and strange, and very holy. I began to find him, often where I least expected him.

But that quest soon spilled over into a broader calling. I began talking about the Spirit with others who shared my questions or frustrations, and began to see that the calling to explore was for more than just myself. I wrote my graduate thesis on links between the stories of Babel and Pentecost, then began teaching a yearly class on the Holy Spirit here at Multnomah that taught doctrine in that “immanent” way, integrating icon, art, poetry, and story with classic systematic theology. Each time, the response was overwhelming: “Why don’t we talk about this in church?” “I see God even more richly now.” “Where can I go to learn more of this?”

Eventually, the vision for the book came to me all at once, in the time it took me to walk from the front step of our house inside. I saw it all—that it needed to include stories from my life, art, symbol, densely and beautifully written, structured as symbols within symbols.

You and graphic artist Martin French collaborated to create 14 modern icons of the Holy Spirit for your book. Can you tell us more about the images you two came up with? Why did you want to include original iconography?

Holy beauty leads us deeper into the knowledge of a holy God. There are times that an image can speak in ways that rational arguments cannot, and it was important for me to ground the book with powerful, compelling illustration. Wow, did Martin ever do that!

We worked together to create symbolic images (“Seven Stars” and “Seven Lampstands”) that integrated ancient symbols and a few modern ones, each visualizing a particular doctrine about the Holy Spirit, emphasizing the way that he works in and loves our world. The images form a path to think about the Holy Spirit in images, not just words.

How might reading “Face of the Deep” benefit the journey of a Christ-follower?

I think they’ll fall much more in love with God, in renewed imagination and wonder.

They’ll come out on the other side of this book with new language to talk about the Spirit’s holy work in their own life, a clearer understanding of how the Spirit works with the Father and Son, and most importantly, the invitation to live with the Spirit in a deeper, richer way than they might have imagined possible.

Also, I think that it’s beautiful book to read — and that never hurts the soul!

What are your hopes for this book?

Before anything else, my hope is that the Spirit himself is happy about it! From the beginning, I prayed that this book would be an offering to him, something lavish and lovely, purely from a sincere heart and adoration for the Trinity.

As well, I hope that it sparks conversation — that people, pastors, churches, even book clubs or small groups all can use it as the first step in discovering the Spirit’s work and closeness in their own lives.

And thirdly, I hope that other young theologians, writers, artists, and poets are inspired to pick up their pens and paintbrushes, notebooks and cameras, and begin considering how they can express the historic truths of our beautiful faith in fresh, exciting ways. Theology is rational, but so much more than a bare mental exercise. It needs to live, breathe, burn. This book is one small way that the truth of the Creator God is coming out in my life. I hope it inspires others to explore the mysterious life of God’s Holy Spirit in theirs.

For more information about Paul J. Pastor and his work, visit his website. You may also click here for a (free!) “Face of the Deep” seven-day devotional. 

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

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There's always chapel on Tuesday, but today was a special kind of gathering. Today was the culmination of MU's food drive in observance of Giving Tuesday, a globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. 

Since mid-November, students, faculty and staff have been adding non-perishable foods to the large white barrels stationed around campus. And today, those barrels — full to the brim — were brought to the front of the stage for a celebratory chapel before they were given to the Oregon Food Bank.

"We asked ourselves, 'What can we do to give to the Portland community?'" says Vice President Steve Cummings. "We came up with this idea for a food drive. We want to give back because we want to reflect the character of God."

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Senior Drew Schinderwolf agrees. "It shows that we care," says the pastoral ministry major. "And it shows that we're not set apart, living in a bubble — we're a part of the community."

Freshmen and fellow history majors Ivory Linger and Hannah Aguirre were excited when they heard about about the initiative, and they're delighted the food drive is being established as a Multnomah tradition.

"It's the simplest acts that make a difference," says Linger. "This is something small we can do that does make a difference and shows people you care about them."

Aguirre concurs. "If you can give, it brings you closer to others," she says.  "I know God's going to use this to reach people."