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Engaging in the Dialog with Independent Films

THE WINDRIDER FORUM AT PARK CITY:
ENGAGING IN THE DIALOGUE WITH INDEPENDENT FILMS 
AT THE 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

The Windrider Forum at Park City is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. It is a graduate level course offered for credit by Fuller Theological Seminary (TC588 Engaging Independent Film). It is a chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premiere film festival in the US. And, it is a chance to live, eat and breathe a full banquet of experiences related to theology and culture. Relevant magazine called the Fuller course at Sundance “immersive education at its best”.  

2014 was the 10th year for the Windrider Forum @ Sundance. From our humble beginnings in 2005, the participants from Fuller and our various undergrad partners have grown to become the largest ticket purchasing block at Sundance. We’d love to have you join us as we begin our second decade at Sundance. Listed below you will find some additional information on the details and costs for this course and festival experience.

Schedule Details

We will begin with a reception and orientation at 4:00 pm on Monday, January 26. The course will conclude at 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 1, with a closing worship service. The daily schedule from Tuesday-Saturday will be determined once the schedule of Sundance films are released. Anticipate a full schedule. We want you to be completely immersed in the Sundance experience. There will be a variety of events (film screenings, filmmaker Q&A, panel discussions, background lectures, group discussions, etc.) planned each day from 9:00 am until late at night.

Film Festival Tickets

Ticket packages for the Film Festival range from $700 to $2500. We will be purchasing blocks of tickets so that each student will be able to attend approximately ten Sundance films and/or special events. The cost of these tickets is built into the course costs listed below. We will be identifying several films (from the 125+ films screened at Sundance) that will form a common experience for all students. Individual tickets will also be available (for an additional fee) for the true film junkies who decide to attend other screenings.

Fuller Seminary Participant Costs

$925.00 - Windrider Forum Fee Only.  No academic credit. This is the fee for spouses and/or students/alumni/guests who choose to not to receive credit for the course. These spots are very limited. Participants who fit this category will be sent the separate link to pay this fee by credit card which is due by November 30th.

What does this fee cover? There are additional costs for a unique experience like this—the cost of tickets to the Sundance films, the rental of a facility in Park City for class, fees for guest filmmakers, and ground transportation costs. The prices listed above include tickets to 10 Sundance films for each student, the class lectures, selected special film screenings, Q&A sessions with guest filmmakers, and all of the special events that form the content of our experience at Sundance.

How to Reserve a Spot in This Course

Space is limited in this course. To reserve your spot please email Will Stoller-Lee with your basic contact info (name, address, phone #’s, email, and Fuller G#) by October 1st. This will insure that you receive important info about the course and regular updates about the logistical plans for the experience (travel, housing, tickets, etc.). 

All credit students are strongly encouraged to formally register for this course during the first week of registration (November 17-21). Enrollment in this course will close once our capacity is reached. Priority will be given to credit students who register early. 

Important Details Concerning Course Registration

Students who are seeking graduate credit for this course will register with Fuller Seminary for a course entitled TC588 Engaging Independent Film (CRN#16230). This course is listed as a winter quarter course in the “Other Noncampus Locations” on the Fuller course schedule. Official registration takes place through your online Portico account beginning on November 17th according to your registration priority.

Please note the Seminary has a strict policy concerning course overlap. It is NOT possible to enroll in TC588 if there is a schedule conflict at all with any other Fuller course that meets during the week of January 26 - February 1. Students who would like to take TC588 can enroll in online courses during the winter quarter, another winter quarter intensive or hybrid+ course without a scheduling conflict, or for a weekend course that does meet on January 30-31.

Pre-Conference Assignments and Books

Students will be responsible for purchasing the required texts for the course. Students will be expected to complete some reading prior to the course in Park City and will also participate in some pre-conference and post-conference online discussions. All remaining assignments will be due at the end of the winter quarter, March 20, 2015.

Class/Conference Venue

The Branch (the local Vineyard church) and the Christian Center of Park City will be our daily classroom locations. Both are centrally located in Park City, walking distance from several of the major film venues for Sundance, and near a bus stop with access to all of the other venues. These locations will be the place we gather each day for course content and orientation to the day’s events. There will also be a number of meals and special events scheduled during the week.

Housing

The cost of hotel and condo options in Park City during the Film Festival is quite expensive ($200-500/night). In order to make this experience an affordable option for seminary students we have partnered with the several churches and the local LDS community and will be offering host family options for students who cannot afford the additional housing cost, or who would prefer staying with a local resident of the Park City area. There will be no additional cost for this housing option because of the gracious hospitality of these host families. If you choose, you may seek your own housing accommodations at a local hotel or condo.

Meals

Eating meals in restaurants in Park City during the Film Festival can be expensive and time consuming because of the long waits. However, there are also numerous inexpensive and convenient options available. Students will be on their own for most meals. You should plan on spending $25-40/day for meals.

Scheduling Flights and Ground Transportation

Students should plan to fly in and out of the airport in Salt Lake City. Plan to arrive by 1:00 pm on Monday, January 26, and schedule your departing flight no earlier than 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 1st. Park City is approximately one hour from the SLC airport. Once we know about your travel plans we will coordinate the ground transportation options to and from Park City. With the local shuttle bus service you should not need to rent a car during your stay in Park City. 

Your Sundance Professor

Dr. Kutter Callaway will be the professor for this experience. He is currently the Director of Church Relations for Fuller and an Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. Kutter developed the online Moodle component of this course, has taught Fuller’s Theology and Film course, and is a Sundance veteran. An updated version of the course description is available on the Class Schedules page of thge Fuller website under the “Other Noncampus Locations” pull-down tab.

Our Partners for this Experience

Priddy Brothers Productions. John, Ed and Mark Priddy. Catalyst for the Windrider Forum at Park City. Generous supporters of the project. The Priddy’s co-founded the Windrider Forum along with Dr. Craig Detweiler and Will Stoller-Lee.

Fuller Theological Seminary. Offering graduate credit. Staff and students from around the country (50+ total participants), including regional campus students, our strategic ministry partnerships with Young Life and InterVarsity, and students from the Pasadena campus involved in Reel Spirituality and the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts.

Undergraduate Partners. Faculty, staff and students from Taylor University (12 participants); Ouachita Baptist University (20 participants); Vanguard University (10 participants); Asbury University (10 participants); Pt. Loma University (5 participants); BYU (6 participants); University of Northwestern, St. Paul (6 participants); Los Angeles Film Studies Center (6 participants); and Guest Filmmakers. Several filmmakers will be invited to join us for the week to screen their films during one of our scheduled events and to be available as resources for our students.

The Branch and the Christian Center of Park City. The location of our daily class sessions and our primary contacts coordinating the hospitality efforts with other local churches.

Additional Questions and Information

Will Stoller-Lee
Executive Director, Windrider Forum
Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
540 N Cascade Avenue, Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.385.0085 (office) or 719.338.7556 (cell)
wsl@fuller.edu

Conversations

Engaging in the Dialog with Independent Films

THE WINDRIDER FORUM AT PARK CITY:
ENGAGING IN THE DIALOGUE WITH INDEPENDENT FILMS 
AT THE 2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

The Windrider Forum at Park City is a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. It is a graduate level course offered for credit by Fuller Theological Seminary (TC588 Engaging Independent Film). It is a chance to attend the Sundance Film Festival, arguably the premiere film festival in the US. And, it is a chance to live, eat and breathe a full banquet of experiences related to theology and culture. Relevant magazine called the Fuller course at Sundance “immersive education at its best”.  

2014 was the 10th year for the Windrider Forum @ Sundance. From our humble beginnings in 2005, the participants from Fuller and our various undergrad partners have grown to become the largest ticket purchasing block at Sundance. We’d love to have you join us as we begin our second decade at Sundance. Listed below you will find some additional information on the details and costs for this course and festival experience.

Schedule Details

We will begin with a reception and orientation at 4:00 pm on Monday, January 26. The course will conclude at 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 1, with a closing worship service. The daily schedule from Tuesday-Saturday will be determined once the schedule of Sundance films are released. Anticipate a full schedule. We want you to be completely immersed in the Sundance experience. There will be a variety of events (film screenings, filmmaker Q&A, panel discussions, background lectures, group discussions, etc.) planned each day from 9:00 am until late at night.

Film Festival Tickets

Ticket packages for the Film Festival range from $700 to $2500. We will be purchasing blocks of tickets so that each student will be able to attend approximately ten Sundance films and/or special events. The cost of these tickets is built into the course costs listed below. We will be identifying several films (from the 125+ films screened at Sundance) that will form a common experience for all students. Individual tickets will also be available (for an additional fee) for the true film junkies who decide to attend other screenings.

Fuller Seminary Participant Costs

$1480.00 - Standard Tuition Cost for 4 units of graduate credit, TC588 Engaging Independent Film

$325.00 - Windrider Forum @ Sundance Fee for all Credit Students (payable as part of the registration process for the course). This covers additional expenses associated with this course not covered by tuition (Sundance tickets, facility costs in Park City, ground transportation, and two receptions). 

Why is there a fee on top of tuition for credit students (the $325 Windrider Forum fee)? There are additional costs for a unique experience like this—the cost of tickets to the Sundance films, the rental of a facility in Park City for class, fees for guest filmmakers, and ground transportation costs. The prices listed above include tickets to 10 Sundance films for each student, the class lectures, selected special film screenings, Q&A sessions with guest filmmakers, and all of the special events that form the content of our experience at Sundance.

How to Reserve a Spot in This Course

Space is limited in this course. To reserve your spot please email Will Stoller-Lee with your basic contact info (name, address, phone #’s, email, and Fuller G#) by October 1st. This will insure that you receive important info about the course and regular updates about the logistical plans for the experience (travel, housing, tickets, etc.). 

All credit students are strongly encouraged to formally register for this course during the first week of registration (November 17-21). Enrollment in this course will close once our capacity is reached. Priority will be given to credit students who register early. 

Important Details Concerning Course Registration

Students who are seeking graduate credit for this course will register with Fuller Seminary for a course entitled TC588 Engaging Independent Film (CRN#16230). This course is listed as a winter quarter course in the “Other Noncampus Locations” on the Fuller course schedule. Official registration takes place through your online Portico account beginning on November 17th according to your registration priority.

Please note the Seminary has a strict policy concerning course overlap. It is NOT possible to enroll in TC588 if there is a schedule conflict at all with any other Fuller course that meets during the week of January 26 - February 1. Students who would like to take TC588 can enroll in online courses during the winter quarter, another winter quarter intensive or hybrid+ course without a scheduling conflict, or for a weekend course that does meet on January 30-31.

Pre-Conference Assignments and Books

Students will be responsible for purchasing the required texts for the course. Students will be expected to complete some reading prior to the course in Park City and will also participate in some pre-conference and post-conference online discussions. All remaining assignments will be due at the end of the winter quarter, March 20, 2015.

Class/Conference Venue

The Branch (the local Vineyard church) and the Christian Center of Park City will be our daily classroom locations. Both are centrally located in Park City, walking distance from several of the major film venues for Sundance, and near a bus stop with access to all of the other venues. These locations will be the place we gather each day for course content and orientation to the day’s events. There will also be a number of meals and special events scheduled during the week.

Housing

The cost of hotel and condo options in Park City during the Film Festival is quite expensive ($200-500/night). In order to make this experience an affordable option for seminary students we have partnered with the several churches and the local LDS community and will be offering host family options for students who cannot afford the additional housing cost, or who would prefer staying with a local resident of the Park City area. There will be no additional cost for this housing option because of the gracious hospitality of these host families. If you choose, you may seek your own housing accommodations at a local hotel or condo.

Meals

Eating meals in restaurants in Park City during the Film Festival can be expensive and time consuming because of the long waits. However, there are also numerous inexpensive and convenient options available. Students will be on their own for most meals. You should plan on spending $25-40/day for meals.

Scheduling Flights and Ground Transportation

Students should plan to fly in and out of the airport in Salt Lake City. Plan to arrive by 1:00 pm on Monday, January 26, and schedule your departing flight no earlier than 2:30 pm on Sunday, February 1st. Park City is approximately one hour from the SLC airport. Once we know about your travel plans we will coordinate the ground transportation options to and from Park City. With the local shuttle bus service you should not need to rent a car during your stay in Park City. 

Your Sundance Professor

Dr. Kutter Callaway will be the professor for this experience. He is currently the Director of Church Relations for Fuller and an Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture. Kutter developed the online Moodle component of this course, has taught Fuller’s Theology and Film course, and is a Sundance veteran. An updated version of the course description is available on the Class Schedules page of thge Fuller website under the “Other Noncampus Locations” pull-down tab.

Our Partners for this Experience

Priddy Brothers Productions. John, Ed and Mark Priddy. Catalyst for the Windrider Forum at Park City. Generous supporters of the project. The Priddy’s co-founded the Windrider Forum along with Dr. Craig Detweiler and Will Stoller-Lee.

Fuller Theological Seminary. Offering graduate credit. Staff and students from around the country (50+ total participants), including regional campus students, our strategic ministry partnerships with Young Life and InterVarsity, and students from the Pasadena campus involved in Reel Spirituality and the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts.

Undergraduate Partners. Faculty, staff and students from Taylor University (12 participants); Ouachita Baptist University (20 participants); Vanguard University (10 participants); Asbury University (10 participants); Pt. Loma University (5 participants); BYU (6 participants); University of Northwestern, St. Paul (6 participants); Los Angeles Film Studies Center (6 participants); and Guest Filmmakers. Several filmmakers will be invited to join us for the week to screen their films during one of our scheduled events and to be available as resources for our students.

The Branch and the Christian Center of Park City. The location of our daily class sessions and our primary contacts coordinating the hospitality efforts with other local churches.

Additional Questions and Information

Will Stoller-Lee
Executive Director, Windrider Forum
Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado
540 N Cascade Avenue, Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.385.0085 (office) or 719.338.7556 (cell)
wsl@fuller.edu

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NYC for Participants

New York Immersion Courses 2015
TC518: July 6-10, 2015
TC517: July 13-17, 2015
Participants

Immersion Course Overview 

From art galleries to world-class theatre to music and culture from every corner of the globe, New York offers so many unexpected moments of beauty, faith, and wonder. Yet, New York is also city that juxtaposes its beauty with the countless noise, distraction, and isolation in one of the largest metropolitan cities.

To engage firsthand in what New York City has to teach artistically and theologically, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Brehm Center have developed two immersion courses for the 2015 Summer quarter. By engaging with the city, its people, and landscapes, these courses are designed to offer students and participants with an opportunity to engage in robust conversations with faculty, artists, and practitioners. By breaking down barriers between faith and art, the course goal is to form a natural, integrated perspective on what it means to be fully human, encouraging participants to consider their vocation and calling. 

Participants

Participants sit in on the class as it meets in New York from July 6-10 and/or July 13-17. Participants cannot access the online portion of the class prior to our time together in Austin. Participants are defined as the following: 

local church leaders and musicians
spouses
prospective students and alumni

Participant Fee

$900/course should be submitted to reserve your place in the class.

Program fees will cover the cost of any site visit or field trip required by the instructors. This is a per course fee, so you if plan on taking both courses, you will be charged a total of $1800 in program fees. Please make your check out to the Brehm Center. Space for participants is limited and is given out on a first come, first served basis. Participants do not need to fill out an application in order to participate. Participants become enrolled as such by filling out this information form and submitting the participation fee (see below).

Faculty

Dr. Todd Johnson
Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary; Theological Director, Brehm Center
Dr. Eric Jacobsen
Adjunct Professor, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom (2003) and The Space Between (2012)
Dale Savidge
Adjunct Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary; Executive, Christians in the Theatre Arts; Director, Applied Theatre Center
Guests: Unconfirmed

Courses 

Week 1: TC 518 Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
Instructors: Eric Jacobsen/Dale Savidge

This is a Master’s level course that will meet for one week in New York City, July 6-10. This course will explore the concept of Christian vocation. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, meaning to summon or call, from which we get the concept of receiving a calling. Reflecting on Biblical, theological and historical models of calling, participants will explore the relationship between the individual, the community, and the grace of God related to vocation. Participants will be exposed to a number of Christian artists living and working in New York, particularly those who are working in and with the arts community in Manhattan. The end result will be a honing of the participant’s own understanding of vocation in their life and their tradition.

Week 2: TC517:  Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
Instructor: Todd E. Johnson

This course is the introductory course for all participants entering the Worship, Theology and the Arts (WTA) concentrations at the master’s level and introduces participants to the methodology that will undergird their theological study of Christian worship, along with narrative, performing, and plastic arts. The course instruction includes an overview of Augustine’s De Magistro and De Doctrina Christina, discussing his assertion that all people communicate through signs, words, and gestures. This course will therefore explore methods of exegeting signs and gestures to supplement the exegesis of words. The courses core elements include: readings, lectures, interviews with artists, and experiential learning through ‘field trips’ to museums, theatres, etc. Class discussions and group and individual projects are also important components to the course. 

Accommodations

Participants have the option of lodging at Hephzibah House at $60/night.  There is limited capacity, so be sure reserve your space with the Brehm office.  The website for Hephzibah House is: http://www.hhouse.org.   Participants are expected to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s community standards during the course of their stay. The lodging fee is non-refundable.

Please note, as a student you can choose to opt out of a home stay and find your own accommodations.  If you chose to find our own housing or plan to stay with friends and/or family, you will need to navigate transportation to and from the classroom.

Additional Costs

Airfare: $400-800 Round trip

Ground Transportation

Plan on buying multiple ride MTA pass for subways and busses. 

Please bring money for meals and incidentals. 

Classroom Location

TBD

Arrival

To New York

Please plan arriving in New York by July 5 for TC518 and July 12 for TC517.  Class will begin on Monday morning at on July 6 for course one and July 13 for course two.

Transportation 

From the Hephzibah House to classroom:

You will be responsible for getting to and from the Hephzibah house to the classroom via public transportation. The Hephzibah house is conveniently located near several subway and bus stops. The location of the classroom space is still being determined and will be announced at a later date.  

Important Dates 

Beginning October 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015: Program Fee are accepted. As a participant, you do not need to be enrolled as a student at Fuller. However, the spaces for participants in the class are very limited and are secured only when we receive your program fee of $900.00 in the form of a check made out to the Fuller Theological Seminary.  Space is reserved at a first come, first served basis. 

May 4, 2015: Deadline for reserving a bed at Hephzibah House. The rate is $60/night. Please calculate the total amount based on the number of nights you will be staying.  For example if you check in on Sunday, July 5 and check out on Saturday, July 11, you will be charged for 6 nights at $60 for a total of $360. Failure to submit a check by this date may result in the bed being given to someone else. Normal rates for similar accommodations range from $100-300 per night. 

All checks should be made out to:

Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182
Memo line: Brehm Center – New York

Please mail the checks to

The Brehm Center
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182

Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating in this course.

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NYC for Students

 

 

New York Immersion Courses 2015
TC518: July 6-10, 2015
TC517: July 13-17, 2015
Students

Immersion Course Overview 

From art galleries to world-class theatre to music and culture from every corner of the globe, New York offers so many unexpected moments of beauty, faith, and wonder. Yet, New York is also city that juxtaposes its beauty with the countless noise, distraction, and isolation in one of the largest metropolitan cities.

To engage firsthand in what New York City has to teach artistically and theologically, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Brehm Center have developed two immersion courses for the 2015 Summer quarter. By engaging with the city, its people, and landscapes, these courses are designed to offer students and participants with an opportunity to engage in robust conversations with faculty, artists, and practitioners. By breaking down barriers between faith and art, the course goal is to form a natural, integrated perspective on what it means to be fully human, encouraging participants to consider their vocation and calling. 

Faculty

Dr. Todd Johnson
Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary; Theological Director,  Brehm Center
Dr. Eric Jacobsen
Adjunct Professor, author of Sidewalks in the Kingdom (2003) and The Space Between (2012)
Dale Savidge
Adjunct Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary; Executive, Christians in the Theatre Arts; Director, Applied Theatre Center
Guests: Unconfirmed

Enrollment

Students will enroll in one or both of these summer hybrid courses in the spring quarter. However fees for housing will be due prior to registration. We are also asking all students to fill out this information form to help us better communicate with you. When you register for the course(s), a program fee will be collected. Program Fees: $350 per course to be collected with class registration fees. The program fee will cover the cost of any site visit or field trip required by the instructors. 

Courses 

Week 1: TC 518 Calling: The History, Theology, and Experience of Christian Vocation
Instructors: Eric Jacobsen/Dale Savidge

This is a Master’s level course that will meet for one week in New York City, July 6-10. This course will explore the concept of Christian vocation. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocare, meaning to summon or call, from which we get the concept of receiving a calling. Reflecting on Biblical, theological and historical models of calling, students will explore the relationship between the individual, the community, and the grace of God related to vocation. Students will be exposed to a number of Christian artists living and working in New York, particularly those who are working in and with the arts community in Manhattan. The end result will be a honing of the student’s own understanding of vocation in their life and their tradition. (See attached ECD for more information)

The class will meet on-line both before and after our time together in New York City. Materials will be posted onto Moodle before the trip to help students prepare for their time in the city. Follow-up assignments will be made available online after the trip as a means of processing the experience in conjunction with the course material. 

Week 2: TC517:  Theological Method for Worship and the Arts
Instructor: Todd E. Johnson

This course is the introductory course for all students entering the Worship, Theology and the Arts (WTA) concentrations at the master’s level and introduces students to the methodology that will undergird their theological study of Christian worship, along with narrative, performing, and plastic arts. The course instruction includes an overview of Augustine’s De Magistro and De Doctrina Christina, discussing his assertion that all people communicate through signs, words, and gestures. This course will therefore explore methods of exegeting signs and gestures to supplement the exegesis of words. The courses core elements include: readings, lectures, interviews with artists, and experiential learning through ‘field trips’ to museums, theatres, etc. Class discussions and group and individual projects are also important components to the course. 

Additional Costs

Airfare: $400-800 Round trip

Accommodations

Students have the option of lodging at Hephzibah House at $60/night.  There is limited capacity, so be sure reserve your space with the Brehm office.  The website for Hephzibah House is: http://www.hhouse.org. Participants are expected to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s community standards during the course of their stay. The lodging fee is non-refundable. 

Please note, as a student you can choose to opt out of a home stay and find your own accommodations. If you chose to find our own housing or plan to stay with friends and/or family, transportation to and from the classroom will not be provided.

Ground Transportation

Plan on buying multiple ride MTA pass for subways and busses. 
Please bring money for meals and incidentals. 

Classroom Location

TBD

Arrival

To New York

Please plan arriving in New York by July 5 for TC518 and July 12 for TC517.  Class will begin on Tuesday morning at on July 6 for course one and July 13 for course two.

Transportation in New York

From Hephzibah to classroom: You will be responsible for getting to and from the Hephzibah house to the classroom via public transportation. The Hephzibah house is conveniently located near several subway and bus stops. The location of the classroom space is still being determined and will be announced at a later date.  

Important Dates 

May 4, 2015: Deadline for reserving a bed at Hephzibah House. The rate is $60/night. Please calculate the total amount based on the number of nights you will be staying.  For example if you check in on Sunday, July 5 and check out on Saturday, July 11, you will be charged for 6 nights at $60 for a total of $360. Failure to submit a check by this date may result in the bed being given to someone else. Normal rates for similar accommodations range from $100-300 per night.

Program Fee and Registration

As this is a summer course, the program fee of $350 per course will be collected when you register in the late spring quarter. See above for special rate for students taking both courses.  

All checks should be made out to:

Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182
Memo line: Brehm Center – New York

Please mail the checks to

The Brehm Center
135 N. Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91182

If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please fill out this form.

New York City

From art galleries to world-class theatre to music and culture from every corner of the globe, New York offers so many unexpected moments of beauty, faith, and wonder. Yet, New York is also city that juxtaposes its beauty with the countless noise, distraction, and isolation in one of the largest metropolitan cities.

To engage firsthand in what New York City has to teach artistically and theologically, Fuller Theological Seminary and the Brehm Center have developed two immersion courses for the 2015 Summer quarter. By engaging with the city, its people, and landscapes, these courses are designed to offer students and participants with an opportunity to engage in robust conversations with faculty, artists, and practitioners. By breaking down barriers between faith and art, the course goal is to form a natural, integrated perspective on what it means to be fully human, encouraging participants to consider their vocation and calling.

Here are two brief reflections from people who particiapted in the class in 2013, one from Katherine Devorak for First Things and one from Sharon Hong for Fuller Seminary.

If you are interested in learning more about taking the Brehm Center NYC Immersion Course as a Student, go here.

If you are interested in learning more about taking in the Brehm Center NYC Immersion Course as a non-credit seeking Participant, go here.

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Orvieto for Participants

General Information

1. Dates: June 19–July 2, 2015

2. Where is Orvieto and why are we holding the courses there?

The beautiful town of Orvieto in the rolling hills of Italy’s Umbria region is one of the most important and best preserved medieval villages in Italy. It has been continuously occupied for at least two and a half millennia. The Orvieto Cathedral is also one of the best preserved European Gothic Cathedrals still in existence and has helped make the modestly-sized town a cultural and spiritual gathering point of significance. Orvieto is the place of origin of theholy day of Corpus Domini (also known as Corpus Christi). This celebration will take place just before the start of our courses.

Since 2005, when Dr. Dyrness went to Orvieto with seven students, the Brehm Center has sponsored summer courses in Orvieto with housing in a local monastery. Until summer 2010, the program was sponsored in partnership with Gordon College. This is the eigth Orvieto program.

This year we will stay at the Instituto San Lodovico, a convent of important historical interest. For more information on the convent, please visit their website.

Time in Orvieto is truly a wonderful and unique experience of medieval architecture, spirituality, and culture. It is the perfect setting to explore the ancient influences and
contemporary application of medieval spirituality, art, and theology through these courses.

3. Who can participate?

The trip is open to Fuller students, students from other institutions, Fuller alumni and guests. However, first priority is given to Fuller students taking both of the courses for credit. Everyone who comes on the trip is expected to participate in the courses and related groupactivities.

4. Will there be an orientation session where I can ask questions and meet others who will be going on the trip?

Yes, see dates and deadline section below.

Courses

1. Course titles and descriptions

Course 1: TC519: TOPICS IN THEOLOGY AND ART: MEDIEVAL ART AND THEOLOGY. William Dyrness with Chris Slatoff.

DESCRIPTION: This course studies selected texts and artistic programs from the late medieval period, 1300–1500. Offered in Orvieto, Italy, it will feature in-depth study of Giotto’s “Life of St Francis” in the Upper Church of San Francesco in Assisi, Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “Good Government and Bad Government” in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena, and Signorelli’s fresco program in the Capella Nuova in Orvieto in the context of the theological and worship life of the late middle ages and early renaissance. Chris Slatoff will lecture on the sculpture programs of Nicholas Pisano and Lorenzo Maitani and lead the studio portion.

Course 2: TBD

Extended course descriptions are available upon request and will be posted on the professors’ moodle sites for their courses.

2. Who are the professors?

Dr. William Dyrness will be teaching TC 519 with sculptor Christopher Slatoff . Chris will also lead the group in sculpting sessions to compliment what is being discussed in class and seen on the excursions around Orvieto, Siena and Assisi.

3. Do I have to attend both courses?

No, the however the instruction for both courses will be interwoven over the two weeks, and first priority is given to Fuller students taking both courses for credit. There are a limited number of spaces for those who wish to participate.

Costs

1. Program fee

The program fee for participants is $900. This fee also holds a place for you on the trip. Most of these funds are used for expenses associated with the course: classroom rental, historic site entry fees, Siena and Assisi bus fare, local teaching materials, etc. The program fee is a one-time fee that each participant pays, whether you are taking the courses for credit or not. It is non-refundable, because we use it in advance to secure items needed in Italy.

2. Airfare, ground transportation, and other travel expenses

All Orvieto trip members are responsible for their own airfare and travel arrangements. Prices on flights vary depending on when you book your flight and your departure city. Your plane ticket to Rome from the US could be between $1500 and $1800. See travel information below for additional details about booking your flight and traveling from Rome to Orvieto.

Any other personal expenses are each participant’s responsibility.

3. Lodging & Meal Plan

The cost for lodging is $900 per person, which covers 14 nights with breakfasts, checking in on June 18 and checking out on July 3. If you would like to arrive early or stay longer, you’ll need to make your own lodging arrangements for the additional nights.

4. Medical and Travel Insurance

Fuller Seminary requires that you sign a liability release form and purchase medical insurance for summer quarter, as well as medical/evacuation and repatriation insurance for the trip. Details on these requirements will be in a separate memo that comes from Sam Bang, Director of International Services.

Dates/Deadlines

1. Application: March 30, 2015

Go here to register.

2. Program deposit: Due the same day you submit your application

3. Lodging and Meals: March 15, 2015

4. Participant fees: May 18, 2015

5. Insurance information

Release forms and proof of insurance may be submitted at the Orientation session. The absolute deadline will be May 25, 2015.

7. Flight itinerary

A copy of your flight itinerary will be due at Orientation as well.

8. Orientation

TBD

Travel Arrangements

1. What arrangements does the Brehm Center make for me?

We reserve lodging at San Lodovico for the nights of June 19 – July 2, checking out on July 3. In addition, we arrange for a meal plan that covers most of the meals during those days. Bus transportation for field trips is arranged by the Brehm Center, and we also purchase admission to the cathedrals and museums that we visit on the trip. In Orvieto, a Brehm Center representative will also take passport copies to the local police station to register each participant as a “tourist”, in order to obtain a “permesso di soggiorno” (permit to stay) for each person.

2. What arrangements am I responsible to make for myself?

Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements in and out of Rome, as well as purchase train tickets to and from Rome to Orvieto. If you decide to arrive early and/or stay after the program, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements.

3. When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive in Orvieto by noon on June 18 at the latest, in time for a welcome reception at San Lodovico at 7 pm that evening. Dinner on June 18 will be on your own. Classes begin morning of June 19. From past experience, it is best to take an overnight flight to Rome which will arrive on the morning of June 18. This will give you sufficient time to get to Orvieto by the afternoon, check into San Lodovico, have dinner, and join in the evening reception. Otherwise, you may arrive in Orvieto late at night and that gets complicated.

4. What airport do I fly into?

We recommend that you fly into Rome, since it is 70 miles south of Orvieto. The Rome airport is often referred to as Fiumicino (after the time of its location). Its official code letters are FCO; but its official name is Leonardo da Vinci Airport. It is located about 25 miles due west of Rome, right on the coast.

Important: As you fly through the various airports and are asked about your purpose in visiting Italy, please reply that you are going to Italy as a “tourist.” Giving a different answer could prevent you from entering the country, since visas are required when you are going to the country for business or educational purposes.

5. How do I get to Orvieto from Rome?

At the Rome Airport, be sure to buy a train ticket to Orvieto. Tickets to Orvieto are more expensive if you purchase them elsewhere. You will then travel form the Rome Airport via a special train line that links the airport to the main train station in Rome, called Termini. From there you can catch the train to Orvieto. Once you get off the train at the Orvieto stop, you will take the “funicular” from the train station to the top of the cliff. Then take bus B from the Piazza Cahen and ask the driver to stop at “Piazza Ranieri”.

We will provide a separate document with detailed instructions for traveling from the Rome Airport to San Lodovico, our accommodations in Orvieto.

6. What should I expect to pay for airfare?

Prices will vary depending on what airline you choose to use, your departure city, and when you buy the ticket. We estimate that you can purchase a ticket within the range of $1500–$1800.

7. What kind of currency do I need while in Italy?

You will use Euro in Italy. Currently, the exchange rate has been about $1 = €0.75. The following websites give up to date information on the exchange rate:

finance.yahoo.com/currency
www.xe.com/ucc
www.oanda.com

8. Is there an ATM and/or bank in Orvieto where I can take out/exchange money?

There are ATM machines and money exchange counters in the Rome Airport. Check with your bank to see what Italian banks they have a relationship with. If a relationship is established, you will likely have the ability and convenience of using local ATMs in Orvieto. Be sure to notify your bank and/or credit card company that you will be traveling in Italy and using ATM machines as well as charging items with your credit card. Otherwise, you may have to phone back to the States to get authorization to use your credit and debit cards.

9. Will I need a passport?

Yes.

Important: If you are not a US citizen, it is very important that you check on your country’s policies on travel to Italy.

10. How do I get a passport?

If you don’t have a passport already, you should begin the process to obtain one several months before your departure. You can find out more information about obtaining a passport online here.

Lodging and Meals

1. Where are we staying?

Everyone enrolled in the classes will be staying at Instituto San Lodovico:

Casa di Accoglienza religiosa San Lodovico
Piazza Ranieri, 5
05018 Orvieto (Terni)
tel. 0763/341739 fax 0763/391380

We have a limited number of rooms reserved specifically for our group.

2. How can I find out more information about San Lodovico?

More information about Instituto San Lodovico is available on their website.

3. What meals are included in the meal plan?

We will eat breakfasts at San Lodovico and this is included in the lodging fee. The meal plan begins with lunch on, June 19 and continues through July 2, with the exception of lunch and dinner on the field trip days: More details will be offered during orientation.

4. Can I opt out of the meal plan for specific meals if I want to eat elsewhere in Orvieto?

No. We make arrangements with a local restaurant owner to provide meals for our group as a convenience and to keep the cost of food down for everyone. We pay for these meals in advance and give him the number of people who will attend the meals. In addition to paying extra money if you choose to eat elsewhere, we also risk insulting the restaurant owner if he notices that there aren’t as many people at the meals as we have specified. Finally, eating meals together is an important part of the learning experience.

If you must miss one of the meals included in the plan while on the trip for any reason, please notify us beforehand, so that she can tell the owner to expect fewer people for that particular meal. However, you will not be reimbursed for missed meals.

5. How should I dress on the trip?

Please plan to dress modestly on the trip, keeping in mind that we will be visiting many sacred places and that we want to show respect by dressing accordingly. More details on dress will be available at the Orientation session.

6. Is there a recommended packing list?

Yes, we will provide a recommended packing list for you at Orientation. If you are not able to attend the Orientation session, information shared at that meeting will be sent to you.

If at all possible, plan on bringing only carry-on luggage: a roller bag that will fit in the overhead compartment plus a briefcase or backpack. You will be grateful that you do not have to carry suitcases up and down stairs and over cobblestone streets.

Schedule

1. What is the schedule for the trip?

A schedule will be made available at the Orientation in May.

2. Will we have any free time?

Yes, there will be free time in the afternoon and evenings and on the weekend according to the schedule.

There may be a curfew at night depending on the rules of Instituto San Lodovico. At the monastery where the program was held in previous years, the curfew was 10 pm. We expect you to honor the curfew time by giving yourself plenty of time to return to San Lodovico before the doors are shut for the night.

Refunds

1. If I need to withdraw from the experience for personal reasons, will I be able to get a refund?

The program fee is non-refundable; however, if an individual needs to cancel up to thirty days before the trip due to a family emergency or illness, we will consider refunding a portion of the fee on a case by case basis. The lodging and meal payment may be refunded according to the following schedule:

• 60-46 days prior: 75% of lodging
• 45-31 days prior: 50% of lodging
• 30-15 days prior: 25% of lodging
• 14 days or less: No refund available.

Contact Information

1. Who should I contact if I have additional questions about Orvieto?

Please call 626.304.3789 or email us at brehmcenter@fuller.edu

2. How can my family reach me when I am in Orvieto?

During the trip dates - June 19-July 02, 2015 - family members can call the Brehm Center at 626.304.3789 at the following toll free number in order to get messages to you: Phone contact number will be available at Orientation. You can also give them the information for San Lodovico listed above.

If you are intersted in taking part in this experience, go here to register now.

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Orvieto for Students

General Information

1. Dates: June 19- July 2, 2015

2. Where is Orvieto and why are we holding the courses there?

The beautiful town of Orvieto in the rolling hills of Italy’s Umbria region is one of the most important and best preserved medieval villages in Italy. It has been continuously occupied for at least two and a half millennia. The Orvieto Cathedral is also one of the best preserved European Gothic Cathedrals still in existence and has helped make the modestly-sized town a cultural and spiritual gathering point of significance. Orvieto is the place of origin of theholy day of Corpus Domini (also known as Corpus Christi). This celebration will take place just before the start of our courses.

Since 2005, when Dr. Dyrness went to Orvieto with seven students, the Brehm Center has sponsored summer courses in Orvieto with housing in a local monastery. Until summer 2010, the program was sponsored in partnership with Gordon College. This is the eigth Orvieto program.

This year we will stay at the Instituto San Lodovico, a convent of important historical interest. For more information on the convent, please visit their website.

Time in Orvieto is truly a wonderful and unique experience of medieval architecture, spirituality, and culture. It is the perfect setting to explore the ancient influences and contemporary application of medieval spirituality, art, and theology through these courses.

3. Who can participate?

The trip is open to Fuller students, students from other institutions, Fuller alumni and guests. However, first priority is given to Fuller students taking both of the courses for credit. Everyone who comes on the trip is expected to participate in the courses and related groupactivities.

4. Will there be an orientation session where I can ask questions and meet others who will be going on the trip?

Yes, see dates and deadline section below.

Courses

1. Course titles and descriptions

Course 1: TC519: TOPICS IN THEOLOGY AND ART: MEDIEVAL ART AND THEOLOGY. William Dyrness with Chris Slatoff.

DESCRIPTION: This course studies selected texts and artistic programs from the late medieval period, 1300–1500. Offered in Orvieto, Italy, it will feature in-depth study of Giotto’s “Life of St Francis” in the Upper Church of San Francesco in Assisi, Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s “Good Government and Bad Government” in the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena, and Signorelli’s fresco program in the Capella Nuova in Orvieto in the context of the theological and worship life of the late middle ages and early renaissance. Chris Slatoff will lecture on the sculpture programs of Nicholas Pisano and Lorenzo Maitani and lead the studio portion.

Course 2: TBD

Extended course descriptions are available upon request and will be posted on the professors’ moodle sites for their courses.

2. What Fuller requirements do these courses fulfill?

TC 519 Meets requirement for specialized courses in MA in Theology and Arts and WTA. Meets the MACL in Integrative Studies requirement for an interdisciplinary course (IDPL).

3. Who are the professors?

Dr. William Dyrness will be teaching TC 519 with sculptor Christopher Slatoff . Chris will also lead the group in sculpting sessions to compliment what is being discussed in class and seen on the excursions around Orvieto, Siena and Assisi.

4. Do I have to take both courses?

No. You do not have to take both courses, but first priority is given to students taking both courses for credit. However, if you take one course for credit, you are required to audit the other course, since the instruction for both courses will be interwoven over the two weeks.

5. Can I participate in the courses even if I don't wish to receive credit?

Yes, you may, but first priority is given to Fuller students taking both courses for credit, and there are a limited number of spaces for those who wish to participate. If you are interested in joining the Brehm Center Orvieto Experience as a non-credit seeking Participant, go here.

Costs

1. Program deposit

The program deposit of $375 holds a place for you on the trip. Most of these funds are used for expenses associated with the course: classroom rental, historic site entry fees, Siena and Assisi bus fare, local teaching materials, etc. The program deposit is a one-time fee that each participant pays, whether you are taking the courses for credit or auditing. It is non-
refundable, because we use it in advance to secure items needed in Italy.

2. Tuition

The standard School of Theology tuition rates apply. See the Fuller Seminary website for more details. Your tuition covers only the costs for the course and does not include travel, lodging and meals.

3. Airfare, ground transportation, and other travel expenses

All Orvieto trip members are responsible for their own airfare and travel arrangements. Prices on flights vary depending on when you book your flight and your departure city. Your plane ticket to Rome from the US could be between $1500 and $1800. See travel information below for additional details about booking your flight and traveling from Rome to Orvieto.

Any other personal expenses are each participant’s responsibility.

4. Lodging & Meal Plan

The cost for lodging is $900 per person, which covers 14 nights with breakfasts, checking in on June 18 and checking out on July 3. If you would like to arrive early or stay longer, you’ll need to make your own lodging arrangements for the additional nights.

5. Medical and Travel Insurance

Fuller Seminary requires that you sign a liability release form and purchase medical insurance for summer quarter, as well as medical/evacuation and repatriation insurance for the trip. Details on these requirements will be in a separate memo that comes from the Director of International Services.

Dates/Deadlines

1. Application: March 30, 2015

Go here to register.

2. Program deposit: Due the same day you submit your application

3. Lodging and Meals: March 15, 2015

4. Registration/Tuition: Fuller’s summer quarter registration for returning students begins in May of 2015. You will receive notification of the specific date and time that your registration period begings. 

5. Auditing fees: May 18, 2015

6. Insurance information

Release forms and proof of insurance may be submitted at the Orientation session which will be scheduled at a later date. The absolute deadline will be May 25, 2015.

7. Flight itinerary

A copy of your flight itinerary will be due at Orientation as well.

8. Orientation

TBD

Travel Arrangements

1. What arrangements does the Brehm Center make for me?

We reserve lodging at San Lodovico for the nights of June 19 – July 2, checking out on July 3. In addition, we arrange for a meal plan that covers most of the meals during those days. Bus transportation for field trips is arranged by the Brehm Center, and we also purchase admission to the cathedrals and museums that we visit on the trip. In Orvieto, a Brehm Center representative will also take passport copies to the local police station to register each participant as a “tourist”, in order to obtain a “permesso di soggiorno” (permit to stay) for each person.

2. What arrangements am I responsible to make for myself?

Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements in and out of Rome, as well as purchase train tickets to and from Rome to Orvieto. If you decide to arrive early and/or stay after the program, you will need to make your own lodging arrangements.

3. When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive in Orvieto by noon on June 19 to take an overnight flight to Rome which will arrive on the morning of June 18. This will give you sufficient time to get to Orvieto by the afternoon, check into San Lodovico, have dinner, and join in the evening reception. Otherwise, you may arrive in Orvieto late at night and that gets complicated.

4. What airport do I fly into?

We recommend that you fly into Rome, since it is 70 miles south of Orvieto. The Rome airport is often referred to as Fiumicino (after the time of its location). Its official code letters are FCO; but its official name is Leonardo da Vinci Airport. It is located about 25 miles due west of Rome, right on the coast.

Important: As you fly through the various airports and are asked about your purpose in visiting Italy, please reply that you are going to Italy as a “tourist.” Giving a different answer could prevent you from entering the country, since visas are required when you are going to the country for business or educational purposes.

5. How do I get to Orvieto from Rome?

At the Rome Airport, be sure to buy a train ticket to Orvieto. Tickets to Orvieto are more expensive if you purchase them elsewhere. You will then travel form the Rome Airport via a special train line that links the airport to the main train station in Rome, called Termini. From there you can catch the train to Orvieto. Once you get off the train at the Orvieto stop, you will take the “funicular” from the train station to the top of the cliff. Then take bus B from the Piazza Cahen and ask the driver to stop at “Piazza Ranieri”.

We will provide a separate document with detailed instructions for traveling from the Rome Airport to San Lodovico, our accommodations in Orvieto.

6. What should I expect to pay for airfare?

Prices will vary depending on what airline you choose to use, your departure city, and when you buy the ticket. We estimate that you can purchase a ticket within the range of $1500 –$1800.

7. What kind of currency do I need while in Italy?

You will use Euro in Italy. The following websites give up to date information on the exchange rate:

finance.yahoo.com/currency
www.xe.com/ucc
www.oanda.com

8. Is there an ATM and/or bank in Orvieto where I can take out/exchange money?

There are ATM machines and money exchange counters in the Rome Airport. Check with your bank to see what Italian banks they have a relationship with. If a relationship is established, you will likely have the ability and convenience of using local ATMs in Orvieto. Be sure to notify your bank and/or credit card company that you will be traveling in Italy and using ATM machines as well as charging items with your credit card. Otherwise, you may have to phone back to the States to get authorization to use your credit and debit cards.

9. Will I need a passport?

Yes.

Important: If you are not a US citizen, it is very important that you check on your country’s policies on travel to Italy. In addition, we suggest that you consult with Sam Bang, the Director of International Student Services at Fuller Seminary to make sure that your student visa will allow you to re-enter the US after the trip.

10. How do I get a passport?

If you don’t have a passport already, you should begin the process to obtain one several months before your departure. You can find out more information about obtaining a passport online here.

Lodging and Meals

1. Where are we staying?

Everyone enrolled in the classes will be staying at Instituto San Lodovico:

Casa di Accoglienza religiosa San Lodovico
Piazza Ranieri, 5
05018 Orvieto (Terni)
tel. 0763/341739 fax 0763/391380

We have a limited number of rooms reserved specifically for our group.

2. How can I find out more information about San Lodovico?

More information about Instituto San Lodovico is available on their website.

3. What meals are included in the meal plan?

We will eat breakfasts at San Lodovico and this is included in the lodging fee. The meal plan begins with lunch on, June 19 and continues through July 2, with the exception of lunch and dinner on the field trip days: More details will be offered during orientation.

4. Can I opt out of the meal plan for specific meals if I want to eat elsewhere in Orvieto?

No. We make arrangements with a local restaurant owner to provide meals for our group as a convenience and to keep the cost of food down for everyone. We pay for these meals in advance and give him the number of people who will attend the meals. In addition to paying extra money if you choose to eat elsewhere, we also risk insulting the restaurant owner if he notices that there aren’t as many people at the meals as we have specified. Finally, eating meals together is an important part of the learning experience.

If you must miss one of the meals included in the plan while on the trip for any reason, please notify us beforehand, so that she can tell the owner to expect fewer people for that particular meal. However, you will not be reimbursed for missed meals.

5. How should I dress on the trip?

Please plan to dress modestly on the trip, keeping in mind that we will be visiting many sacred places and that we want to show respect by dressing accordingly. More details on dress will be available at the Orientation session.

6. Is there a recommended packing list?

Yes, we will provide a recommended packing list for you at Orientation. If you are not able to attend the Orientation session, information shared at that meeting will be sent to you.

If at all possible, plan on bringing only carry-on luggage: a roller bag that will fit in the overhead compartment plus a briefcase or backpack. You will be grateful that you do not have to carry suitcases up and down stairs and over cobblestone streets.

Schedule

1. What is the schedule for the trip?

A schedule will be made available at the Orientation in May.

2. Will we have any free time?

Yes, there will be free time in the afternoon and evenings and on the weekend according to the schedule.

There may be a curfew at night depending on the rules of Instituto San Lodovico. At the monastery where the program was held in previous years, the curfew was 10 pm. We expect you to honor the curfew time by giving yourself plenty of time to return to San Lodovico before the doors are shut for the night.

Refunds

1. If I need to withdraw from the courses for personal reasons, will I be able to get a refund?

The program fee is non-refundable; however, if an individual needs to cancel up to thirty days before the trip due to a family emergency or illness, we will consider refunding a portion of the fee on a case by case basis. The lodging and meal payment may be refunded according to the following schedule:

• 60-46 days prior: 75% of lodging
• 45-31 days prior: 50% of lodging
• 30-15 days prior: 25% of lodging
• 14 days or less: No refund available.

Contact Information

1. Who should I contact if I have additional questions about Orvieto?

Please call 626-304-3724 or email us at brehmcenter@fuller.edu

2. How can my family reach me when I am in Orvieto?

During the trip dates - June 19-July 02, 2014 - family members can call Beatriz Rodriguez at the following toll free number in order to get messages to you: Phone contact number will be available at Orientation. You can also give them the information for San Lodovico listed above.

If you are intersted in taking part in this course, go here to register now.

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SXSW for Participants

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SXSW Immersion Course 2015
March 17-21, 2015
TC 515: Understanding Popular Music.
Instructors: Barry Taylor with Nate Risdon

Immersion Course Overview

We live in an age where popular music provides a “soundtrack” to our lives; this course will explore the theological implications of this cultural artifact, including an immersive exposure to the live music experience at the South by Southwest Festival. The course will explore the relationship between music makers and their audiences from a phenomenological and theological perspective

Winter Quarter 2014 Course 

Here is a link to the ECD for TC 515 Understanding Popular Music, the course being taught both online and in Austin, Texas.

Participants 

Participants sit in on the class as it meets in Austin at the SXSW music festival from March 17-21. Participants cannot access the online portion of the class prior to our time together in Austin. Participants are defined as the following: 

local church leaders and musicians
spouses
prospective students and alumni

Participants do not need to fill out an application in order to participate. Participants become enrolled as such by filling out this information form and submitting the participation fee (see below).

Participant Fee: $925.00. In order to participate in the class, participants are required to pay the participation fee. Please click on this LINK and follow the directions. Once you have paid the participation fee, we will be in contact with you regarding further details. You can also receive 4 units of continuing education credit for your participation in the class. If you are interested in continuing education credit, please contact Nate Risdon (naterisdon@fuller.edu) for more details. 

Accommodations

Participants in this course will be provided lodging through host families. It is likely that you will be staying with at least one other participant or student of the same gender. Students and participants are expected during the course of their stay to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s community standards.  Please note that host families are not chauffeurs. Host families may choose to provide breakfast for you, but are not required to do so. 

As a participant you can choose to opt out of a home stay and find your own accommodations. If you chose to find your own housing or plan on staying with friends or family, transportation to and from class will not be provided. 

Arrival

Please plan arriving on Monday, March 16. We will have a welcome dinner on Monday evening that you should plan on attending. Class will begin on Tuesday morning at 10:00am. You will be responsible for getting to the location of the dinner whether you are flying into Austin or driving. Important note, at the dinner:

This is when you will be assigned to your host family.

Transportation

To and from Austin

If coming from out of town, you are responsible to get to Austin. If flying by air, please make arrangements to fly in to the Austin airport. If driving, please make note of the location of our welcome dinner. 

Ground transport during the class 

We will have vans to pick you up at your host family’s home each morning that class is in session. There will also be a designated pick up schedule in evening to get you back to your host home. The details of this pick up schedule will be announced via an email the week before we are set to arrive in Austin.   Again, transportation is provided only for those staying in designated host homes.

Estimated Travel Costs

Airfare: $400-800 round trip

Additional Costs

Please budget for covering the cost of most of your meals and other incidentals.

Please full out this form if you are interested in participating in this course.

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SXSW for Students

SXSW Immersion Course 2015
March 17-21, 2015
TC 515: Understanding Popular Music.
Instructors: Barry Taylor with Nate Risdon

Immersion Course Overview

We live in an age where popular music provides a “soundtrack” to our lives; this course will explore the theological implications of this cultural artifact, including an immersive exposure to the live music experience at the South by Southwest Festival. The course will explore the relationship between music makers and their audiences from a phenomenological and theological perspective

Winter Quarter Course 

Here is a link to the ECD for TC 515 Understanding Popular Music, the course being taught both online and in Austin, Texas.

This is a hybrid course that begins online and wraps up in Austin, Texas from March 17-21. 

Program Fee: $325. Collected with registration fees. 

Registration Fee: $1460

Enrollment

This is a winter quarter course. The official registration for this course will take place online at your standard registration time. The program fee will be charged to your student account. We are also asking all students to fill out this information form to help us better communicate with you.

Accommodations

Participants in this course will be provided lodging through host families. It is likely that you will be staying with at least one other student of the same gender. Students and participants are expected during the course of their stay to abide by Fuller Theological Seminary’s community standards.  Please note that host families are not chauffeurs. Host families may choose to provide breakfast for you, but are not required to do so.

Please note, as a student you can choose to opt out of a home stay and find your own accommodations. If you chose to find your own housing or plan on staying with friends or family, transportation to and from class will not be provided. 

Arrival

Please plan arriving on Monday, March 16. We will have a welcome dinner on Monday evening that you should plan on attending. Class will begin on Tuesday morning at 10:00am. You will be responsible for getting to the location of the dinner whether you are flying into Austin or driving. 

Transportation

To and from Austin

If coming from out of town, you are responsible to get to Austin. If flying by air, please make arrangements to fly in to the Austin airport. If driving, please make note of the location of the church hosting the welcome dinner. 

Ground transport during the class 

We will have vans to pick you up at your host family’s home each morning that class is in session. There will also be a designated pick up schedule in evening to get you back to your host home. The details of this pick up schedule will be announced via an email the week before we are set to arrive in Austin.  Again, transportation is provided only for those staying in designated host homes.

Estimated Travel Costs

Airfare: $400-800 round trip

Additional Costs

Please budget for covering the cost of most of your meals and other incidentals.

Please fill out this information form to put your name on the list for SXSW.

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Orvieto

Sojourn to the quaint hilltop town of Orvieto, Italy.  There you will live and study as a community in the historic San Lodovico Convent.  The experience includes daily course gatherings, trips to a variety of medieval religious and artistic sites in Orvieto, as well as day trips to other cities in the surrounding area. Participants will be immersed in Italian culture, both present and past, giving them the opportunity to dive deeply and holistically into a rich feast of theology, spirituality, and art.

If you are interested in learning more about taking the Brehm Center Orvieto Experience as a Student, go here.

If you are interested in learning more about taking the Brehm Center Orvieto Experience as a non-credit seeking Participant, go here.

Whether as a Student or as a Participant, if you are interested in going, please contact us at brehmcenter@fuller.edu or 626.304.3789, and we'll add you to the interest list.

Please note: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this trip and the large number of interested students, priority will be given to students taking both courses for credit.

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Sundance

Experience the Sundance Film Festival with Fuller Theological Seminary and the Windrider Forum as part of the Brehm Center's Sundance Experience. Engage with culture-makers of the cinema in a community of believers. Learn to better dialog with the world of cinema and the world at large. Spend a week you'll never forget in Park City. 

In a past issue, Relevant Magazine wrote an article on our Sundance course with a wonderful description of what we do at the Sundance Film Festival and why we do it - to engage "with culture-makers of the cinema in a community of believers."

If you are interested in learning more about taking in the Brehm Center Sundance Experience as a Student, go here.

If you are interested in learning more about taking in the Brehm Center Sundance Experience as a non-credit seeking Participant, go here.

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SXSW

We live in an age where popular music provides a “soundtrack” to our lives; this experience will explore the theological implications of this cultural artifact, including an immersive exposure to the live music experience at the South by Southwest Festival. Together, we will explore the relationship between music makers and their audiences from a phenomenological and theological perspective.

If you are interested in learning more about taking the Brehm Center SXSW Experience as a Student, go here.

If you are interested in learning more about taking in the Brehm Center SXSW Experience as a non-credit seeking Participant, go here.

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Brehm Scholars: Past & Present

 

The Brehm Center scholars show exceptional promise to be leaders in church, academic, missions or arts related vocations. In 2007, through the initiative and generosity of William K. and Delores S. Brehm, scholarships were established in their name for Fuller Theological Seminary students enrolled in Worship, Theology, and the Arts concentrations. The three Brehm Scholarships are awarded to a Master of Arts student, a Master of Divinity student, and a PhD student.

 

The Master of Arts and Master of Divinity scholarships are currently available. Fuller's Student Financial Services (SFS) is currently taking applications. To learn more about the scholarships click here.  You will be redirected to the SFS website where you can download the Brehm Scholarship application form.

 

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How Brehm Center Conversations Work

How Do I "Start a Conversation?"

Don't be intimidated!  Starting a conversation simply means adding your voice in some way, and asking others to join in.

Did you just see a video on Vimeo that moved you?  Post it here and let us all know how it moved you.

Did you hear a lyric or read a poem that made you think about deeper issues of life?  Post it here, and start a conversation about it.

Are you wrestling with thick questions concerning life, art, or faith (or the mixture of all three?)  Post your questions here, and we hope you'll find others willing to dialogue with you.

Reading a quote that you disagreed with, but it still caused you to reflect on Christ?  Post it here.  Challenge us.

Most of all, join into other conversations by commenting.  We're all beginners here.  

 

Some Strong Suggestions (Conversations "Rules")

Multiple or repeated posting in order to increase your post count is not allowed.  It is also very boring of you.

While we encourage debate and discussion, we will not tolerate rudeness, insulting posts, personal attacks or purposeless inflammatory posts. Our decision is final. 

Advertising, spamming and trolling is not allowed.  However, if you are able to post intelligently about trolls, leprechauns, and unicorns' value to art, go for it.

We reserve the right to remove offensive posts without notice.  
 
If you are going to post non-English here, please also post an English translation of your post.  That's really helpful!

While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate everything. Consequently we reserve the right to take any actions we deem appropriate to ensure these conversations are not abused in any way.
 

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Brehm Emphasis

The Brehm Center does not operate as a separate school at Fuller. Rather, a Brehm Center Emphasis can be pursued in tandem with any current Fuller Seminary Degree program in the schools of Theology, Psychology, or Intercultural Studies. 

Through the offering of Fuller Theological Seminary, the center empowers and equips a new generation of artists and church leaders to effectively integrate worship, theology, and the arts in order to enrich the encounter with God and the world. Our emphases allow for considerable flexibility and customized foci so students can tailor their degree to reflect their specific calling. Academic Degree Programs related to the arts include:

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For more information on our emphases and foci, please contact Nate Risdon at naterisdon@fuller.edu

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Brehm Center believes in the revitalization of the Church through the arts and the renewing of culture through beauty. Our Emphases empower artists, theologians and leaders to live as integrated agents of change for Christ and the world. 

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Founded in 2001, and named after Fuller Seminary Board of Trustee members William and Delores Brehm, the Brehm Center’s mission is to revitalize the church and culture through the arts. We believe that God is the original artist, the first Creator. By engaging expert faculty, world-class artists, and visiting scholars to investigate the theory and practice of making art in ministry, we hope to inspire a new generation of culture-changers for Jesus’ name.  

The Brehm Center and its initiatives sponsor research, community outreach, and integrated education in worship, theology and the arts. The Brehm Center does not operate as a separate school at Fuller. Rather, a Brehm Center Emphasis can be pursued in tandem with any current Fuller Seminary Degree program in the schools of Theology, Psychology, or Intercultural Studies. 

About Our Founders

In 1994, William K (Bill) and Delores S. (Dee) Brehm urged Fuller Seminary to provide opportunities for the integration of worship, theology, and the arts. The Brehms offered their support for this initiative by endowing a faculty chair and then founding the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts in 2001. Bill has been on Fuller’s Board of Trustees since 1983 and was a past board chair.

Bill and Dee are devoted to diabetes research and have created a center for research on Type 1 Diabetes at the University of Michigan Medical School. They have also worked with Dee’s alma mater Eastern Michigan University to establish a scholarship program for those pursuing careers in special education. Read more...

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Privacy Policy of Brehm Center

To Our Individual Clients:

Your privacy is important to us, and maintaining your trust and confidence is one of our highest priorities. We respect your right to keep your personal information confidential and understand your desire to avoid unwanted solicitations. A recent law change requires us (along with banks, brokerage houses, and other financial institutions) to disclose our Privacy Policy to you – which we are more than happy to do. We hope that by taking a few minutes to read it, you will have a better understanding of what we do with the information you provide us and how we keep it private and secure.

A. Types of Information We Collect

We collect certain personal information about you – but only when that information is provided by you or is obtained by us with your authorization. We use that information to prepare your personal income tax returns and may also provide various tax and financial planning services to you at your request.

Examples of sources from which we collect information include:

  • interviews and phone calls with you,
  • letters or e-mails from you,
  • tax return or financial planning organizers, and
  • financial history questionnaires.

B. Parties to Whom We Disclose Information

As a general rule, we do not disclose personal information about our clients or former clients to anyone. However, to the extent permitted by law and any applicable state Code of Professional Conduct, certain nonpublic information about you may be disclosed in the following situations:

  • To comply with a validly issued and enforceable subpoena or summons.
  • In the course of a review of our firm’s practices under the authorization of a state or national licensing board, or as necessary to properly respond to an inquiry or complaint from such a licensing board of organization.
  • In conjunction with a prospective purchase, sale, or merger of all or part of our practice, provided that we take appropriate precautions (for example, through a written confidentiality agreement) so the prospective purchaser or merger partner does not disclose information obtained in the course of the review.
  • As a part of any actual or threatened legal proceedings or alternative dispute resolution proceedings either initiated by or against us, provided we disclose only the information necessary to file, pursue, or defend against the lawsuit and take reasonable precautions to ensure that the information disclosed does not become a matter of public record.
  • To provide information to affiliates of the firm and nonaffiliated third parties who perform services or functions for us in conjunction with our services to you, but only if we have a contractual agreement with the other party which prohibits them from disclosing or using the information other than for the purposes for which it was disclosed. (Examples of such disclosures include using an outside service bureau to process tax returns or engaging a records-retention agency to store prior year records.)

C. Confidentiality and Security of Nonpublic Personal Information

Except as otherwise described in this notice, we restrict access to nonpublic personal information about you to employees of our firm and other parties who must use that information to provide services to you. Their right to further disclose and use the information is limited by the policies of out firm, applicable law, our Code of Professional Conduct, and nondisclosure agreements where appropriate. We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in compliance with applicable laws and regulations to guard your personal information from unauthorized access, alteration, or premature destruction.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your accounting, tax, and financial planning needs. We value your business and are committed to protecting you privacy. We hope you view our firm as your most trusted advisor and we will work to continue earning your trust. Please call us if you have any questions or if we can be of further service.

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