Conversations

Orvieto for Participants

General Information

1. Dates: June 20–July 2, 2014

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

SP500: SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES. Richard Peace with Judy Peace.

DESCRIPTION: Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions which, in turn, often emerge from the life and experience of spiritual pioneers. In this course we will explore the lives of various key figures drawn from the Medieval and Catholic Reformation era, four of whom are from Umbria, Italy. Their stories will be set in the context of the medieval understanding of liturgy and spirituality. In particular, the tension between church-based spirituality (the Eucharist) and experiential spirituality (mystical experience) will be examined. These figures include Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, and Teresa of Ávila. Judy Peace will serve as guest lecturer focusing on the women mystics. Offered in Orvieto, Italy the course will include trips to Assisi and Siena as well as exploration of the town of Orvieto, in particular its cathedral.

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.

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. Richard Peace will be teaching SP 500 with his wife Judy Peace as guest lecturer.

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 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 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 $650 per person, which covers 13 nights with breakfasts, checking in on June 19 and checking out on July 2. 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, 2014

Go here to register.

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

3. Lodging and Meals: March 15, 2014

4. Participant fees: May 18, 2014

5. Insurance information

Release forms and proof of insurance may be submitted at the Orientation session on May 18. The absolute deadline will be May 25, 2014.

7. Flight itinerary

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

8. Orientation

May 18, 2014 at 10 am in the Geneva Room, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA

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 2. 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 at the latest, in time for a welcome reception at San Lodovico at 7 pm that evening. Dinner on June 19 will be on your own. Classes begin morning of June 20. From past experience, it is best to take an overnight flight to Rome which will arrive on the morning of June 19. 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 20 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 Beatriz 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 tentative schedule is available from Beatriz Rodriguez. A more complete 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?

Beatriz Rodriguez, 626-584-5327, beatrizrodriguez@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 experience, go here to register now.

Conversations

Orvieto for Students

General Information

1. Dates: June 20- July 2, 2014

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

SP500: SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES. Richard Peace with Judy Peace.

DESCRIPTION: Spiritual practices emerge out of spiritual traditions which, in turn, often emerge from the life and experience of spiritual pioneers. In this course we will explore the lives of various key figures drawn from the Medieval and Catholic Reformation era, four of whom are from Umbria, Italy. Their stories will be set in the context of the medieval understanding of liturgy and spirituality. In particular, the tension between church-based spirituality (the Eucharist) and experiential spirituality (mystical experience) will be examined. These figures include Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, and Teresa of Ávila. Judy Peace will serve as guest lecturer focusing on the women mystics. Offered in Orvieto, Italy the course will include trips to Assisi and Siena as well as exploration of the town of Orvieto, in particular its cathedral.

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.

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?

SP 500 meets the program requirement for MAT, MATM, MACL, MAIS (2010) or MA requirement in Foundational Spirituality (FSP, SP2, or SPIR).

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. Richard Peace will be teaching SP 500 with his wife Judy Peace as guest lecturer.

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 $650 per person, which covers 13 nights with breakfasts, checking in on June 19 and checking out on July 2. 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 Sam Bang, Director of International Services.

Dates/Deadlines

1. Application: March 30, 2014

Go here to register.

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

3. Lodging and Meals: March 15, 2014

4. Registration/Tuition: Fuller’s summer quarter registration for returning students begins on May 14, 2014.

5. Auditing fees: May 18, 2014

6. Insurance information

Release forms and proof of insurance may be submitted at the Orientation session on May 18. The absolute deadline will be May 25, 2014.

7. Flight itinerary

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

8. Orientation

May 18, 2014 at 10 am in the Geneva Room, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA

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 2. 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 at the latest, in time for a welcome reception at San Lodovico at 7 pm that evening. Dinner on June 19 will be on your own. Classes begin morning of June 20. From past experience, it is best to take an overnight flight to Rome which will arrive on the morning of June 19. 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. 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 20 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 Beatriz 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 tentative schedule is available from Beatriz Rodriguez. A more complete 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?

Beatriz Rodriguez, 626-584-5327, beatrizrodriguez@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

Course Summary - TC 515: Understanding Popular Music

Instructors: Barry Taylor with Nate Risdon

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.

Non-Student Participant
Non-student participants are not eligible to access the online portion of the class. Non-student participants are eligible to join the class when it meets in Austin at the SXSW music festival from March 10-14.  Non-student participants are defined as the following:

• spouses of enrolled students
• local church leaders and church musicians and their spouses
• prospective Fuller students and Fuller alumni

Participant Fee: $750.00.

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, you will be contacted by a representative of the Brehm Center and provided additional information along with a Relase from Liability Form which must be signed in order to participate. 

Accommodations

Participants:

• May provide their own accomodations or
• Lodge at no cost with a host family from a local church.
• 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 and/maids. Host families may choose to provide breakfast for you, but are not required to do so.

Arrival

There will be a welcome dinner at on Sunday, March 9 in the evening held at a local church for students and participants as well as their host families. Please make arrangements to arrive in Austin by Sunday, March 9 by early afternoon (exact time and location of the church will be provided at a later date). 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 (if applicable).
• This is when the wristbands for venue access will be passed out. (Please note: there is only one wristband per student and participant. If you lose it, you are responsible for replacing it).

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

You may provide your own transportation or you may be picked you up at your host family’s home each morning that class is in session. There will also be a designated pick up schedule during the afternoon and evening to get you back to your host home. The details of this pick up schedule will be announced at the welcome dinner on Sunday, March 9.

Estimated Travel Costs

Airfare: $400-800 round trip

Additional Costs

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

Additional Information including a Relase from Liability form will be forthcoming in January.

Medical/Health Insurance

All non-student participants are required to provide their own medical/health insurance. The seminary provides no insurance coverage for non-students. 

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Course Summary - TC 515: Understanding Popular Music

Instructors: Barry Taylor with Nate Risdon

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. This is a hybrid course that begins online and wraps up in Austin, Texas from March 10-14. Your physical presence is required in Austin, Texas from March 10-14.

Program Fee: $275. Collected with registration fees.

Registration Fee: $1460

Registration
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.

Accommodations
Students may:

• provide their own housing in Austin. If you choose to do so, please notify the Brehm Center by the 2nd week of the winter quarter.
• lodge at no cost with a host family from a local church. It is likely that you will be staying with at least one other student of the same gender.
• Students 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 and/or maids. Host families may choose to provide breakfast for you, but are not required to do so.

Arrival
There will be a welcome dinner at on Sunday, March 9 in the evening held at a local church for students and participants as well as their host families. Please make arrangements to arrive in Austin by Sunday, March 9 by early afternoon (exact time and location of the church will be provided at a later date). 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 (if applicable).
• This is when the wristbands for venue access will be passed out. (Please note: there is only one wristband per student and participant. If you lose it, you are responsible for replacing it).

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

You may provide your own transportation or you may be picked you up at your host family’s home each morning that class is in session. There will also be a designated pick up schedule during the afternoon and evening to get you back to your host home. The details of this pick up schedule will be announced at the welcome dinner on Sunday, March 9.

Estimated Travel Costs

Airfare: $400-800 round trip

Additional Costs

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

Additional Information including a Relase from Liability form will be forthcoming in January.

Medical Health Insurance

All students are required to have standard health insurance in place during the academic quarter for which this course takes place.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Certificate

From galleries to world-class theatre and music from every corner of the globe, New York offers so many unexpected moments of beauty and wonder as well as the paradox of destruction and decay.

The Brehm Center and Fuller Theological Seminary are proud to announce a certificate in Theology and the Arts with several core classes being held in New York City in the summer of 2013. The six-course certificate is for students desiring personal enrichment, training for a specialized ministry or wanting to determine whether a seminary degree should be a future goal. Students participating in this certificate have the option to travel to New York and other locations to study in person with Fuller's world class faculty.  Additional theological study can continue online to further prepare students to explore the multitude of theological issues we face today in relation to our ever-evolving culture. Through these courses, we ask participants to consider in light of their studies, what their vocation is-- what has God called you to do, to be?

For further information including how to apply for the certificate, curriculum, or other information about the program, click here

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Jubilate!

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Brehm Center and the Fred Bock Institute of Music, we invite you to take advantage of this free download of a selection from the CD Jubilate!.

"Sanctus" is one of the movements from Jubilate! (click to purchase), an ancient-future mass composed and directed by Ed Willmington and performed by the Fuller Vocal Ensemble. While you are on our website, take time to explore the resources provided by Brehm Center's various initiatives, learn of upcoming events, and discover ways you can participate in the Brehm mission to engage theology and the arts for the Church.

Download the song "Sanctus" here.

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Brehm Center Tenth Anniversary

Spring 2011 through spring 2012 marks the Brehm Center’s 10th anniversary year with a number of events planned based on the theme of “Engaging the Senses.” Established at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2001, the Brehm Center provides a unique space for artists, lay leaders, and theologians to explore the integration of worship, theology, and the arts in Church and culture.

 

2011

Nov 3-4 -- Brehm Lectures: “The Art of Prophecy, the Prophecy of Art”

Dec-Jan -- WTA Student Art Exhibit, David Allan Hubbard Library

 

2012

Feb 11 -- Worship Conference: “Forming Hearts, Creating Art”

Feb 12 -- Festival of Worship

Apr 14 -- Getty Concert

Apr 15 -- Closing Worship Service

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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.  

 

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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:

Doctoral Emphases


Masters Level Emphases

  • Theology and Arts Emphasis (For the MAT degree)
  • Worship, Theology, and the Arts Emphasis (For the MATM or MDiv degrees)
  • Worship and Music Ministry Emphasis (For the MATM or MDiv degrees)
  • Church and Contemporary Culture Emphasis (MATM, MDiv) description coming soon


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

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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.  

Often described as an “evangelical think tank”, 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. Read more...

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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.

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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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