Barry has served at Fuller Seminary in a number of capacities. On finishing his PhD at Fuller, he worked initially for the Brehm Center as co-director for the Reel Spirituality Institute and also began teaching theology and culture classes on music, film, pop culture and contemporary theology as an adjunct professor.
Currently, he works as the Brehm Center's Artist in Residence, continuing his teaching and work with students, as well as serving as an advisor and guide to the Brehm Center as it has undergone a re-envisioning and branding process.
In addition to his work at Fuller, Barry serves as associate rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills and teaches advertising and consumer culture at the Art Center College of Design's School of Advertising.
A talented song writer, he has composed music for movie soundtracks and has produced his own music CDs. Barry travels globally, speaking on a wide variety of issues related to the intersections of theology and contemporary culture. He coauthored A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture and A Heretic's Guide to Eternity. His latest book, Entertainment Theology: New Edge Spirituality in a Digital Democracy, was published in 2008.
Christopher Slatoff was launched into the art world at an early age; his father was a painter and an art professor. Christopher studied both here and in France, ultimately obtaining his BFA in Sculpture from Cal State Long Beach.
He has had several solo exhibitions, including one at the San Diego Art Institute, and participated in many group shows at galleries, museums and universities in Southern California, Arizona and New York. Christopher's San Diego work also includes working with the Ilan Lael Foundation and exhibiting in the "Sculpture San Diego" exhibitions. He was recently invited to join the California Art Club in Pasadena, and is showing in their annual juried show. Christopher has also completed international sculpture projects in Japan, Holland and the Canary Islands.
Christopher has been very involved in bringing art into the community His public art commissions range from "Sheltering Wings" for the San Diego Port Commission at Shoreline Park in Coronado, to seven life-size commissions for churches in both California and Texas.
In 1986 Christopher had a California Artist in Residence Grant to work with special needs children in the Vista School System. He has worked in his community to establish both expanded in-classroom and after-school art programs. Currently he is serving as a guest artist facilitator in sculpture for children at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, a state mental institution.
Since relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1997, the artist has done a number of projects for the movie studios, including a featured angel grave marker for the Paramount film "Face-Off", and a mother and child sculpture for Disney's "Enemy of The State". More recently, Christopher was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by the California Art Club. As artist-in-residence with the Brehm Center, Christopher has served as guest lecturer in a number of Fuller Seminary classes including the courses taught in Orvieto, Italy.
The Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauralee Farrer as Brehm Center Artist-in-Residence.
Members of the Fuller Community know Lauralee for her work as a writer and editor for the seminary’s journal Theology, News & Notes. However, her real passion is filmmaking.
As president, director, and principal filmmaker of Burning Heart Productions, Lauralee Farrer is the creative energy behind the award-winning documentary Laundry and Tosca and the feature-length documentary The Fair Trade — the launch film for the Film Baby, Ryko, and Warner series of “Powerful Films.” Farrer is currently writer/director on the feature narrative Not That Funny (2011) starring Tony Hale (Arrested Development) and Brigid Brannaugh (Army Wives), and in development on narrative features Regarding the Holidays (2012), Praying the Hours, and Evangeline among others.
Much of the material from which her directing and screenwriting voice emerges comes from Farrer’s freelance work for humanitarian organizations. This work took her to Spain when Franco died, to Kenya during the droughts of 1981 and 1991, to Somalia when the war broke out, and to Uganda to write about early outbreaks of AIDS and the plight of its orphans. She wrote of the Sisters of Charity in Ethiopia, was in Moscow when the 1991 coup took place, and when Leningrad became St. Petersburg again. She was in East Germany before and after the wall went down, in Mexico City to write about cultures of poverty, and in U.S. cities like Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston to write about American life. She lived in a Benedictine community in Denver, Colorado for three years—a providential experience that formed much of the basis for her book Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life (2010) and feature film, Praying the Hours.
Farrer, who has been writing and producing professionally for over thirty years, was co-producer for Lovestruck Pictures’ award-winning feature romantic comedy The Best Man in Grass Creek. Her first personal film project was Laundry and Tosca, which investigates the life of soprano Marcia Whitehead and explores the idea of whether simply following a dream can be enough to build a meaningful life. An event combining the film screening, Whitehead singing, and Farrer speaking has been presented in the years following its completion. Similarly, her feature documentary The Fair Trade has continued to have a rich life beyond festivals and international distribution. Events with various combinations of film screenings, music, social activism awareness, and Farrer’s public speaking have been presented in recent years at film festivals, panels, conferences, colleges, summits, and churches, in both professional and private environments, which has increased the occasion for her public speaking.
Lauralee has been a valued advisor and emissary of the Brehm Center since its inception over a decade ago. She is someone with a unique voice in the area of the arts and spirituality. Her contributions have helped shape the development of the center and the Fuller students who continually seek her out as a mentor. We are extremely grateful and honored that Lauralee Farrer is now officially affiliated with the Brehm Center as an artist-in-residence.
To read the full manuscript of Lauralee's Artist as Intercessor talk click here.