Seattle Pacific University
Center for Integrity in Business

December 2012


"Business Changing the World" Track at Urbana 12

Urbana 12

The CIB will host the Business Changing the World track at Urbana 12, December 27–31, in St. Louis, Missouri. Within this track, hundreds of students and marketplace leaders will gather to worship, study, and learn how business can be a powerful expression of God’s work in the world.

The program will feature a wide range of business leaders from around the world who are seeking to bless and serve others by launching businesses and building great companies. To learn more about our program and speakers, visit the business track page on Urbana's website.

Economics and Theology Forum
for Church and Marketplace Leaders

On April 1012, 2013, the Center for Integrity in Business and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education will host a conversation in partnership with the Acton Institute on the intersection of business, economics, and Wesleyan theology. This series of seminars will examine how Wesley's practical theology, with its focus on the complete integration of life and faith in holiness, can speak to marketplace and church leaders in building a flourishing society in the workplace.

Speakers include Bob Doll, chief equity strategist for Nuveen Asset Management; Sondra Wheeler, professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and author of Wealth as Peril and Obligation: Possessions in the New Testament; David Wright, provost at Indiana Wesleyan; Stephen Grabill, research scholar in theology at Acton Institute; and Chris Armstrong, professor of church history at Bethel Seminary.

2013 Summer Institute
for Seminarians, Pastors, and Business Leaders

The CIB (School of Business and Economics) and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education (School of Theology) are launching a training institute in the summer of 2013. The Summer Institute will offer topics related to workplace theology, economics, and the purpose of business. Two of the courses already confirmed are:

These courses may be taken for personal enrichment, continuing education, or graduate degree purposes. Contact Kelsey Rorem ( or 206-378-5415) in the Center for Biblical and Theological Education for more information.

Featured Articles

Response cover


Response is a print and online magazine rooted in the people, life, and mission of Seattle Pacific University. The magazine's Autumn 2012 issue is devoted to faith and work, and features several thoughtful articles, including contributions from Jeff Van Duzer; Kenman Wong, professor of business ethics; John Terrill, director of CIB; and Al Erisman, SPU executive in residence and editor of Ethix journal.

Kiros Seattle in 2013

Stay tuned for more news from Kiros Seattle. In the meantime, please note breakfast dates to get on your calendar for the first quarter of the new year: January 31, February 28, and March 28. Additional details will be posted on the CIB website.

Ethix Interview

Ethix Issue 82 features an interview with Jack vanHartesvelt, who has overseen the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in hotel construction and operating deals. While it would be easy for him to focus solely on maximizing revenue and profits, Jack's long-term view also considers relationships with hotel housekeeping staff and negotiating contracts that are favorable to all parties.