Seattle Pacific University
Center for Integrity in Business

September 2012


Kiros Seattle Returns From Summer Break

On September 27, Kiros Seattle — which is hosted by the Center for Integrity in Business on the Seattle Pacific University campus — launches the 2012–13 season of monthly "faith in the marketplace" breakfasts. Jeff Turley is the founder and CEO of Go Net Yourself, a video production company based in Seattle. He will speak on "The Art of 'Preparing Well' in a World of Turbulence." Find details and registration information on the Kiros website.

CIB Forming Communities of Practice

In the next few months, the CIB will begin forming "communities of practice." Small groups of leaders with similar challenges and responsibilities (e.g., CEOs, information officers, technology entrepreneurs, etc.) will meet to probe needs and concerns specific to their roles and/or industries. Contact Tom Lane ( about joining a group or with your ideas for a community you would find valuable.

CIB Directs Business Track at Urbana 12

Urbana 12The Center for Integrity in Business is leading the Urbana 12 business track, bringing together leaders committed to expanding the role of business as a channel of hope, healing, and restoration, as well as challenging students to consider God's call to the marketplace. The "Business Changing the World" track will welcome 1,000 students and business leaders to participate in afternoon seminars and presentations by speakers.

Urbana 12, InterVarsity's triennial missions conference, is expected to draw approximately 18,000 participants to St. Louis, Missouri, for five days (Dec 27–31) of in-depth Bible study, listening to and talking with Christian leaders from around the world, and learning about thousands of ways to get involved in the work of God's kingdom. Registration is open.

New and Not-Quite-New From the CIB

  • Dr. Al Erisman, editor of Ethix and executive-in-residence in SPU's School of Business and Economics, delivered the commencement address at LeTourneau University in Texas in May. He spoke about technology's effects on our life and work, and how faith informs it all.
  • Dr. Erisman also preached the Labor Day sermon at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington. (Click in the upper right corner of the video player screen, then find and select "Lesson on Work, Sanctuary." Al's message begins at minute 26:15.)
  • John Terrill, director of the CIB,  wrote a featured Labor Day essay, "It Is No Shame to Work for Money," which appears in the current issue of Comment magazine.
  • Dr. Randy Franz, Joseph C. Hope Professor of Leadership and Ethics in SPU's School of Business and Economics, describes "poly-capitalism" and asks a fascinating question: "What If We Aren't Capitalistic Enough?" in Management Innovation Exchange (March 2012).
  • Jeff Van Duzer, dean of SPU's School of Business and Economics and author of Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed), will speak at the Mennonite Economic Development Associates' "Business as a Calling" conference in Niagara Falls November 1-4. This year's conference theme is "Shared Risk: Cascading Returns."

Ethix Interview and Featured Stories

Jean Bartell Barber Ethix issue 81 features an interview with Jean Bartell Barber, vice chairman and treasurer of Bartell Drugs, the 122-year-old drugstore chain with 58 locations in the Puget Sound.

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