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Autumn 2004 | Volume 27, Number 4

The Call to Reconciliation
The John Perkins Center at SPU is what the legendary civil rights leader calls “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.” Perkins visited the campus in October to officially open the Center and call Seattle Pacific to the work of reconciliation, leadership training, and community development.

A Letter From John Perkins
In a personal letter to the SPU community, John Perkins recounts his life’s journey and how it led him to a radical, gospel-centered vision for serving the poor and oppressed. He writes that he hopes the Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific will equip students to carry a “holistic gospel” into the world.
How Can SPU Better Serve Our City and Our World?

One Body, Many Parts
“This conference gave us a vision of what the Kingdom of God is like — and what this campus could become,” says Joe Snell, assistant director of student programs and director of intercultural affairs at SPU. He’s referring to the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference, which welcomed college students from across the country to SPU this fall.

Shusaku Endo’s Silence
Through Shusaku Endo’s novel, Silence, University Scholars enter the turbulent world of 17th-century Japan, where thousands of Japanese Christians were tortured and killed. Response readers are invited to read this book along with students and explore the difficult question: “How should Christians engage a foreign culture?”
A Literary Laboratory

Funny Lady
Over 30 weekends a year, Alumna of the Year Marilyn Meberg ’61 has thousands of women all over the country laughing until they cry. The author, humorist, and marriage and family counselor is one of a beloved ensemble of speakers at national Women of Faith conferences.
Greet the Alumna of the Year at Homecoming and Family Weekend!


From the President
In 2000, Seattle Pacific intensified its commitment to racial reconciliation. Is it possible, asks Philip Eaton, for SPU to discover ways to tear down walls that divide?

In Trust for the Future
Charitable trusts are benefiting students and donors. One couple, in fact, has seen their trust provide income for them, while supporting student scholarships. [Campaign]

Zorn to Largent
Sarah Zorn and Kramer Largent have teamed up as Falcons, showing the same competitive spirit as their famous NFL fathers. [Campus]

A Fabulous Time to Be Alive
Astronomy is revealing never-before-seen wonders. “We are in the process of discovering a God far greater than we’ve ever imagined,” says Professor Emeritus Karl Krienke. [Faculty]

Putting a Face on Homelessness
Two young alums are at Seattle’s Bread of Life Mission, helping to restore lives — by replacing hopelessness with hope. [Alumni]

Life Stories
A filmmaker talks about his visits with SPU students and his project to share the internment stories of Japanese Americans during World War II. [Books & Film]

Mutual Inspiration
Falcon men’s and women’s soccer teams cheered each other on to success in 2004, as both teams continued the University’s tradition of being a national force in soccer. [Athletics]

My Response
For Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, diversity reflects a piece of heaven on earth. “After all, heaven is a multicultural place,” she says.

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