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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4 | Alumni

SPU Offers Diverse Lineup of Events

From Symposia to Homecoming

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF Seattle Pacific University’s autumn event lineup was a two-day series of lectures by the renowned New Testament scholar Richard Hays. “The President’s Symposium on Embracing the Christian Story” was held November 6–7, 2006, and attracted Christian scholars and laypeople from throughout the Pacific Northwest. “I invited Dr. Hays to SPU to help us showcase the University’s signature commitment to becoming biblically and theologically educated,” says Seattle Pacific President Philip Eaton. “This was a very exciting and significant moment for our campus and for our friends in the broader Christian community.”

Hays is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School and one of the world’s foremost experts on New Testament ethics and Pauline theology. He is author of the acclaimed book, The Moral Vision of the New Testament.

On November 26, SPU will host another premier event: the sixth annual downtown Christmas concert, The Sacred Sounds of Christmas, which sold out at the beginning of November. Hosted by President and Mrs. Eaton, the concert brings Advent and Christmas music to Benaroya Hall, and features Seattle Pacific’s Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Männerchor, and String Orchestra, along with other SPU musicians and readers. The afternoon’s program offers music from around the world, including carols and instrumental pieces from Kenya, Korea, Ireland, and Venezuela.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2007, February 1–3, will lead off Winter Quarter with a celebration for alumni, students, and families, and a recognition of 2007 Alumna of the Year Lora Jones. Jones will speak at the Alumna of the Year Homecoming Celebration and be honored at a luncheon. Other special events include reunion receptions for the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002; men’s and women’s basketball games; the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame Luncheon; Theatre Department performances of “The Runner Stumbles” — and the President’s Alumni Luncheon, where SPU President Philip Eaton will meet alumni and share his energy for SPU’s newly articulated signature commitments.

Later in the month, George Weigel, senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will be the featured speaker for SPU’s “President’s Symposium on Knowing and Understanding Our World: A Christian Response to the 21st Century.” The event, which highlights SPU’s signature commitment to “know and understand what is going on in the world,” takes place February 27–28, 2007. One of the nation’s leading commentators on religion and public life, Weigel is the author of The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God and Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.

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