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Coffee Stories

What an enjoyable, inspirational, and, like, just “wicked good” read it was, the last issue of Response (Spring 2016) not to mention the engaging visuals! Thank you! Yes, my read was accompanied with a dark roast.

Loren Wiebe
Santa Barbara, California

Chris Hoke’s stirring story of “Underground Coffee” brought instant recognition of the coffee roasting enterprise, for I first read of that mission in Fred Bahnson’s Soil and Sacrament. To see Response feature the wholesome notion that coffee is a delivery system for grace, delivered by grace-filled people, brought my hearty “yes” to SPU’s conduit for intentional grace.

An aside: I follow Response to see what SPU is up to. Finding names of fellow classmates is rare, for we have arrived at the age where we read the passing of such esteemed people as Hubert Wash (personal friend from Kansas) and Donald Demarary. Donald’s father was president of SPC when I attended.

Bob Green ’51
McPherson, Kansas

From the Archives

Congratulations to our last contest winner, Marvin Lemmon ’04.

He guessed correctly that the cost of a cup of coffee at Seattle Pacific in 1954 was 10 cents. He told us he used his knowledge of the movie Back to the Future Part II to make his guess. Look for the return of our “From the Archives” contest in the next issue of Response.

Lesser-Known Community

There are many success stories at SPU. Perhaps you might include those stories of the staff who sweep the floors and change the light bulbs, and who might have a special faith connection to the University.

Bob and Paula Barta ’63
Everett, Washington


Margret Esther Kellogg CC ’48, died November 7, 2015. However, Margaret Brown Kellogg ’55, whose name we printed, as she wrote to us, is “very much alive!” Our apologies for the error, Margaret.

Kailey Olson ’16 and Ryan Bovenkamp ’15 were married August 28, 2015, not August 29. We apologize for the error.

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