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ith cold winds and damp weather hovering over the campus, this year’s Commencement was a first—the first to be held in the Bennett Center gymnasium. As the 311 graduates were about to process into the gym, the undergrads took a detour march across campus for one last turn around the quad. It was a clear expression of their preference to be outside for the ceremony, but it was also evidence of their independent spirit of leadership. When they had returned and taken their seats of honor in front of the podium, a spontaneous roar went up from the crowd. We enjoy seeing creative leadership qualities in our graduates. I was reminded of the hope, promise and individuality each one of them embodies. We believe we have prepared our graduates well to use their gifts in law offices, hospital surgical suites, corporate board rooms, the arts, pulpits, classrooms, communities, churches and homes—wherever God leads each one. I hope some of them will think about taking leadership roles in the political sphere. Too often Christians have chosen not to enter politics for a wide range of reasons, but Christians need to provide leadership—not to further any one political agenda, but to be people of character, integrity, compassion, fairness . . . committed to serving others. I don’t buy into the concept that religion has no place in politics or public life. Why? Because I believe it is a deliberate misconstruction of the separation of church and state principle and often targets Christians. Those who say religion has no place in politics usually mean that historic Christianity in its many contemporary manifestations should not be allowed into the public arena. These same critics are loathe to say anything negative about the world’s polytheistic and Eastern religions, but anyone who deals in values and commandments is fair game, it seems. Judeo-Christian values influence power, political ideals, our history and even our ways of communicating in daily life. Thomas Cahill argues persuasively in Desire of the Everlasting Hills that some of the most cherished values in the Western tradition—free speech, universal suffrage, tolerance, separation of church and state—“grow from the subterranean river of authentic Christian tradition.” These values, he notes, often emerged “in the teeth of virulent Christian opposition” only adding credence to the “paradoxical validity of the distinctions Jesus made between the religious establishment and true religious fear.” Our culture and religion-derived values are intertwined. We can’t stamp out religion mixing with politics. It’s vital to the future of political debate in our country. We must protect the rights of candidates to worship, to believe and to act in accord with their own consciences, but we must also uphold the principle that religion cannot be imposed by government. Holding these truths in tension is key to a healthy environment for people of all spiritual perspectives. It is the men and women of the early 21st century—our graduates among them— who will shape the boundaries of religious belief and the direction of our culture for decades to come. May they do it well with God as their Guide.
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UP FRONT Shaping the Boundaries President Carlberg on how Christians can help shape the boundaries of our culture.
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Commencement 2000 Tony Campolo encourages graduates to commit passionately to personal transformation and family.
The Phillips Music Center Dedication The Phillips family and guests celebrate the long-awaited new music facility.
The End . . . and the Beginning Gordon wraps up its most successful capital campaign and hears from students and faculty about what the campaign means to them.
A Little Yeast Works through the Whole Batch Alumna Townsend (Lange) McNitt urges Christians to modify the mix in our nation’s capital. 14
What’s a Believer to Do? Professor Timothy Sherratt suggests a threefold strategy for approaching November elections.
Symposium 2000: Who Is My Neighbor? Students present over 50 creative events at the third annual student symposium.
ALUMS AT LARGE To Loose the Chains of Injustice Alumnus Will (Kirby) Kautz sells his art so he can offer legal counsel to the oppressed at no charge.
Where Compassion and Condemnation Collide Social work professor Sybil Coleman believes Christians can and should reach out in love to homosexuals without compromising the truth.
BY ADMISSIONS No Need to Play It Safe at Gordon Can a Christian college provide enough challenge?
RAVES & REBUFFS and The Partners Program
Listing of Members of the Partners Program
Homecoming & Family Weekend 2000
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BY CHRIS UNDERATION
MASTERING ACCREDITATION It continues to be onward and upward for the Master of Education program at Gordon. In April the school received word that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges granted the master’s program full accreditation. Earning NEASC recognition was a two-year process. In 1998 the NEASC evaluation team visited and asked for a program progress report that was to be submitted in January 2000. This accreditation means Gordon students can transfer into or out of the Master of Education program and have classes or credits recognized by similarly accredited schools. The master’s program was previously accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Since awarding its first degrees in 1998, the Master of Education program has seen considerable growth in the number of students enrolled and the number of graduates. At Commencement in May, 21 graduate students received diplomas.
NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR After a national search that lasted more than a year, the Department of Athletics has found its new director. Joe Hakes, formerly the athletic director at King College in Bristol, TN (NAIA Div. II), has taken leadership of all Gordon’s intercollegiate athletics. “Gordon’s reputation as a national liberal arts college has been known to me for a long time,” he said. “I was attracted by the desire ��������� of the College to be nationally competitive in NCAA Div. III.” Hakes was at King for 10 years, serving as a professor, men’s soccer coach, tennis coach and women’s basketball coach. Prior to that he served as AD and men’s soccer coach at Moody Bible Institute and North Park College, both in Chicago. “I firmly believe academic, spiritual and athletic prowess are not at all mutually exclusive and that athletic success can contribute to success in other areas,” Hakes said.
A HELPING HAND FOR HONDURAS If the national volleyball teams of Honduras win medals in the upcoming summer olympics in Sydney, Australia, the nation will have many groups and individuals to thank. The list of individuals will include Gordon’s own Dr. Valerie Gin. Last spring she spent a few days in Honduras teaching a volleyball clinic for players and coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams.
Gin was there by special invitation of the Honduran Olympic Committee. From that clinic she moved on to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to speak at the first Sports Ministry Conference. Her presentation was titled “Teaching Biblical Principles through Sport.”
WORLD-RENOWNED SCHOLAR AT GORDON Sister Benedicta Ward, a world-renowned scholar, came to Gordon in March to speak about the father of history, The Venerable Bede. This was a high honor for Gordon because Sr. Ward rarely travels to North America. When she does, she is often in demand by historians. This trip consisted solely of visits to two places of higher education—Gordon and Harvard. Sr. Ward has become a friend of Gordon through her association with Manchester College in Oxford University, England. She has taught about 15 Gordon students in the Gordon-at-Oxford program, and her interaction with these students ignited her interest in visiting the campus. Sr. Ward is an Anglican nun and a member of the Sisters of the Love of God community.
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LET THE CHILDREN SING This fall Gordon College will create its first-ever children’s choir. The choir will be a part of the school’s music outreach to the community. It is the brainchild of Professor Sandra Doneski ’93, who has spent several years teaching in the public schools, helping students learn the rudiments of music. “We’re doing this because we have many kids out there who would like—and could greatly benefit from—learning how to make music well,” she said. “The choir will teach the children all the basics they’ll need to grow into excellent performers and musicians.” The Children’s Choir is open to any youngster in grades two through six. Starting in September, weekly rehearsals will be held. These rehearsals will lead to two public performances on campus and possibly an off-campus performance or two. For more information call Sandy at 927-2306, ext. 4818, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HISTORIAN PAR EXCELLENCE RETIRES One of Gordon’s most distinguished faculty members over the past three decades was recognized at Commencement as he retired. Dr. Thomas Askew, who holds the Stephen Phillips Chair of History, completed his 28th year at Gordon. Askew is a national leader among Christian historians. Provost Mark Sargent said of him, “With his deep sense of responsibility as a Christian thinker, Tom does not see history as a territory to be mastered or controlled by the scholar but as ������������������������������������������������ �����������������������������
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writer and as a member of countless committees. He has been a Danforth Fellow, president of the national Conference on Faith and History, recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award and considerable other honors for teaching, scholarship and leadership. He leaves a legacy of diplomacy and grace, a willingness to bring reconciliation and clarity, justice and fair���������������� ness, and an eagerness to look beyond problems toward solutions and new opportunities. Tom will be greatly missed as a classroom professor, but we’re delighted he’ll stay on at Gordon as part-time director of Gordon’s East-West Institute of International Studies.
A sampling of faculty accomplishments and activities outside the classroom MULTIPLE CHOICE—Education professor Janis Flint-Ferguson presented a workshop session at the New England League of Middle Schools in Providence—“A New Multiple Choice: Assessment Strategies in the Literature Classroom.” Gordon senior education majors Deborah Siddon and Kathryn South presented a section on “Research in the Classroom: To Inform Practice and Relationship.” ARTWORK AND ARTICLE—The winter edition of the national magazine Christianity and the Arts featured an article by art professor Bruce Herman titled “From Home to Nowhere.” The magazine also featured a page of artwork by Herman. FREE-FLOWING SCHOLARSHIP—Math professor Mike Veatch has been busy lately. He presented a paper titled “Fluid Models of Cueing Control Problems” at Calvin College and published an article on “Inspection Systems for Multistage Production Systems with Time-Varying Quality” for the International Journal of Production Research. In addition to this, Veatch and recent graduate Michael Yee ’00 coauthored an essay for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control titled “Just-in-Time Policies for SingleMachine Manufacturing Flow Controllers.” AN ECONOMICAL APPROACH—Stephen Smith, professor of economics and business, has coauthored a paper titled “Canadian Trade and Wages: Lessons from the Past, Prospect and Future.” It has been accepted for publication in The World Economy. A BUSY RETIREMENT—Dr. Thomas Askew may have retired from Gordon, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He’s penned an article for the International Bulletin of Missionary Research titled “The Ecumenical Missionary Conference New York, 1900: A Centennial Reflection.” The article is based on archival research done in England, Scotland, Canada and the United States. It evaluates the significance of this event, which brought 200,000 people together for 10 days in 1900 to discuss religious matters. In July Askew presented a paper on this topic at the University of Edinburgh.
CHANGES IN AGING—Psychology professor Bryan Auday published an article titled “Memory Changes and Loss in Aging” in the latest edition of Aging. DESIGNING MINDS—The work of Shelly Bradbury and George Wingate of the Visual Arts Department was accepted for the 175th annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design. Bradbury received the Helen Foster Barnett Award for her sculpture. WELL-DONE ON WELL-BEING—Youth ministries professor Mark Cannister wrote a paper for the Winter 1999 edition of Adolescence titled “Mentoring and the Spiritual Well-Being of Late Adolescents.” Cannister also penned an article for the fall issue of the Christian Education Journal titled “Back to the Future: A Historical Perspective.” He is also the guest editor for this edition of the journal. GREATER POTENTIAL FOR JUSTICE—“Rehabilitating the State in America: Abraham Kuyper’s Overlooked Contribution” is one of the recent articles by political science instructor Tim Sherratt. The article, published in the Christian Scholar’s Review, argues that Kuyper’s view of the state holds greater potential for justice than the liberal tradition in America. WHAT’S IN A NAME?— Paul Borthwick, who teaches youth ministries, recently wrote an article for Discipleship Journal titled “In Jesus’ Name, Amen.” The article explored the reasons why we pray this way and what it means when we do so. He also wrote an article for the fall issue of the Christian Education Journal titled “Cross-Cultural Outreach: A Missiological Perspective.” A KEYNOTE CORNERSTONE—Biblical and theological studies professor Marvin Wilson gave the keynote address at a two-day symposium at Andrews University in Michigan. The symposium theme was “Religious Freedom after Auschwitz.” A paper he wrote, “Impact of the Holocuast on Theology and JewishChristian Relations,” will be published in a volume of essays that relate to the symposium. S UMMER 2000
a landscape to be explored so we can discern and chart a meaningful course for our service ahead.” A former publisher of the Christian Scholar’s Review, he has also authored many books and articles, including Gordon’s centennial piece A Faithful Past, an Expectant Future, which he coauthored with his wife, Jean. His scholarship on great missionary movements of the late 19th century has helped the College appreciate its beginnings as a missionary training institute. He has also studied Asian history and filled a leadership position in the East-West Institute at Gordon. In addition to being History Department chair for 23 years, Tom served as a faculty senator, an administrator, a grant
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Graduates Encouraged to Commit Passionately to Family Calling on this yearÕ s graduating class to develop the habits of personal sacrifice, a nonconformist outlook and personal transformation, Dr. Tony Campolo electrified a crowd of nearly 3,000 during the 108th Commencement Exercises in the Bennett Center gymnasium.
he address, titled “Passionate Commitments in a Cool World,” was filled with humor and invited much crowd participation. Campolo received a standing ovation. “Today we’re told by culture that we need to work, work, work. We lose track of who we are—why we’re here to begin with.” Taking his cue from Romans 12:1–10, Campolo stressed to the graduates that family is to come first. That should be followed by a commitment to serve where we’re needed. “Be nonconformists,” he said. “This is what people of faith are supposed to be. Don’t let society squeeze you into its box. Go where you’re needed. Don’t simply be a replacement part for someone else who can do the same job.” As a pastor, counselor, prolific author, and professor at Eastern College, St. Davids, PA, Campolo said he knows why so many people are unsatisfied and unhappy. “It’s because we’re chasing after happiness as an end goal,” he said. “But happiness is not a goal. It’s something that comes from sacrifice and knowing you’ve done right. Happiness does not exalt a nation; righteousness does.
“Teach your children to give to others. I know there are some experts out there who tell us we can’t make decisions for our children—that they have to decide for themselves. Why can’t we? Everyone else does. TV, books, teachers, friends—they all tell us who we should be. Why can’t parents do the same?” And, Campolo said, once we begin to understand that life is about sacrificing for others and about not conforming to the ways of culture, we should strive for personal transformation. “We need to take the time to pray more,” he said. “I don’t mean telling God everything he already knows, but quiet prayer—when we read Scripture and sit still and wait for God to invade us, to transform our minds, to change us. “If you have no time to be still,” Campolo concluded, “there will be no ecstasy in your life.”
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wenty-one graduate students received diplomas—the largest class of graduate students since the first Master of Education degrees were awarded in 1997. Clive Calver, president of World Relief, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his work in helping to transform culture by serving nations and peoples who suffer natural disasters. Calver, who is often a guest of the College, was the Baccalaureate speaker. Marvin Wilson and James Zingarelli were named the winners of the 2000 Senior and Junior Distinguished Faculty Awards respectively. Their selection, made on the recommendation of faculty associates and members of the senior class, was announced during Commencement ceremonies. Wilson is the Harold John Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies and the first professor in Gordon’s history to receive the Senior Award for the third time. He has taught at Gordon since 1971 and taught at Barrington College 1963–71. He holds a doctorate from Brandeis University.
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Wilson is the author of Our Father Abraham: The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, on which a PBS documentary is being based, expected to air late this year or early next year. For his unwavering efforts to bring about greater understanding between Christians and Jews, he has twice received the Interfaith Award from the Jewish Federation and serves on the Committee on Church Relations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a translator and editor for the New International Version of the Bible. He and his wife, Pauline (Berfield) ’57, reside in South Hamilton. Zingarelli, an associate professor of the visual arts (concentrating in sculpture), has been at Gordon since 1996. He has become a favorite because of his energy and enthusiasm in bringing a Christian context to art. His professional pedigree includes degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has also studied at Yale University, the Hartford Art School and the Nicoli Botteghe Artistici di Scultura in Marmo in Italy. Zingarelli has shown his works widely throughout New England and the United States and plays a major role in the off-campus arts-oriented program held in Orvieto, Italy. He and his wife, Katherine, who is a nurse at Gordon, reside in Amesbury with their two daughters. The Distinguished Faculty Awards are based on teaching ability, noteworthy scholarship and the quality of relationships professors develop with students. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash award and is honored by the full student body at a convocation held in the fall.
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t face value, the dedication of the Phillips Music Center on May 11 celebrated the completion of a handsome new facility and honored those—particularly the family of Tom and Gert Phillips—whose generosity helped bring it to fruition. As President Jud Carlberg put it: “We take time today to marvel at the building itself, though we know it is the work within these walls that really matters.” That sentiment was echoed by many of the special guests, who included members of Gordon’s Board of Trustees, representatives from the architectural and construction firms, supporters of Gordon’s music program, both of Gordon’s artists-in-residence, as well as past and current students.
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amily and friends of Marian Hancock Emery gathered earlier in the day to dedicate to her memory the music faculty lounge—a lovely glass room with a gorgeous view of the pond and an outdoor feel. Chairman of the Board Peter Bennett said, “I’ve known and watched the Emery family for 50 years, and I’ve known they practice what they preach. They don’t just talk about their faith, they live it.” President Carlberg noted, “The Emery family has done us a great favor by associating their name with Gordon on both 8
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Paul Vasile ’98, who just completed his master’s degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, spoke on behalf of music students, capturing best the spirit of the moment. “Today we make it clear that music is not just extracurricular—not just entertainment,” he said. “Music is a vital part of our human lives and our lives as Christians. It deserves to be studied as any other academic discipline. Today the College has the physical resources to offer students the best training. We now have the best tools to do the job.” Vasile also performed an original composition for the occasion. Titled First Things First, he prefaced it by explaining the piece was “intentionally made up of very limited materials that combine to create a greater fanfare.” Other special music included two pieces by artist-in-residence Elizabeth Printy. A piano duet by student Bethany Johnson ’01 and Dr. Mia Chung, artist-inresidence and associate professor, earned a standing ovation. Ribbon cutting formalities aside, the couple at the center of the ceremonies was Tom and Gert Phillips. As longtime trustee at Gordon, the retired chairman of Raytheon has contributed a deft yet quiet brand of guidance and leadership over the years, preferring to remain in the background. President Carlberg and Phillips’ fellow trustees Peter Bennett and Len Peterson underscored the vital role he played in initiating and overseeing this Campaign building project. Yet Phillips himself remained true to form when addressing the attendees, using the opportunity to specifically name and salute the architects, project engineers and Gordon Physical Plant staff who worked long and hard on the facility. “I’ve experienced many teams at Raytheon—some good and some not so good,” Phillips said. “This is one of the best teams I’ve ever seen.” No vista in the new building better showcased the fruits of their labors than the Phillips Recital Hall, where most of the dedication program took place. William Rawn, principal of the architectural firm Rawn Associates, explained how the firm attempted to capture Gordon’s sense of community and showcase the panoramic view. “We carefully calibrated the sight lines to encourage taking in the beauty of Coy Pond while enjoying the music,” he said. Whether solemn or celebratory, the music will find a perfect complement in more than just the intricate dowel wall paneling, the exotic symmetry of the inflected ceiling, the towering wall of windows that slopes gently toward the pond. It will accentuate the elegance of God’s creation embodied in the sweep of geese gliding into the water or the glint of sunlight through the pines across Coy. Perhaps it will bring to mind an old Russian proverb aptly quoted by Paul Vasile: “Wisdom is to discern the true rhythm of things. Joy is to move, to dance to that rhythm.”
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this lounge and Emery Science Building. The name Emery stands for broad commitment to education, and I don’t think it is by accident the fields of science and music are the areas they have lent their name to. Each of these fields studies God’s creation in a creative way.” Board member Arthur Emery spoke of his mother on behalf of his family, including his father, Allan C. Emery Jr., who was present at the dedication. Emery Science Building was completed in 1960, shortly after the College moved to Wenham.
THE END . . . AND THE BEGINNING he Campaign for Gordon College . . . of SALT and LIGHT officially closed in June, raising a record $43 million in gifts and pledges. That’s more than twice the previous highest total for a Gordon fundraising endeavor. Since 1994, when quiet-phase planning began, the Campaign has been the engine driving a physical transformation of the College. Coupled with an equally remarkable growth in enrollment (a trend observed at Christian colleges across the nation), Gordon starts the new millennium in a position of strength not realized in its history. In keeping with the major goals of the Campaign, the College’s endowment more than doubled in market value, a new major was added (communication arts), computer capabilities were greatly enhanced and other programs were strengthened. Without question, though, the Campaign’s most visible achievements are three major facilities now prominent among campus landmarks. The Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center was completed first (1996), followed by the Barrington Center for the Arts (1999) and—most recently— the newly dedicated Phillips Music Center. All three facilities are now fully funded. As impressive as the Campaign’s success has been, one vital facility did not make the list of official achievements.
“We’re actively pursuing a new science center, and it will remain a top priority,” says Bob Grinnell, vice president for development and Campaign director. “The three facilities we completed are different from our original plan, primarily because the music and visual arts/theatre buildings became two separate buildings by necessity. As well, the final cost of each greatly exceeded original estimates. The good news, of course, is that these buildings are done and paid for, and will enhance the College’s programs for years to come.” Grinnell notes that science facilities tend to be the most expensive building projects for colleges due to their complex composition of lab space and safety requirements. He says the current plans address Gordon’s present and future programmatic needs in natural and other sciences, which also adds to the projected price tag. Preliminary blueprints for the facility, the location for which has not yet been determined, call for a building of 70,000 square feet—nearly the size of the Bennett Center. Individuals wishing to help make the science center a reality should contact Bob Grinnell at (978) 927-2300, ext. 4204, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
WENHAM (1955Ð 1965) HAS GORDON SEEN SUCH EXTENSIVE CONSTRUCTION, FACILITY IMPROVEMENT AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. IN THIS SCRAPBOOK OF REFLECTIONS, STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF TELL WHAT THE of SALT and LIGHT CAMPAIGN MEANS TO THEMÑ HOW IT HAS AFFECTED THE GIVING AND THE RECEIVING OF A GORDON EDUCATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OT SINCE THE DECADE OF THE MOVE TO
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The teaching studios—with their vistas of Coy Pond and wildlife, glorious light and fresh air—truly inspire creativity. (Students need not practice in restrooms as they used to, for lack of suitable space!) And the recital hall, with its remarkable wood and windows, is designed for both rehearsal and performance in a lovely, intimate setting. —Professor Susan Brooks, music
The Phillips Music Center inspires and enables me to become a better musician.Its excellent acoustics, pleasant practice rooms and bright atmosphere encourage both work and conversation. It feels like home. —Sarah Herman Heltzel ’00
After many years of seeking to make beautiful music in tired facilities, it is invigorating and fruitful to work in a building that reflects artistic excellence in every detail. It is a witness in mortar and stone of the beauty of our God. —Professor David Rox ’76, music S UMMER 2000
THE BARRINGTON CENTER The Barrington Center for the Arts has encouraged me to further develop my interests and talents related to communications. The computer lab has allowed me to experiment in the world of video production and editing—an area I enjoyed but never knew I had a passion for.
There are two significant dynamics at the heart of the Barrington Center. First is the collaborative efforts of students, faculty and staff throughout the building: visual arts students working side-by-side with theatre students in the woodshop building sets; future journalists learning computer programs alongside future sculptors; visual and communication arts faculty creating original documentaries with digital video equipment. Imaginative concepts are exchanged—collegial brainstorming leads to fruitful ideas. The second dynamic is the creative energy that can be described more as “synergy”—the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. On one particular evening we had an original play performance in the theatre, a new art exhibit opening in the main gallery next door, and on the other side of the gallery the Provost hosted a Faithin-Film Series in the cinema hall. The atmosphere was electric, and all three venues were packed with Gordon community members and off-campus guests. I cannot think of another building on the North Shore of Boston that would simultaneously host a play, an art exhibit and a feature film all under one roof.
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Having dedicated theatre production space has allowed students to work on plays in a much more professional manner. For example, we have been able to complete technical tasks on sets and lights in the theatre while rehearsal is being held in another area. This enabled us to produce four plays during second semester of last year. —Professor Norm Jones, theatre NANCY SHACKLETON, SALEM EVENING NEWS
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The Barrington Center has created an atmosphere of greater pride and professionalism among students. A look at the student thesis exhibitions in our new galleries will demonstrate how serious the students are about their own work, and how conscientious in curating their own exhibitions for professional presentation. New acquisitions call for greater stewardship. We are helping to instill in our students an attitude of safety, respect for the tools and concern for how the space is maintained. —Professor Jim Zingarelli, visual arts
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Not long ago La Vida housed staff and stored equipment in MASH tents, and ran the program out of vans and personal cars. The new base camp has changed all that, and, in addition, during inclement weather we have good shelter for many activities. Not only has the property given the program a big boost, but it’s also a great place for past staff, visitors and guests to connect or reconnect with La Vida.
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When other soccer teams come to the Bennett Athletic and Recreation Center, they spend the first half hour wandering around and commenting, “This is amazing —you guys are really lucky.” There’s something appealing about a beautiful facility that makes you want to be there and work out. We have one of the nicest field houses—and campuses—in New England. There’s just something about the beauty of Gordon that blows other schools out of the water.
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The Bennett Center has allowed us to host some of the finest volleyball tournaments in New England, utilizing all three volleyball courts with six teams playing simultaneously. Our athletes benefit from using the swimming pool for jump training, increasing vertical jump without extra wear and tear on the joints. —Professor Valerie Gin, recreation and leisure studies and women ’s volleyball coach
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Some believe Washington is in need of leavening more now than ever. Alumna Townsend Lange McNitt urges Christians to modify the mix.
hose of us who are old enough to remember can say exactly where we were and what we were doing the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, or President John F. Kennedy was shot or man first landed on the moon. Townsend (Lange) McNitt ’89 was in Washington, D.C., for a more recent defining moment in history: the Clinton presidential scandal and impeachment proceedings. “We couldn’t believe it was really happening,” she says. “It was almost surreal.” For close to half a decade Townsend has been in the thick of battle. She is currently chief policy advisor to Senator Judd Gregg (R–NH), a 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill politics. It’s easy to see why people get cynical working in D.C., she says. “I’m getting increasingly tired of the fighting and partisanship. But things can change, and one has to remain committed to the notion that Christians must be involved in public life—we simply cannot abdicate our responsibilities. The yeast that is Christianity must be in the mix or Washington will never improve.” The story that is not reported is of the many in Washington who have committed their lives to improving our society in a variety of ways. But the sad truth is that it’s more partisan and ruthless than it was five years ago. “In many ways the constant scandals of this administration have contributed to the high level of partisanship we’re seeing,” Townsend says. “The Clinton administration’s ‘the ends justify the means’ political approach has resulted in less civility and has demeaned the political discourse in Washington. Such animosity makes good people want to leave. Nevertheless, where sin abounds, grace abounds more.” In fact, she believes it’s eminently more doable for Christians to work in Washington than it is for non-Christians because we have a hope, and we know the ultimate results of our labors are not in our hands. “It’s not about whether we’ll have a victory on any given day,” she says. “It’s knowing the Lord has even Washington, D.C., in His hands. That is so freeing. I could not imagine working here without knowing there is a plan for all of us.” Her greatest struggle is with trying to get the job done in her own strength. “It’s not about me or my career, and I constantly recommit myself to promoting the Kingdom of Heaven on earth—not in my ���������������������������������������������������������������� own strength, but in God’s.” ���������������������������������������������������� By 8 a.m. most mornings, Townsend has already met with ������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������� the senator, advising him on all national issues that will come ������������������������������������������������������������� before him during the day. He is the second most senior member ��������������������������������������������������������������� of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She also manages Senator Gregg’s 25-person Washington office staff, her days often stretching to 8 p.m. Her interest in the business of our nation’s capital began when, as a junior at Gordon, she spent a semester at the American Studies Program (ASP). The ASP is an intensive educational laboratory which blends seminars and hands-on internships in the White House, Congress, federal agencies, and public and private organizations. The experience helps students explore public policy in light of biblical truth. The ASP placed Townsend in an internship with Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), who was at the time a representative and the ranking Republican of the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Highly respected among Christians and nonChristians alike, he taught her much about living the faith daily in Washington. Working with him
in the area of education policy took her interest in children’s issues to a national level. That interest in children was further strengthened when—following graduation from Gordon—she spent eight months volunteering at the Shearly Cripps Children’s Home, an 80-bed orphanage, in Zimbabwe, Africa. In a culture radically different from any she had known, she worked with children and youth ages 2 to 21. She credits that experience with “fundamentally changing my life. It blew the doors off my notion of what the world was.” Despite their circumstances, the children, the nuns and the local people were positive and joyful. “The people I worked with had nothing compared to American standards. Though they wanted more, they weren’t consumed with desire for more. I learned much from them about being content in whatever my circumstances,” Townsend recalls. With sights set on being an attorney since she was 10 years old, her next stop was the University of Notre Dame for a law degree. She spent one year at the Concannon Program of International Law at the Notre Dame London Law Centre in London, England. A Juris Doctor prepared her to do the legal work for children that she longed to do. In 1994 she was appointed special advocate by the D.C. Superior Court to represent abused and neglected children before the Court, something she continues to do in her free time. She also worked with Georgetown University Law School’s Family Literacy Program, serving inmates in two correctional facilities in the D.C. area. Her time both as an advocate for foster children and in the prison literacy program put her in contact with families torn apart by unfortunate circumstances. “I learned that in almost every case family members still love each other and want more than anything to have strong and stable family bonds. Female prisoners who have done terrible things still long to spend time with their children to make sure they know they’re loved and wanted. Families can be rebuilt. “I often think of the lessons they’ve taught me, particularly as I’m involved in debating bills that impact all American families,” Townsend says. Her current responsibilities on Capitol Hill center around researching and preparing bills for federal education reforms, clearing away burdensome laws and policies that impede education reform on the state level. For instance, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—the main federal education program for K–12—has been on the books since 1965 and has grown from 40 pages to thousands of pages. Townsend and the senators she works with are rewriting this bill with a focus on results at the state level, specifiying that federal dollars be used to improve student achievement and not wasted on programs with no proven effect. Townsend is also heavily involved in the issue of school choice, which would allow low-income children to receive federal or state dollars to attend private schools when public schools fail them. “We can’t let children fall through the cracks while we debate how we’ll educate them,” she says. “If we don’t meet their needs immediately, we lose them.” With her vast knowledge of education and her love of children, Townsend’s goal for the future is to start a charter school. Though they operate as public schools, charter schools receive flexibility from the states in return for a certain set of accountability policies. “Traditional public schools aren’t as accountable, and parents can do little to change policy in them,” she says. “But parents can close down a charter school if they’re unhappy with it. With 2,000 operating across the country, charter schools are transforming the public school system.” When she reflects on her own education, the further Townsend is removed from her days at Gordon, the more grateful she is for her experience here. “When I first graduated, I felt I had been a bit cloistered and wondered if I should have challenged myself more at a secular university,” she recalls. But now she feels blessed that she wasn’t constantly inundated with all that goes on at secular colleges. “I got a superb classic liberal arts education. I’m especially aware of how fortunate I was when I talk to people from other universities. I was absolutely well-prepared for law school. Gordon taught me how to think and equipped me to wade through all the different things you deal with later in life.”
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WHAT’S A BELIEVER TO DO
BY TIMOTHY SHERRATT
Some Christians think it’s better to withdraw from the corrosive influence of politics. Others attempt to change government and culture by engaging with it. Political studies professor Tim Sherratt believes we have a scriptural mandate to affect the direction of our government for the common good.
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ow often have you asked yourself what your God-given responsibilities might be in shaping government and culture, only to despair of the political process itself? When you vote—if, in fact, you do vote—have you grown weary of the manipulative tactics employed by candidates? Have you become a cynic? Have you washed your hands of politics altogether? Over the last couple years evangelicals have done much soul-searching about the Christian’s place in matters of government. One hopes the readers of Stillpoint haven’t fallen for the mistaken conclusions of some, like Pastor Ed Dobson and columnist Cal Thomas. They wrote about the place of religion in society and Christians in political life in the book Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America?, ringing down the curtain on a quarter century of evangelical political action. Questioning the extent of Christian influence and regretting the infection of the church by politics, they advocated withdrawing inside the separatist fortresses they mistakenly believe will keep the world out. And why? Because they couldn’t win in the wicked world, and, not winning, they feared for the integrity of the holy Church. But the options for Christians should not be polarized into what James Skillen, executive director of the Center for Public Justice, has called “the drive for dominance or the flight to purity.”
OR THE COMMON GOOD
Let me suggest a threefold strategy for approaching the November elections. First, we should remind ourselves of the purposes of government. Then we must consider the role of self-interest in the voting process, and, finally, reassess the state of the American presidency. Once we’ve done these things, we’ll be in a better position to interpret the campaign, deflect the rhetoric and make responsible choices. Government exists to do justice. Moreover, government is ordained by God, even if the means of filling offices is a plurality vote of citizens. Government is to be limited, but within those limits government has clear obligations to fulfill. Overreaching those obligations makes government illegitimate, but a government slothful in pursuing justice is as defective as one which exceeds its authority. Justice is not some abstract idea. It is rooted in a clear understanding of the human experience and our Creator, in Whose image we are made. Space simply won’t allow me to flesh this out as it deserves to be fleshed out. But we
know from Jesus’ summary of the law that we are to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. “On these two commandments rest all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). Taking Jesus’ summary in reverse order, we may say the Bible recognizes us as social beings. We are, literally, made for one another. In our political decision-making, what the Roman Catholics call “the common good” ought to be a high priority. The justice that government is called to is essentially communitarian—seeking the good of human beings in the various relationships in which they live, raise their children, create wealth and so on. No Christian can support policies dismissive of the vital role of families, voluntary organizations, churches, businesses and so forth in nurturing human life. Human individuality matters greatly because we are made in the image of God—God Who cares for us, numbering the hairs on our heads; God, who sent His only Son to die for us, to draw the whole created order to Himself. In the words of John Paul II, “The fundamental human right is the right to live in accordance with our transcendent being.” Doing justice to this dimension of human life means governments must make room for the basic commitments by which human beings live their lives. Religious liberty is included here, of course. But it is a religious liberty far more encompassing than secular society means when it protests that freedom to worship is widespread. Religious liberty is about ways of life as well as styles of worship. A Christian public policy respectful of our God-given individuality will defer to private choices grounded in basic convictions as much as possible. These private choices are often fruitful for society. People of faith have long sought ways to tackle pressing social problems—illegitimacy, drug abuse, parenting problems, to name only three—and they’ve done it with noteworthy success. For the sake of the common good, these efforts should be supported by the government as a way of promoting justice and goodness. This idea—called charitable choice—is slowly catching on. According to the Center for Public Justice, which worked to make it a condition for states receiving federal block grants under the 1996 welfare reform legislation, charitable choice achieves five goals: It encourages government to work with organizations to provide welfare services; prevents government discrimination against faith-based organizations in contract funding for services; obligates government to respect the religious character of providers; protects recipients from religious coercion; and maintains separation of church and state by requiring that government funds go only to the services that are contracted. Some states have made significant efforts to comply with these provisions; others have dragged their feet. Candidate Bush is a strong supporter of charitable choice; candidate Gore is a supporter in principle. When one has considered the role of government, the task of considering one’s own interests is made somewhat
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easier. Self-interest is both the bane and blessing of the American political system. To the extent it has provided the impetus for limiting government, protecting liberties, securing personal accountability and instilling much of the vigor in American economic and social life, it appears as blessing. The other side of the coin is persistent corruption in public life, environmental degradation, a tendency to treat private property as an absolute right—in short, those antisocial characteristics that are the outcome of our sinful natures. James Madison—surely the preeminent political engineer of this country—recognized one could not destroy the latter without also destroying the former. His clever solution was to pit ambition against ambition, interest against interest in a system of separated powers, and checks and balances. He believed the result would approximate the common good. In a lesson evangelicals could relearn, Madison showed that self-interest, properly managed, could bear political fruit for the whole society. If God is sovereign, cooperating with God must be integral to responsible political action. If God made us for one another, we must resist the destructive side of self-interest.
NFLATED OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
As recorded by the British writer and broadcaster Alistair Cooke, George Washington’s splendid inauguration aroused some republican worries among the bystanders. “I think,”muttered one disgruntled fellow, “we have exchanged George III for George I!” Today the Office of President of the United States is still mistaken for a quasimonarchy, so assessment of the upcoming election should begin with reminding people that it isn’t one. Though it was once contained within the separation of powers and a good deal less powerful than the Congress, the Office of the President emerged in the 20th century as the focal point of the American political system. Woodrow Wilson refashioned the president as the leader of public opinion. Setting themselves up as chief problem-solvers, presidents from Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton developed Teddy Roosevelt’s bully pulpit into a major source of power and influence. The president’s power to set the agenda compelled the Congress to yield both power and prestige to the president and to help build up the infrastructure of the presidency. The worried republican of Washington’s inaugural would have had cause to worry at Franklin Roosevelt’s inaugural, but that kind of power cannot last in our system. Now for half a century presidential coattails have shrunk. Today the normal outcome of a presidential election campaign is for the new president to face a majority of the other party in Congress. For eight of the last 10 years this has been the situation. After November 2000 it will probably be so again.
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In place of party support in Congress, today’s presidents rely on direct appeals to the public, massaging their images and their messages to generate popular support. Both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton exemplify the politics of this massmedia presidency. But the mass media president is no monarch; he can fall from public grace as easily as he rose. Mass media presidential election campaigns are often framed around two easily digested issues: the character of the candidates and the state of the economy. Neither requires much research from voters; both are easy to package for public consumption. The politics that result do citizens a disservice; they divert the voters’ attention from the specifics of public policy questions and urge them to vote selfishly. But if Christians will make use of biblical perspectives on government, society and the human person, they will discover they have in their hands the analytical tools to dissect media hype and avoid the temptations to selfishness.
HOOSING A PRESIDENT: THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
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So how can we put our faith to work in a practical way when choosing between candidates? We must consider their policies from the viewpoint of the common good. Let’s summarize the current situation, keeping this in mind. The presidential choice at 2000 is between two men whose politics differ less on the substance of policy than on the means of delivery. Al Gore is prepared to employ the powers of the federal government to bring about policy change, including its power to raise revenue and its power to regulate. George W. Bush generally prefers to see state and local governments, private enterprise and private citizens implement policies—and the price tag for his proposals is sharply less than Gore’s. At the same time, a number of Bush’s proposals seem to be more symbolic than substantial—notably on healthcare—given his unwillingness to contemplate significant spending. On domestic policy, Gore prefers federal interaction as a way to raise revenue and implement policy. In contrast, Bush is inclined to decentralize power in the decision-making process. Pocketbook temptations will infect citizen choice in 2000 because Vice President Gore can emphasize his role in an administration that presided over a strong economy. By contrast, George W. Bush seems to have rejected a campaign based on character comparisons with the vice president and appears more concerned to clarify the character of American conservatism as compassionate and forward-looking. Though uneven in their application to different policy areas, the Texas governor’s proposals seem somewhat more in line with the principles of relations between government and society I sketched at the outset. Furthermore, there is no good reason to suppose government itself is good at running healthcare systems or schools—and there is always the danger that when it does so, individual and S UMMER 2000
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In sum, as Christians we have a serious obligation to be informed citizens in the selection of presidential and congressional candidates. The individuals we choose will make decisions affecting not only our country but our own families—including their future religious freedoms and the direction of the culture in which they will live and raise their children. James 1:5 assures us wisdom will be generously given to those who ask for it. To make discerning choices for the good of all, we need to ask God for wisdom and seriously discuss these matters with one another. Community discussions and community prayer are superior to our isolated efforts and much more resistant to the media hype and temptations to selfishness which pervade presidential election campaigns. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������� ��������� ��������������� ��������������
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uring the week of April 10–14, the Gordon communtiy focused on the broad topic “Who Is My Neighbor?” in the third annual spring symposium. In 1998 the symposium topic was economics and materialism, and in 1999 the focus was on makers and consumers of art. The symposium was sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies (CCS). It was codirected by Harold Heie, director of the CCS, and Tim Sherratt, professor of political studies. The purpose each year is to enable students and faculty to discuss biblical standards on important issues in a setting outside the classroom. The key to its success, according to Heie, is the fact that it is student-owned. A committee of faculty members oversee the organization of the symposium and approve student project applications. This year there were over 50 separate events led by students, who planned creative offerings based on the theme. Projects ranged from art to debate, to demonstrations, to film, to mock trials, to theatre and beyond (see partial listing in sidebar). Several professors encouraged students to connect class projects to the symposium’s theme. Professor Jennifer Hevelone-Harper’s history students focused on “Neighborliness in the British Isles in the First Millennium.” They displayed tools and implements of the day and prepared talks and posters on various aspects of the culture. Four male students set up an authentic pig roast on the quad to recall community neighborliness in the British Isles at the turn of the last century (see photo below). Professor Dorothy Boorse’s environmental science classes (90 students in all) offered several films, skits, debates, a coffeehouse, two books and an interpretive tour of the Gordon woods, and set out tiny flags around campus trees representing hungry people in three developing nations. Another group of students made a poignant but humorous film on “Gordon College: An Overconsumption Story,” catching classmates leaving on lights and appliances in dorm rooms and wasting food and paper products in the cafeteria. Several other students offered a sidewalk fair to show the effects of sweatshops on human rights and global economy. While the symposium lasted all week, the majority of events were held Thursday, when classes were cancelled so students could participate. It is estimated the combined attendance at symposium events exceeded 2,000.
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lums from the early ’70s might remember Will (Kirby) Kautz as the guy who won an award for the best-decorated room on campus. He collected old weathered posts and barnboard from the land around the College to produce his architectural delight. On one of his treasure hunts he found some old beams, and, with special permission from the dorm director, he pushed them finger-tight into the corners of his room over his bed (no nails—“that would have been against the rules,” he emphasizes). He attached stereo speakers to them. But over time the wood dried and shrank, and one morning, just seconds after he climbed out of the sheets, it all came down with a crash. Indeed, God has blessed him hundreds of times over the years, concludes Will, who now goes by his middle name. Like his room, Will’s path to Gordon was unique. He gave up a full scholarship at Georgetown University to attend Gordon after he had an encounter with Christ. As a long-haired hippie, involved in the anti-war movement during high school, Will realized he had come to hate people in the name of peace and love. But one night when he was a high school senior, Will watched some “Jesus people” on TV and saw something different in them. Disillusioned with his own behavior, he knelt by his bed and told God that if He were real, He could send some Jesus people to him the next day. At school the following day, Will saw posters about a Bible study run by Jesus people. He became involved in their street ministry and committed his life to Christ. But it took a few more years for Will to get down to business. Although he thrived on his artistic gifts at Gordon—he often played his guitar while classmate Elizabeth (Samvick) Isaac ’77 sang at coffeehouses—he says he squandered much of his time at college. “I was a space cadet. When I see college kids now, I get psyched,” Will says. “I wish I could do it all over and take better advantage of what I missed.” He did, however, hear Professor Marv Wilson emphasize loud and clear that our faith must be integrated with our scholarship and our vocation. “I was impressed by all those Old Testament passages about seeking justice and correcting oppression—so pervasive in Marv’s classes,” he says. In spite of the message, after graduation Will was unsure of where life was leading him. Of that time he says—with a distinct sadness in his voice—“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). But two events changed his life and gave him a strong sense of calling. The first was marrying his 18
��������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� wife in 1979—Adele, sister of Will’s good friend Warren Cofsky ’77. The second event was the presidential election of 1980, during which he was disillusioned by the automatic association many evangelicals make between theological conservatism and a secular, political conservatism. “I believe Scripture directs us to reject a liberalism which harms the poor by creating generations of welfare dependents, and to also reject a conservatism that is devoid of compassion and unable to provide solutions to care for the vulnerable,” Will says. Over the next 10 years he earned a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell, was accepted for a yearlong research fellowship at Yale because of his seminary studies in ethics, completed a law degree at the New England School of Law in Boston, and became a licensed attorney. The first seven years of married life brought Will and Adele many challenges. In addition to a great deal of financial stress with tuition bills and full-time school for both of them, before long they were a family of five. At one point they were nearly homeless, living with friends. So, having been trained by his artist father when he was a boy, Will fell back on his artistic gifts. While he attended seminary he supported his family by restoring old homes and constructing Early American furniture. When friends started asking to buy the furniture and carvings of ducks and geese Will had made for his own apartment, he thought perhaps he could feed his flock by selling his art. When it came time, Will told the Lord, “If you want me in law school, You’ll have to finance it because I’m broke—all I have is this vision to serve You.” He placed some of his art in a gallery in Portsmouth, NH, and started his full-time legal education without any funds. Within days his work began selling briskly, covering tuition and all other expenses by the end of the semester. By day Will went to law school, and by night he carved ducks. Adele helped by painting some of his work while the children slept. When his carvings sold wildly at his first trade show, Will was convinced there was gold in that there wood. “When we hit the motherload, I was reminded that God had told Israel when they first entered the Promised Land to remember He had led them every step of the journey out of slavery, and that they had a responsibility to establish a nation that would show justice and mercy to the oppressed.” The memories of his difficult times make him a better attorney, Will believes. During their lean years, Will and Adele had felt the sting of
������������������������������� �������������������������������� ���������������������� being looked down upon by the wealthy and privileged of the North Shore area. They determined then to one day be the voice of the voiceless, the abused and the disinherited. As they emerged from those lean years, they bought a plot of land in Vermont, where they eventually built a lovely replica of an antique house, complete with authentic beams, doors and furnishings. Will’s wood shop is in the basement, right alongside his shelves of law books and his desk. While he really enjoys working with his hands, Will’s craft is simply a means to an end, he says. His ministry is providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence, the handicapped and the dying. “I was raised on the parable of the good steward,” he says, “and I always had a strong sense of social responsibility. God aligns Himself with the weak, the orphaned. He gives special care to those who aren’t succeeding.” Will takes his cue from Isaiah 58. He has committed the entire chapter to memory: Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter. . . . The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs . . . strengthen your frame. Over the past six years Will has taken several dozen family court cases pro bono. He never takes more than three at any one time because it is often exhausting, gut-wrenching work. “Sometimes I find myself asking God to give me a ministry that’s more fun,” he says. It’s also frustrating when opposing attorneys try to wear Will down because they know he’s providing free representation. One case went on for three years because an opposing attorney with a wealthy client filed motion after motion to force a settlement. “But I’m stubborn,” Will says. “I didn’t give up, and the court decided in my client’s favor.”
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He prefers cases that involve children so he can talk with both parents and do family mediation work. But in many of the cases he takes he’s unable to get at the root of the problem. “Sometimes the role of a lawyer is in conflict with the role of a minister,” he says. He’s obliged to stick close to legal procedures and basically provide relief from further abuse. He is currently representing a mother and her 19-year-old son who is on a ventilator, paralyzed from a diving accident. The mother, who needed legal guardianship to take care of the boy’s medical bills and needs, was thrown out of the house by her husband. Shortly after, the house mysteriously burned, leaving her with no home for their son. Will’s interests also include history and movements. “I’m fascinated by the power of good and evil,” he says. He would one day like to run for political office. He has been elected to the local school board and almost ran for the Vermont State Legislature this year. But his commitment to family will keep that on the back burner until his four children, ages 11 to 18, are grown. Meanwhile he continues to write essays and speak passionately on justice, theology, philosophy and spiritual topics. He and Adele are involved in Young Life, their church and community, and they lend a hand to those in need whenever possible. “I want to leave this place in better shape than I found it,” Will says.
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HOMOSEXUALITY IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST ISSUES IN OUR CULTURE—AND A GROWING SOURCE OF CONTENTION AMONG CHRISTIANS. CAN BELIEVERS REACH OUT IN LOVE WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE TRUTH? SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR SYBIL COLEMAN BELIEVES WE CAN.
he true stories of David, Sue and Bill (not their real names) illustrate some of the paths that can lead people to homosexual lifestyles. Debates are ongoing about the many elements that may influence a person’s homosexual orientation. These include prebirth genetic or hormonal elements, early childhood environment affecting development and self-esteem, moral environment in the home or social group, sexual experimentation and reinforcement of behavioral patterns, and traumatic experiences such as rape or sexual abuse.1 Almost everyone knows someone who is homosexual, or who struggles with the results of the homosexuality of a friend or family member. It’s a huge issue in our society—in our schools, in the workplace, in our churches, even in organizational and legislative matters. The issue is not going away; in fact, it’s increasing in intensity. For Christians the challenge is very real. How do we deal with homosexuality without compromising the truth? How do we respond to the world’s portrayal of Christians as bigoted and intolerant? If it’s true people are born that way, how can it be wrong? Arguments put forward in defense of homosexuality are very persuasive to the unbeliever. But Christians understand that regardless of an individual’s orientation—no matter what the cause—we are called to be transformed into the image of Christ and live our lives according to the principles set forth in Scripture. As image-bearers of Christ, we are also called to respond in compassionate, loving ways to those with whom we disagree. If we are firmly grounded in God’s Word, we will reflect on our own fallenness first of all, and out of the compassion, love, forgiveness and restoration we receive from our loving Father, we will be able to extend compassion, love, forgiveness and restoration to every other sinner—based always on God’s truth.
�������������������������� We must examine Scripture to ground our perspectives on any issue, and homosexuality is no exception. In his book Same-Sex Partnerships?, theologian John Stott writes: No ethical challenge facing the churches today is more radical than the homosexual or “gay” debate. It tends to be polarized between “homophobia” and “homophilia,” that is, between those who feel an emotional revulsion towards homosexual people and those who regard committed same-sex relationships as morally equivalent to marriage. [Author’s quotation marks.] Stott lists three key Scripture references from Leviticus, Romans and I Corinthians. Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 condemn the act of “lying with a man as one lies with a woman.” The advocates of homosexuality argue that these texts refer to religious practices which have long since ceased and are, therefore, not relevant to homosexual partners today. Stott counters, “The burden of proof is with them, however. The plain, natural interpretation of these two verses is that they prohibit homosexual intercourse of every kind. And the requirements of the death penalty . . . indicate the extreme seriousness with which homosexual practices were viewed.” In Romans 1:18–32 the Apostle Paul describes the decadent pagan society in his day. “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another” (vv. 26–27). Stott writes: Jesus himself later endorsed this Old Testament definition of marriage. In doing so he both introduced it with words from Genesis 1:27 (that the Creator “made them male and female” [Matthew 19:4] and concluded it with his own comment (“so they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” [Matthew 19:6]). He thus made three statements about God the Creator’s activity. First, God “made”
them male and female. Secondly, God “said” that a man must leave his parents and cleave to his wife. Thirdly, he “joined” them together in such a way that no human being might put them apart. Here, then, are three truths which Jesus affirms: 1. Heterosexual gender is a divine creation; 2. heterosexual marriage is a divine institution, and 3. heterosexual fidelity is the divine intention. A homosexual liaison is a breach of all three of these divine purposes. [Author’s quotation marks.] Paul lists sinful practices in I Corinthians 6:9–10 and I Timothy 1:8–11; each includes a reference to homosexual practices. Paul affirms these sins to be incompatible with the Kingdom of God and with the law and the gospel. All 10 categories listed in I Corinthians 6:9–10 denote people who have offended by their actions—for example, idolaters, adulterers and thieves. It is critically important to note it is behavior that is condemned, not orientation.
������������������� Every person has an intrinsic value which comes from the fact that we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Because of the divine image, we must treat each person with utmost respect and justice. So, while we uphold the ideal of being a reflection of God’s image, we also show wholehearted compassion to one another, for we all fall short of the ideal. In social work this value is expressed in the principle of nondiscrimination. That is, refusal to “negatively value people or subject them to injustice” on the basis of personal characteristics or status, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and political or religious beliefs. This belief in the value of persons and the principle of love and justice are fully supported by Christian theology—indeed they are hallmarks of Christian ethics.2 It is not a simple matter to apply this principle. In our response to homosexual practice, we must avoid two extremes. We must not ridicule or discriminate against those who live immoral lives, but neither can we accept their behavior to the point of condoning it or granting privilege as a special class. For some individuals, painful experiences trigger a drawing to homosexuality, so we must be cautious about ignoring or intensifying their pain through a harsh spirit of moral self-righteousness. It is also essential that we hold the same scriptural standard of moral conduct for the heterosexual person as we do for the homosexual person.
�������������������������� Before we talk about the behaviors, drives and addictions of others, we need to reflect on our own failures as bearers of the image of God. Discussion of homosexuality—or any other sin—must take place in the context of a full understanding of God’s expectations and grace for each one of us. Showing love and justice does not mean acquiescing to or condoning homosexual behavior. Stott says, “True Love is not incompatible with the maintenance of moral standards.” But we need to recognize that the homosexual’s struggle to control sexual drives is parallel to that of anyone who is struggling with sinful behavior. The answer isn’t in control, but rather in the recognition of one’s lack of control—and in surrendering it to the grace of God.3 People who want to address their homosexuality can take several approaches, including inner work (emotional and cognitive or mental) and outer work (behavioral, social). These approaches include strategies involving the client’s inner conversations and emotional life (especially his or her wounded areas of feelings and defenses). This can be assisted through mental-emotional restructuring and
improved management of stress and anxiety, and reeducation in a number of areas (for example, social skills). The client who is open to renewal in Christ and develops a committed spiritual life gains an additional strength crucial to the process.4 Martin Hallett, who before his conversion was active in the gay scene, has written a very honest account of his experience of what he calls “Christ’s way out of homosexuality” (which, by the way, is a helpful approach for dealing with other problematic sexual behaviors, including pornography). He is candid about his continuing vulnerability, his need for safeguards, his yearning for love and his occasional bouts of emotional turmoil. He entitled his autobiographical sketch, I Am Learning to Love, in the present tense, and subtitled it A Personal Journey to Wholeness in Christ. His final paragraph begins: “I have learnt; I am learning; I will learn to love God, other people and myself. This healing process will only be complete when I am with Jesus.”
��������������� After we’ve offered them our love and compassion, the best thing we can offer to homosexuals is God’s love. New Testament ethics scholar Thomas E. Schmidt offers these “Words of Hope” in his book Straight & Narrow? Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate: [I have searched for words] to convey strength of conviction in a spirit of compassion. . . . I . . . [imagine] the faces of homosexual friends looking over my shoulder . . . [I wonder] . . . whether they have been helped, angered, encouraged, confused or informed. Probably all of these at one point or another. What final word can I offer to them? Just this. Above and beyond their faces I envision another Face, infinitely knowing, intimately caring, invincibly loving. I entrust to Him all the words of mine that have gone before, and I offer at last these words of His: “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30) This One invites us to come to Him for grace, wisdom, faith, hope, love—and forgiveness. Who among us does not need each of these gifts in order to live lives of righteousness and to be committed to the absolutes of love and justice for all? William Consiglio, “Homosexual No More: Ministry and Therapy for the Recovering Homosexual,” Social Work and Christianity 20, 1; Thomas Schmidt, Straight & Narrow? Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate. 2David Sherwood, “Context for Dealing with the Issue of Homosexuality: Love, Justice, Freedom, Diversity,” Social Work and Christianity 20, 2. 3Gerald May, Addiction & Grace; Arnold Washton and Donna Boundy, Willpower’s Not Enough. 4Consiglio. 1
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S PRING 2000
all is an important season in the lives of high school seniors; in a sense it sets the tone for the senior-year experience. Little else rivals the pressure that can accompany choosing the right college. It starts as seniors apply to schools; then they must navigate the winnowing process, while at the same time universities are narrowing the field of potential entering students. By spring—after traveling countless miles and spending school vacations visiting colleges, interviewing with admissions counselors, filling out applications and awaiting acceptances—it’s time to commit to the college of choice. That spring deadline is an important date for colleges and universities as well. College admissions offices find out just how effective their recruitment efforts have been. In my case, letters pour in reflecting thankful hearts and expectant minds as they communicate their desire to study at Gordon. And, of course,
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some of these missives inform us of decisions to enroll elsewhere. The reasons are often familiar: New England is too cold for some, Gordon is too far for others. But too safe? That’s the crux of a letter that caught my attention last spring. A student had written to inform me he was enrolling at an Ivy League institution in New England and believed the Lord was leading him there. That’s perfectly understandable; there’s certainly a place and a need for young Christian men and women to impact secular campuses in America. And not all Christians are called to Christian colleges. What caught me by surprise, though, was the notion that Gordon might be too safe for him. This particular student grew up in a Christian home and was active in church, a leader in his youth group and high school, and looking to break out on his own. The stated assumption in this case was that thrusting himself among many nonbelievers in a secular classroom would challenge him more—make his faith and intellect stronger. That may be valid, but I beg to differ. And it reminds me that fall is the crucial time to make our case for the Gordon Experience in particular and Christian higher education in general.
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analysis of the risk for violent crime. But this young man wasn’t talking about physical safety. Rather, he was indicating that a Christian college would not provide him with real-world preparation or interaction that would challenge his perceptions, force him to thoughtfully examine and support his faith, and even defend his principles. That’s where he’s wrong about Gordon, though I’ll allow that we accomplish our task in an environment that’s obviously conducive to a Christian worldview. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not advocating—nor do I want to perpetuate—the Christian-college bubble. That’s not what I mean by “safe.” If I could take the student’s words and turn them around, I’d redefine this concept in the following way. Gordon College is a place where one can thoughtfully examine ideas and views contrary to that which we hold sacred. We need not fear the opportunity to entertain ideas antithetical to our own beliefs. We do so with the freedom drawn from a framework of faith, both in and out of the classroom. In Christian higher education we commonly refer to this as educating the student wholistically. But we seek to educate, not indoctrinate; we seek to equip young men and women with the critical thinking skills necessary to make an impact in our culture, all the while nurturing faith. It’s a balancing act, but one which allows plenty of room for personal challenges, individual growth and, in the end, Christian maturity. WAYNE SMITH
B Y A DMISSIONS
Some people think a Christian campus won’t provide challenging preparation for life after college. Is that true?
����������������������������������������� There’s nothing necessarily safe about that process. What sets us apart from secular institutions is that Gordon ultimately upholds—rather than denigrates—Christian values in the process. Too many secular colleges marginalize solid values and seek to subvert the Christian worldview. In an age of politically correct academia, nothing seems to be as archaic, obsolete and intolerant as Christianity is perceived to be. So the daily effort of countering such bias among professors and other students on a secular campus can often get in the way of obtaining an education. That’s not true for all Christian students who don’t choose Christian colleges, but it is for many. Ultimately, then, the choice to come to Gordon is a very personal one. That’s how it should be. Not every student is the right fit for the College, and vice versa. The good news is that Gordon offers a different choice from that of secular universities—one which in no way diminishes the scope of a college education merely because it’s built from a common foundation of Christian faith. Safe choice? In a good sense. Wise choice? Yes, for many students. Distinctive choice? Definitely.
From a letter to President Jud Carlberg: ost of the unsolicited mail I receive at Pacific Lutheran University never makes it out of the mailroom. Stillpoint is always an exception. It stays nearby, in my office for awhile, and then at home. At first reading it gladdens my heart, stirs my mind, and quickens my appreciation for the mission, character, and accomplishments of Gordon College. Longer term, it challenges me to stay alert to how I conceptualize and perform my work at PLU. That’s why I keep it around, placed where I will keep bumping into it. . . . Today I cut out Suzanne Phillips’ revisionist piece [“Modern Myths of the Church and the Mentally Ill,” Fall/Winter 1999] to send to my son, now studying in . . . [a] graduate program, chosen for its recognition of spirituality as inherent in human nature and pivotal in mental health. . . . I have been back in the classroom for five years, with teaching responsibilities ranging from Freshman Writing to Research and Program Evaluation in our graduate programs in teaching and administration. . . .
Bob Mulder, director of co-op and career services at Gordon 1985–87, and currently a faculty member at PLU
n 1978 I arrived as a freshman on the Barrington campus. From the start I realized how dedicated, caring and committed
the faculty and staff at Barrington were to a Christian education, their faith and the growth of the students in their own faith journey. . . . During the two years I spent at Barrington, I had the opportunity many times to be in the homes of faculty and staff for dinner, Bible study or fellowship. They supported me as I grew in my faith and helped me realize I wanted my daily walk with God to be reflected in my daily actions. In 1980 I left Barrington to get married. . . . The lessons I learned at Barrington stayed with me. As we entered the 1990s . . . God somehow directed me to Gordon to complete my degree in youth ministries. Thirteen years after I began my degree, it was time to complete it. . . . I learned so much about prioritizing my personal time with God and the power of prayer as I started down another path in my faith journey. I feel unique that half of my college career was spent at Barrington and the other half at Gordon. I can see how important it was for the two to come together. In unity there is strength, and as a united college Gordon is able to reach and prepare so many youth and adults to serve God in the world around us. I would like to say thank you to all the faculty and staff from Barrington and Gordon who helped me along the way. I am proud to say I am a product of the united college of Gordon and Barrington. Barbara Larkin Anderson, ’78–80B, ’96
Partners Program D
id you know that 19 percent of our students come from families earning less than what it costs to attend Gordon College for one year? Or that 88 percent of the student body receive some type of financial assistance? Did you know some of our students work as many as three parttime jobs during the academic year to help pay their tuition? Ten years ago a group of 40 trustees and friends of Gordon College recognized the need to support students and their families whose hard work and determination were simply not meeting the financial demands of a Gordon education. That’s how the Partners Program was born. Today over 300 Gordon alumni, parents and friends support this scholarship program by making annual gifts of $500 and above. Those who made a commitment to the program this year are listed on page 24. One of our Partners recipients expressed her gratitude in a thank-you note this year: Thanks to wonderful parents, grandparents, the College work/study program, part-time jobs and YOU, I am experiencing an enriching academic career and a
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spiritual revolution. Since coming to Gordon I have become involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, helped organize a pro-life group on campus, worked with the youth group at my adoptive church and had a part-time job at a local clothing store. Thanks very much for helping support me through the Partners Program. I wouldn’t be here without it. If you’re interested in joining this effort, please contact Sandy Butters in the Development Office: (978) 927-2306, ext. 4041.
On behalf of the Gordon community, we thank you for your involvement through prayer and financial gifts. You make a real difference in the lives of our students. Don and Barbara Chase Cochairs, Partners Program S UMMER 2000
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ut the date on your calendar, make hotel reservations now and start looking for a good deal on flights to Boston! If you are a member of the classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 or 1995, you are especially going to want to be here for a reunion with your classmates. Call your friends and plan a rendezvous at Gordon.
Don’t forget the Steve Green Concert Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m. The Gordon College Choir will be performing with Steve. Tickets are available now. The price for general admission is $12 ($10 each for groups of 10 or more). Phone orders accepted with Visa or MasterCard (there is a $3 charge for mailing your tickets). Tickets may be purchased on campus at the Office of Alumni, Parent and Church Relations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call (978) 927-2300, ext. 4238, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
eptember Art Exhibit—August 26–September 29 “Temma on Earth”: Recent Works of Tim Lowly (insightful paintings of his paraplegic daughter) 1 “A Musical Tribute to Goethe” with artist-inresidence Elizabeth Printy, soprano, and Alina Polyakov, accompanist; 8 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall
ctober Art Exhibit—October 7–November 3 “Interiors”: Recent Paintings of Joel Sheesley (oil paintings of common interiors and figures with metaphoric meanings)
6–8 HOMECOMING WEEKEND 6 Steve Green performing with the College Choir; 7:30 p.m., Gordon Chapel (call ext. 4238 for tickets) 7 Jazz Ensemble Concert; 4 p.m., FREE in front of Phillips Music Center
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7 Gordon Symphony Orchestra performing with the College Choir; 7 p.m., Gordon Chapel 28 Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Fall Concert; 7 p.m., Gordon Chapel 29 Thompson Chamber Music Series featuring pianist Ann Kocielny; 4 p.m., Phillips
Art Exhibit—November 4–December 7 “Light in Darkness”: Recent Paintings of Gregg King (oil paintings of apocalyptic scenes) 11–12, Fall Theatre Production:“Black Comedy,” by Peter Shaffer 14–18 (matinee on Saturday) 13 Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert; 8 p.m., Lane Student Center 18 Gordon Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert; 7 p.m., Gordon Chapel
3 Advent Festival; 4 p.m., Gordon Chapel 9 Christmas Gala; 7 p.m., Gordon Chapel
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