Dr. Marvin Wilson a 35-year conversation
Expanding Interfaith Conversation in a Post-9/11 World How many times have we heard, “9/11 changed the world forever”? While this has become a truism, Gordon College is experiencing that change in major ways. For one, the Gordon faculty is far more aware of the educational, cultural and religious questions 9/11 thrust on us. But the Gordon faculty has been committed for decades to preparing students for a different world. Gordon was a pioneer in using travel and study to introduce students to varied cultures, languages and religious expressions. Two of our pioneers are Dr. David Franz, the creator of the European Seminar, and Dr. Marvin Wilson, who has focused his professional attention on the dialogue between Christians and Jews. For almost four decades Dr. Wilson has ensured that generations of Gordon students understand the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Dr. Wilson told me recently that 9/11 helped him see the importance of broadening his teaching emphasis to introduce Gordon students to Islam. As described in this issue of Stillpoint, he is taking very seriously the need for Christians to understand the Islamic religion—the youngest of the world’s monotheistic religions. Not only does Professor Wilson introduce students to the basic theological presuppositions of all three Abrahamic faiths, he does it, as he always has, through the medium of “respectful conversation.” Using this approach, Marv helps all of us consider the competing claims for truth, and he evaluates them against the basic biblical record. Marv Wilson models for those of us in the Gordon community how we can firmly hold to a Christian worldview without being antisemitic or anti-Islamic. By adding this third component to his lifelong study of religious interactions among the three major faiths, Dr. Wilson also is furthering the aim and mission of Gordon College to prepare students who are intellectually mature and globally aware—people of Christian character who are able to be leaders with a servant mindset. Generations of Gordon College students love Marv Wilson for his pastor’s heart, his teachable spirit and his commitment to growing Christian global leaders. Our current students appreciate him even more as he helps them understand the heart of the true Islamic faith and how fundamentalism, wherever it is found, distorts, destroys and denigrates God’s creation.
T.S. Eliot, in his poem Four Quartets, refers to God as the “still point of the turning world.”
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Volume 21, Number 3
Up Front by R. Judson Carlberg Expanding Interfaith Conversation in a Post-9/11 World
On & Off Campus by Brent Bjornsen ’07
Commencement 2006 by Daniel White
Dr. Michael Guillen invited students to consider the “great adventure” of a life lived in obedience to Jesus Christ.
Life Together: The Gordon in Boston Program by Patricia Hanlon
While Dr. Craig McMullen was deeply involved in urban ministry in Boston, a vision for urban education was also coalescing at Gordon.
For The Salvation Army, evangelical witness and social concern are natural partners.
Saving Marv’s Bible by Cyndi McMahon
The College rebinds Dr. Marvin Wilson’s vintage NIV Bible.
Expanding Interfaith Conversation
Susannah Heschel Addresses Convocation
Gordon in Boston program students Melody Springer ’06, Amanda Hartman ’06 and Ben Helms (CCCU) ride the T, Boston's urban transit system. Story on page 6.
The Salvation Army: A Hundred Years of Urban Ministry by Roger Green
For 35 years the College has been engaged in respectful interfaith conversation between Christians and Jews. Now the time has come to expand the conversation.
Dr. Susannah Heschel pays tribute to her father, theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Story on page 12.
Beach Reading at Best? by David Mathewson and Steven Hunt
The Da Vinci Code should not be seen as a threat, but as an opportunity for Christians to articulate the reasons for their hope in Christ.
The Part No One Sees by Mike Schauer
Men’s basketball coach Mike Schauer writes about his role as a coach during the off season.
Gordon College and Digital Equipment Corporation Salute Ken Olsen, Servant Leader by Daniel Tymann
Saturday, June 17, Gordon College broke ground for its new Ken Olsen Science Center, paying tribute to one of the 20th century’s leading pioneers in computer science.
Cover photograph of Dr. Marvin Wilson, by Michael Hevesy; F. Gaylor Photography: 4 and 5; Daniel Nystedt ’06: 2 (upper right), 16; Cyndi McMahon: IFC, 1 (lower), 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 (upper left, lower left), 21 (center), 23; Cristin Bradley: 22 (right); Andrew Swaine: 20 (center, right), 21 (right), 22 (left, center); Patricia Hanlon: 1 (upper), 9 (upper); Kristin Schwabauer ’04: 18 (upper left); IBC and BC images used by permission.
Raves and No Rebuffs by Bryan Parys ’04
Appreciation for Pat McKay ’65, award-winning editor of Stillpoint for nearly 12 years.
Letters to the Editor
Faith Seeking Understanding Lecture Series
On & Off Campus by
Brent Bjornsen ’07
Two Leaders Celebrate Service Milestones President R. Judson Carlberg and Provost Mark Sargent were recently recognized for their years of service at Gordon College. Carlberg came to Gordon in 1976 and served as dean of faculty and director of development before being named Gordon’s seventh president in 1992. Under his leadership the College has experienced significant growth in programs, enrollment and physical plant in addition to the Annual Fund, which has more than doubled during his tenure. He is currently working with the Board of Trustees in forging a vision for Gordon that is increasingly urban and global. Sargent arrived at Gordon in 1996 and has overseen the addition of three master’s degrees, several new undergraduate majors and new interdisciplinary concentrations. He also spearheaded the implementation of the Critical Loyalty Project, an academic initiative that focuses on vocational and leadership development of students. Last February he was elected national chair of the chief academic officers for the Council of Independent Colleges.
Stillpoint Brings Home National Award from the Evangelical Press Association Stillpoint, the magazine of Gordon College, recently received the Award of Excellence, the highest award given by the Evangelical Press Association (EPA), whose members publish over 300 periodical titles with a combined circulation of over 22 million. The Gordon publication, now in its 21st year, received the award in the Organizational category, competing with other college and organizational magazines. The Award of Excellence honors overall excellence throughout a full calendar year of a publication. Stillpoint received the award for the three issues published in 2005. This is the fifth year in a row Stillpoint has received awards from the EPA and the second winning of the EPA’s top honor, receiving it previously for 2003.
Fulbright Scholar Named Kathryn Malczyk ’06 received a Fulbright Scholarship in April to study and work in Germany as an English teaching assistant. The Fulbright program offers opportunities to meet, work and live with people of other countries, sharing daily experiences and promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding through engagement in the community. “I am very excited to accept this assignment and am looking forward to the entire experience,” Malczyk said. “This is a life-changing opportunity.” While at Gordon, she worked as a teaching and research assistant for her German professor, Gregor Thuswaldner, who was instrumental in encouraging her to apply for the award.
Kurt Keilhacker Named New Chair of Board of Trustees Kurt Keilhacker, Gordon Board of Trustees member since 2001, was recently named chair. He is currently the managing partner at TechFund, a venture capital firm specializing in the launching of technology companies. Prior to the founding of TechFund, Keilhacker was the director of international development for CHIPS and Technologies Inc., and CEO of its Summit Systems subsidiary focused on emerging markets. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago and an M.L.A. from Stanford University. He is also chairman of the board of the Veritas Forum, which sponsors conferences on faith and culture issues on university campuses.
Gordon Awarded Continuing Funding for Lilly Program Lilly Endowment has awarded an additional $500,000 grant to Gordon College in continuing support of the Critical Loyalty Project, an interdisciplinary academic initiative that focuses on vocational and leadership development in students. Project director Dr. Tal Howard writes, “Gordon as a whole benefits from this support, especially our students. We hope the project continues our quest to take Christian intellectual excellence to a higher level.” The College, through additional fundraising, will assume more than 50 percent of total funding for the extended grant period.
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Faculty Focus Stephen Alter, history, was awarded an Initiative Grant from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Dorothy Boorse, biology, was interviewed on public radio in Wisconsin and in California on how the Christian organization The Noah Alliance is endeavoring to “save plants and animals as a religious calling.” Jennifer Beatson, Spanish, presented two papers at the 16th Annual Convention of North American Christian Foreign Language Association at Baylor University, and spoke at a conference, “Spirituality, Justice, and Pedagogy,” held by Calvin College. English professor Paul Borgman’s The Way according to Luke: Hearing the Whole Story of Luke–Acts was published by Eerdmans. Paul portrays the organic unity of Luke and Acts, demonstrating how the meaning is embedded in its narrative structures. Sandra Doneski, music, served as conductor for the Middle School Chorus at the Maine Music Educators Choral Festival. Sandy also presented two workshops at the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Conference. Janis Flint-Ferguson, English, served on a professional development team for middle school teachers in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Bible professor Roger Green’s biography The Life and Ministry of William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army was released by Abingdon (see article, page 10). Kirsten Helgeland, music, delivered the paper “Two Minds with but a Single Thought: Zez Confrey and Louis Gruenberg ‘Jazz’ the Classics” at the Northeast Regional Conference of the College Music Society, held at Wilkes University. Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, history, published “Ecclesiastics and Ascetics: Finding Spiritual Authority in Fifth- and Sixth-Century Palestine,” in Hogoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. Agnes Howard, history, published an essay, “Pregnancy and Moral Labor,” in First Things: The Journal of Religion, Culture and Public Life. History professor Thomas A. (“Tal”) Howard’s Protestant Theology and the Making of the German University was released by Oxford University Press. He also published the essay “L’affaire Hochschild and Evangelical Colleges” on the controversy over Catholics on the faculty at Wheaton (and other Christian colleges) in Books & Culture, and another essay, “Commentary: A Religious Turn in Modern European Historiography,” in the journal Church History.
A sampling of faculty accomplishments and activities outside the classroom Irvin Levy, chemistry, will serve as cochair for the Chemical Education Division at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in Salt Lake City, to be held in March 2009. Kina Mallard, dean for academic programs, coordinated the session on “Now, New, Next: Shaping the Christian Faculty for 2020” at the International Forum on Christian Higher Education, held in Dallas. Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, political studies, coauthored an essay with Brian Lai in Political Research Quarterly. She also presented the paper “Understanding Latino Political Participation: Does Trust Matter,” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Malcolm Patterson, education, published “Ensuring Legal Boundaries with the Public Schools” in the Journal of the International Community of Christians in Teacher Education. Richard Pierard, Stephen Phillips Chair of History, gave an address at Boston University on “Mission in America: Challenges of Church and State in Contemporary America.” Dick’s essay “Why the Time Is Right for God’s Politics” appeared in Faith & International Affairs. Kenneth Phillips, music education, published numerous articles including “Adolescence: More than a Voice Change” in Massachusetts Music News, “Avoiding Vocal Abuse” in Mass Sings, and “Planning a Successful Choral Rehearsal” in Choral Journal. He also delivered two sessions at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Conference. Stephen Smith, economics, spoke at Westmont College on “Economics and the Glorious Virtue of Prudence” and “North versus South in the Global Income Distribution: Are the Rich Getting Richer While the Poor Get Poorer?” Michael Veatch, mathematics, published the paper “Enhanced Dynamic Programming Algorithms for Series Line Optimization” and collaborated with two other authors on “Dynamic Allocation of Reconfigurable Resources in a Two-Stage Tandem Queuing System with Reliability Considerations.” Both were published in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. Dong Wang, history, published China’s Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History, by Rowman & Littlefield. She also published “Circulating American Higher Education: The Case of Lingnan University, 1888–1951” in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Herma Williams, associate provost, coordinated a special “Celebrating Women in Leadership” program at the International Forum on Christian Higher Education, held in Dallas. As chair of CCCU’s Intercultural Competencies Commission, she also organized a Presidential Symposium. She participated as a speaker in the Salem Annual Symposium on the AIDS pandemic and gave the commencement address at Malone College. Ming Zheng, biology, contributed an essay on “China Flora and Fauna” to The World and Its Peoples Encyclopedia. He will speak this summer at the American Scientific Association’s conference on “Christian Values in Biotechnology,” held at Calvin College.
“Begin the Greatest Adventure of Your Life” by
commencement on may 13 was marked but not dampened by record rainfall—more than 12 inches fell over a three-day period. “Choose to begin the greatest adventure of your life—right here and now,” said Dr. Michael Guillen, former science correspondent with ABC News. He delivered his address to a packed Bennett Athletic Center gymnasium, including 390 undergraduate and graduate students. He told the students that when he surrendered his life to God his own adventure with Jesus Christ began—“more exciting than my trips to such places as the North and South Poles and the site of the sunken Titanic,” expeditions that were often televised on Good Morning America and other ABC News programs. Guillen, also a physicist and bestselling author, began his remarks by asking students what they plan to do with the rest of their lives. He then shared an account of his own career path that led to a deepening of his faith and a realignment of priorities. After his mother’s death while he was in graduate school, “I buried myself in my studies like never before,” he said, “and I thought that what makes humans truly outstanding is our intelligence.” He would soon discover, though, that what really sets human beings apart from other living things is something he called our spiritual quotient or SQ. “IQ says seeing is believing, where SQ says believing is seeing,” Guillen said. “IQ seeks to prove truths we find hard to believe, while SQ believes truths we find hard to prove. But the two are powerful allies.”
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It was a combination of his own IQ and SQ that revealed to him the truth about “an organizing principle” that orders the universe. “My IQ and SQ together gave me depth perception,” something that occurred while he was in graduate school, he said. “My IQ awakened my SQ,” an awakening that would significantly impact his life and career—including his work with ABC News, which he would eventually leave behind. For several months after his transition from network television, Guillen said he wondered what he would do with the rest of his life, not unlike the question he posed during Commencement to Gordon students. “Then one night Jesus told me what he wanted me to do: surrender my life entirely to Him.” Reflecting on that moment, he compared himself to a dog that learned to submit fully to its owner, understanding his place and who is in charge. “When I surrendered my life, everything changed,” he said. “I lost the urge to control everything and realized I’m not the boss. My Creator is. As a result I discovered a contentment I never knew possible—a contentment that Philippians 4:7 refers to as ‘the peace of God which transcends all understanding.’” Guillen concluded by counseling students to consider not what they plan to do with their lives but, instead, what God has planned for them. “Surrender your career from the get-go,” he said. “Choose now to begin the greatest adventure of your life. The decision is yours.”
price receives honorary Doctorate following guillen’s address, Dr. stephen price, former College physician at Gordon for 22 years and founder of the Willowdale Medical Centers in Hamilton and Essex, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. A native of Wales, Price was a family practitioner in Winchcombe, England, and in Nova Scotia, Canada, before relocating to Massachusetts in 1980. In 1998 Boston Magazine honored him as one of the top 25 doctors in New England out of more than 14,000 surveyed. Price has also served as a medical missionary locally and around the world. His recent activities include providing medical care to tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka, evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana and earthquake survivors in Pakistan. Upon receiving his honorary degree, Price was recognized “for his faithful service in medical mission work, his leadership in his profession and his long service to the Gordon community.”
Distinguished faculty awards
Phillips holds degrees from Cornell University (B.A.), Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Institute of Holy Land Studies (M.A.) and The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning (Ph.D.). This summer she will travel with Gordon students to Sri Lanka to teach, minister and work among people still profoundly affected by the December 2005 tsunami. Dr. Gregor Thuswaldner, assistant professor of German at Gordon College, was presented the Junior Distinguished Faculty Award. When Thuswaldner joined the faculty in 2003, he brought with him a “vision for new initiatives and the energy and dedication sufficient to pursue them,” according to the provost. Sargent added that Thuswaldner “has high standards for his students and optimism for their potential—including one Gordon student he helped coach as she applied for and received a Fulbright scholarship.” Thuswaldner has been a prodigious writer of numerous articles and reviews, and is currently editing two books: the first a collection of essays on literary theory, and the second on the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of the religious struggles in 20th-century Germany. He has presented at many conferences in the United States and Europe, and is helping to plan a major conference for this fall on Christ in culture. He holds degrees from the University of Salzburg (B.A.), University of Vienna (M.A.) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D.).
baccalaureate 2006 dr. elaine phillips and dr. gregor thuswaldner were named winners of the 2006 Distinguished Faculty Awards. The Distinguished Faculty Awards are made on the recommendation of faculty and members of the senior class and are based on teaching ability, noteworthy scholarship and the quality of their relationships with students. Dr. Phillips, professor of biblical and theological studies, received the Senior Distinguished Faculty Award. Phillips began her tenure at Gordon in 1993 and is described by Provost Mark Sargent as an esteemed colleague who “cherishes many connections within the Gordon community—connections that are apparent in the many students who value her as a mentor, in the enthusiastic teams that travel with her to study at Jerusalem University College, and in the ways her students are drawn to more earnest study of biblical literature and history. With attention to detail she has helped Gordon affirm the difficult balance between scholarly freedom and Christian responsibility.”
bishop leroy bailey, senior pastor of First Cathedral in Bloomfield, Connecticut, encouraged the Class of 2006 by reminding them God has a plan for their lives and that everything will “fall into place.” He said, “After you have done all you know to do, go to sleep and have faith that God has ordered your steps. You will be challenged by culture; you will be shaken but not abandoned. God will give you back double for your trouble.” Gifted with a shepherd’s heart, Bailey leads a congregation of more than 11,000 members and has received numerous awards for his excellence in leadership and faithful service. His son, Michael, was among the students graduating during Commencement Weekend.
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During the years Craig McMullen was deeply involved in urban ministry in Boston, a vision for urban education was also coalescing at Gordon. the reverend dr. craig mcmullen, director
of the Gordon in Boston program, pauses before finishing his sandwich. “My hope,” he says, pointing to his head and tracing a line down to his heart, “is that each student who passes through the program will be transformed by the love of God they find in this city, and will, as an effective urban leader, apply that love to the most needy.” These are words that have been tried and tested in McMullen’s own life. “I am a proud alumnus of a Christian college,” he says. “However, it did not prepare me to become an effective urban leader.” What did prepare him
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was years of inner-city ministry as a Christian street worker, then as an assistant pastor at the historic Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury (where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached), and, more recently, as a copastor of the multicultural congregation of Dorchester Temple Baptist Church. While still working at Twelfth Baptist, McMullen arranged a joint retreat with his youth group and the youth of Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, an affluent suburb west of Boston. That retreat, held in 1989, was so galvanizing for those who attended it that it gave birth to Coming Together, a Christian youth leadership movement that, over the next 10 years, brought together more than 60 New England youth groups for ministries of racial reconciliation and social action. The network of relationships that developed during those years has made possible many other urban ministries.
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During the years McMullen was deeply involved in urban ministry, a vision for urban education was also coalescing at Gordon. “The current program,” he explains, “came out of many years of faithful prayer and leadership on the part of economics professor Dr. John Mason and a faculty group known as the Urban Presence Committee.” The committee envisioned Gordon returning to its roots in Boston, and this vision led to several earlier urban programs that were prototypes for the current Gordon in Boston urban semester program, which began in January 2002. When asked about the connection between pastoral ministry and his new role as professor and director, McMullen says, “The joy of this season of my life is to see how daily the Lord utilizes the 20 years of my pastoral ministry in Boston to bless Gordon students. The many people I have come to know—all those networks—have allowed me to introduce Gordon students to many black, white, Asian and Latino leaders across Boston.” One of these African-American leaders is Larry Mayes, chief of Human Services for the City of Boston, who oversees social, recreational and support services to city residents, particularly the homeless, women, the elderly, youth and veterans. Along with McMullen, Mayes teaches the urban studies component of the Gordon in Boston program, bringing to it his deep knowledge of the economic, cultural and political realities of urban life. The program, now nine semesters old, provides Gordon and other CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges & Universities) students of all majors with a semester-long experience of living in the Codman Square area of Dorchester, one of Boston’s most diverse and also most needy communities. In addition to the core course in urban studies, all students choose an internship that allows them to explore a work setting related to their major and their professional goals. Internships take place in Dorchester and other Boston locations. Several elective courses are available as well: Arts in the City is
offered each semester, and various academic departments at Gordon offer a rotation of topics. Boston and the Literary Imagination, for example, will be offered in the fall by the English Department. Some urban semester students take advantage of a new option to cross-register for courses at a number of colleges with which Gordon has arrangements: Boston University, Eastern Nazarene College, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts, and Harvard University’s Extension School. In addition, social work, youth ministry and education majors can fulfill their practicum track requirements while in the program.
“The many people I have come to know during 20 years of pastoral ministry—all those networks— have allowed me to introduce Gordon students to many black, white, Asian and Latino leaders across Boston.” —Craig McMullen a day in boston
I visited Gordon in Boston on a warm day in March and did not so much sit in on the Introduction to Urban Studies class as run to keep up with it. That morning McMullen and his 14 students took the subway from Dorchester to downtown Boston, where we visited several historic sites. A brisk walk took us past the Common to the Granary Burial Grounds next to Park Street Church, where students debated whether Crispus Attucks, the first casualty of the American Revolution,
was a hero or rabble-rouser. A few blocks down from there students visited the Old South Meeting House, where many of the events of the American Revolution were played out—a place with a 250-year history as a haven for free speech and assembly. Back out on Tremont Street, McMullen encountered a friend, a Boston police officer on foot patrol, and halted for several minutes of animated conversation. One of the students took me aside and stage-whispered, “Just so you know, this is a regular occurrence. He’s always running into someone he knows.”
“I loved living in a house with 16 people, two dogs, three cats and five kittens.” —Ariel Frank ’06
From the Meeting House we retraced our subway route back to Dorchester and arrived at Jubilee House, a 23-room Victorian mansion purchased by The Salvation Army in 1996. It serves as the home base for the Gordon program. Students gathered around a conference table in the first-floor living room for their weekly internship seminar with McMullen. Sound equipment parked in various corners of the room evidenced the room’s primary purpose as a worship space. McMullen distributed the coming month’s public-transit passes to the students, then addressed the issue of “mid-semester lull”: how to finesse both midterm exams and the ongoing responsibility of one’s internship. This semester’s students have worked in a variety of public and private entities, including the Neighborhood House Charter School, WB-TV 56, The Boston Project Ministries, A Woman’s Concern Pregnancy Health Center, Harvard Risk Management and Audit Services, the Noonan Business Academy at Dorchester High, the Charles River Watershed Association, Performer Magazine, the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, Northeast Development at the Cambridgeside Galleria, and the State Senate. Other internship sites have included the Boston Black Ministerial Alliance,
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the Codman Square Health Center, Emmanuel Gospel Center, Rosie’s Place Women’s Shelter, Mellon Standish Financial and Boston City Hall. Students discussed how their internships have helped them think about life after college graduation. Social work major Carol Poorman ’08 stated that before this semester, she was sure she’d go to graduate school immediately after college. Now she plans to work awhile following graduation before committing herself to a particular professional track. Ryan Cronin-Prather, CCCU visitor from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, said his internship with State Senator Dianne Wilkerson has guided him towards a future plan for law school. Jubilee House is also the home of Sue and Bill Dunigan, who are both majors in the Salvation Army. Students gave me a tour of the house, and although the Dunigans were not present that morning, the house itself was a visual aid of their radical, yet clear-headed hospitality. Second and third floors contain a mix of bedrooms and common rooms, with Gordon students, the Dunigans’ teenage children, some Salvation Army staff members, and numerous cats intermingled. One student scooped up a fuzzy gray kitten, its eyes newly open, and held it up for me to pet. two dreams converge
By late 2005 more students had indicated interest in Gordon in Boston than Jubilee House could reasonably accommodate, and McMullen was in a quandary. Then one day he met a new neighbor, Jim Hartman, who, with his wife, Jeni, had just bought a house down the street from Jubilee. Over coffee Hartman shared with McMullen his and Jeni’s vision for providing a home for young women in crisis pregnancies. Not yet aware the Gordon program was dealing with a space crunch, he told McMullen he and Jeni wanted to gain experience by living in community with residents who weren’t as highmaintenance as their prospective clients might be. Could they possibly borrow some Gordon College students? McMullen eagerly accepted the offer. During spring semester five students lived with the Hartmans and their infant son, Jericho James. It’s a quieter environment than Jubilee, but the Hartmans evidence the same willingness to open their hearts and their living quarters to Gordon students. The students occupy attractive bedrooms on the first and second floors of the stately Victorian, built 150 years ago by Patrick O’Hearn, for
whom the elementary school down the street is named. Household chores are posted on a dry-erase board in the hallway outside the kitchen. Students from the entire Gordon in Boston program gather on Thursday evenings for dinner with the Hartmans. the challenge of the city
Students in the Gordon in Boston program frequently refer to the perspective-expanding experience of living and working in a major city. Jocelyn Kirkland ’06 says, “I enjoyed being in Boston among all the movers and shakers, being a part of protests, forums and marches, signing petitions and speaking with city leaders. It is easy to think that the social justice, change and peace I am passionate about are impossible goals when I am in my books and not in real life. But when there are present, living examples, those goals are not some idealistic dreams I have but part of what is already happening.” Math major Lourdes Meza ’06, who worked with the Charles River Watershed Association, notes that “the city is your classroom. You’re exposed to things and challenged in ways you wouldn’t be back on campus.” Linh Tran ’07, a Gordon in Boston business administration major, observes that “what we study in class makes us care about big issues, yet not in any way discouraging us from seeking to be a part of the solution.” Students also had fun during the semester, mentioning Red Sox games at Fenway Park, ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond, and climbing 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Noel Le, a CCCU visitor from Azusa Pacific University, met and filmed a commercial with New England Patriot Football linebacker Tedy Bruschi on the first day of her internship at WB-TV 56. Amanda Hartmann ’06, an education major, sums it up: “I loved falling asleep to sirens and footsteps outside my window, exchanging nods and smiles with my neighbors, listening to different languages spoken on the subway. Boston is alive, and living in it has been a powerful and eye-opening experience for me.”
Upper photo, back, left to right: Geoffrey Gutierrez (CCCU), Ariel Frank ’07, Carol Poorman ’08, Jasmine Houlette ’08, Michael Howell ’06, Linh Tran ’07, Ryan Cronin-Prather (CCCU) and Ben Helms (CCCU). Front: Jocelyn Kirkland ’06, Amanda Hartman ’06, Lourdes Meza ’06, Christina Grimm ’07 and Noel Le (CCCU). Not pictured: Melody Springer ’06. Lower: Craig McMullen (left) is the director of Gordon in Boston. Larry Mayes (right) is the chief of Human Services for the City of Boston and adjunct professor in urban studies for the Gordon in Boston program.
Illustrations by Grant Hanna ’06
The Army’s partnership with Gordon College, founded as a missionary training school, is a natural one for two movements that are so much a part of the evangelical tradition.
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The Salvation Army is no stranger to inner-city
ministry, and the Army’s partnership with Gordon’s Boston Urban Semester program is a natural expression of that ministry. The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth in East London as a mission to the poor. London was a city in absolute turmoil as a result of the hundreds of thousands of people cramming into London to find work and shelter, and the East End was its underbelly—in the grip of the worst possible effects of the industrial revolution but enjoying very few of the benefits. None of the city’s operations were designed to meet the demands of the people. In the East End crime had many faces: alcoholism, prostitution, street fights and gambling. But the primary goal of the Booths in East London was to save the souls of the people; work toward their physical rehabilitation would follow. Both reared in Methodism, the Booths readily embraced the biblical mandate in Matthew 22 so emphasized by John Wesley in the previous century: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” The Booths had been taught that our neighbor is the poorest of the poor, those people who are on the margins of life: the homeless, the helpless and the victims of the industrialization of England. In response to Jesus’ commandment, the Booths founded a mission on Whitechapel Road in London that was eventually called The Christian Mission. Its central task was to preach the gospel to the poor, but as it grew and new stations were added, social ministries were also added to meet particular needs in the neighborhoods of each station. The intent of The Christian Mission was to lead people to Christ and then send them to local churches. However, many proper church people did not welcome these converts from East London. Also, converts and other workers developed a strong loyalty to the Booths. In 1878 the Mission evolved into a denomination. In keeping with the military culture of 19th-century England as well as the British penchant for pageantry,
the name chosen for the mission was The Salvation Army. That denomination— with its uniformed members, its brass bands, and its marching to street meetings throughout Great Britain—captured the imagination of the British public. By the time of William Booth’s death in 1912 the Army was ministering in 58 countries. As the Army grew and developed, the officers (ministers) and soldiers (laypersons) of the Army ministered in ways to meet the needs of their neighbors in various locations. Preaching the gospel was matched with what today would be called social ministry. Around the world Salvationists developed prison ministries; daycare centers for working mothers; homes for alcoholic men and women; homes for prostitutes; farm colonies for teaching skills to unskilled people from the cities; factories with safe working conditions; homes for the elderly, for orphans, and for the blind; and hospitals. The Army did not see the preaching of the gospel and social ministry as competitive tasks, but rather as various ministries to proclaim the Kingdom of God and as means to being obedient to the commandments of Jesus. In 1890 William Booth wrote In Darkest England and the Way Out to explain to the public the increasing social ministry of The Salvation Army. He was forthright about the mission of the Army, writing, “At the risk of being misunderstood or misrepresented, I must assert in the most unqualified way that it is primarily and mainly for the salvation of the soul that I seek the salvation of the body.” The Salvation Army ministers with the same intent today. The Army came to Boston soon after its “invasion” of America in 1880 in Battery Park in New York City under the leadership of a Salvation Army officer, Commissioner George Scott Railton. The Army’s ministries in Boston have evolved as the needs of the city have changed, and through the years Boston has witnessed the Army’s work in hospitals, daycare centers, centers for alcoholics, drop-in centers for the homeless, emergency services for people whose lives are ruined by fire or flood, and after-school programs for boys and
girls. Jubilee House is one of the most recent expressions of the Army’s ministry in the city, and the partnership with Gordon College, founded as a missionary training school, is a natural one for two movements that are so much a part of the evangelical tradition. Just as The Salvation Army would be comfortable with Gordon’s ministry and mission based on the College’s doctrinal statement, so Gordon College could well support The Salvation Army’s international mission statement: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” Both Gordon College and The Salvation Army look forward to the future as they work together in Boston for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
Roger Green is professor of biblical and theological studies. His new book, The Life and Ministry of William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army, has been released by Abingdon Press. The book stresses the ways Booth’s work was shaped by English Methodism, his own poverty, and the organizational genius of John Wesley. A few years ago Green published a biography of William’s wife, Catherine, the cofounder of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army’s William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has selected Roger as the recipient of an honorary doctorate. Besides the Booths, Dr. Green cites German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer as greatly influential in his life. “All Christians should read at least his Cost of Discipleship,” he says.
Dr. Marvin Wilson served on the Editorial Board for the NIV Old Testament translation project in 1970. As a gift of thanks and gratitude from the publisher, he was given a rare copy from the first-edition printing, not available for sale in bookstores.
ts cover was worn to the point that only the faintest traces of its title were still legible. Multiple pages had separated from the binding, but still every page was in its proper place. Notes and personal reflections in red ink saturated the thin pages—evidence of years of contemplative insights, questions and a deep appreciation for learning. Dr. Marvin Wilson’s New International Version (NIV) Bible was filled not just with notes but with memories of the decade he spent as a translator for this groundbreaking work. A gift of gratitude from the publisher, it was by now tied together with two rubber bands, one green and one
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a light shade of red. It was a first copy of a first-edition printing, and thus of great sentimental value. As a leading Old Testament scholar, Dr. Wilson was asked in 1970 to join the NIV Old Testament Translation Project, often acclaimed as the most scholarly and labor-intensive attempt at translating Scripture in history. “At first I wasn’t fully convinced we needed a new translation,” Wilson recalls. “But as I started to really think about archaic and obsolete words in the English language, the need for readability, and the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and new manuscripts since 1611 when the King James Version was published,
it became clear to me there was a need.” Wilson joined over 100 Christian Old Testament scholars from around the world to create a translation that would draw directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts, seeking to reflect the closest dynamic equivalent expression(s) in English. Because the scholars represented countries worldwide, the translation projected an international voice. Further, there were many denominations represented, ensuring that the translation would not have a sectarian bias. “The process of translation is not just the taking of a word and replacing it with a different, modern, universally understood word,” explains Wilson. “Every bit of linguistic and historical consideration— especially the context of a word—must be evaluated.” Wilson also emphasizes that translators are not infallible, and there may be a better way to express the Word of God than each translator’s individual theory or scholarly opinion. Furthermore, “committee translations tend to be more reliable than those produced by an individual scholar-theologian,” he says. Each biblical book went through four different committees. As a policy, each committee had an odd number of translators in case a tie vote developed over the translation of a word. “I spent most of my time on the Intermediate Editorial Committee,” recalls Wilson. “We would take the initial team translation work and go through it word-for-word. We averaged a speed of four verses an hour. It took about 10 years to complete the NIV translation.” In its painstaking attention to detail, its respect for the integrity of the biblical languages, and its crossdenominational teamwork, the NIV Bible represents an important piece of Christian history. And it is precisely this same respect for history, and for Wilson’s scholarly contributions both to the NIV project and to Gordon College, that has motivated the College to restore Marv’s Bible. Restoring his treasured NIV required a bindery company that would respect the historical and spiritual significance of the tattered Bible, both to the College and to Marv. Janet Bjork, serials and depository librarian in the Jenks Library at Gordon, chose Bridgeport National Bindery Incorporated in Agawam, Massachusetts: “Bridgeport has been binding our library periodicals for over 30 years. When we needed a company to repair Marv’s Bible, I knew they had the expertise to guide us in making decisions and to complete the project with care and quality workmanship.” Each page of Marv’s Bible was carefully separated from the remaining binding and pressed with weights to smooth out any wrinkles and creases. Twenty-eight of the pages were so badly damaged from time and use that they could not be incorporated into the new
BEFORE: Dr. Marvin Wilson’s vintage NIV Bible.
AFTER: A restored treasure.
binding. Made of paper stock referred to in the printing business as “onion skin,” these pages needed replacing. The search for an NIV from the first-edition printing— without notes on it, of the same exact paper stock, with the same page numbers—was not an easy task, but one was eventually found on the shelves of the Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop in Boston. The damaged pages of Marv’s Bible were replaced by pages from the found copy. Marv received his newly restored Bible this summer shortly after it arrived from the bindery company; he needed it for a special film project featuring his classroom lectures. But this fall it will be formally presented to him at the first chapel service of the new academic term, where he will start the school year with a Scripture reading—Proverbs 3:5–18—for the entire campus community.
Expanding Interfaith Conversation For 35 years dialogue between Christians and Jews has been an important part of the Gordon experience. Soon the dialogue will become a trialogue.
or 35 years the College has taken a leadership role in modeling interfaith dialogue between Christians and Jews, largely through the initiative and continuing influence of biblical and theological studies professor Marvin R. Wilson. Dr. Wilson’s innovative field-trip course at Gordon, Modern Jewish Culture, first offered in 1971, has been cited as an educational model in the field of Christian-Jewish relations. Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith was written by Wilson for this course and is in its 20th printing. The class also participates, along with the Gordon College Women’s Choir, in Yom Ha-Shoah, an annual interfaith Holocaust Memorial service held at Peabody High School. Modern Jewish Culture students attend Hasidic, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform services, ranging from ordinary Sabbath services to biblically rooted holidays such as Passover, Sukkot, Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Bryan Parys ’04 credits the class and Dr. Wilson’s influence for changing his perceptions not only of Judaism but of his own Christian faith as well. “I grew up in a Christian school, where my knowledge about Judaism didn’t move much beyond ‘Jews don’t believe in Jesus.’ But it’s so important for us to understand that Judaism is the root from which we grew. We really are family.”
“Christians are called to be proactive in establishing links of communication to the non-Christian world, to develop the vocabulary that is the prerequisite for having an informed conversation about where we differ, and why.”
Parys says there is a lot of talk about Christians engaging with their culture, but it’s life changing to see Dr. Wilson actually model it. “It’s infectious,” he says. “We saw him engaging in genuine friendships with the Jewish community, and we learned from what he was doing.” The first time Parys went to a Sabbath service, at Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, “I went out of my way to
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dress like the cover of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen. They gave the men students yarmulkes to wear while we were there. I felt as though I were walking into this world with open arms.” The Dialogue Becomes a Trialogue Clearly the interfaith conversation that has taken place at Gordon has been helpful in countering the common perception that evangelical beliefs are correlated with antisemitic attitudes. Rabbi A. James Rudin of the American Jewish Committee has credited Wilson as “the chief architect in the United States for building a positive relationship between evangelicals and Jews.” Now the time has come, Wilson insists, to build on this base and to expand interfaith conversation at Gordon to include moderate Muslim voices: “I am very concerned that recent polls show about half of evangelicals have negative views of Muslims. And many Muslims have negative views about Christians and the West. How can we begin to bridge this gap? We live in a religiously pluralistic world and are called to dynamically engage this world—not to barricade ourselves against it. And increasingly Muslims are living among us and not ‘somewhere else.’ There are mosques in Cambridge, Quincy and Wayland, for example. In places like Dearborn, Michigan, large Muslim populations are a fact of life. If you settle in Dearborn, your child’s teacher could well be Muslim.” Making Connections But there is more at stake than just knowing who Muslims are and becoming familiar with them for the sake of religious understanding. Christians, in fact, are called to be proactive in establishing links of communication, to build bridges to the non-Christian world, to develop the vocabulary that is the prerequisite for even having an informed conversation about where we differ, and why. Even more fundamentally, we need to remember, Wilson states, that “the biblical vision is pneumatological, ‘the Spirit poured out on all flesh’ (Joel 2). The Church’s role in this is not passive detachment, but personal engagement of the other.”
Dr. Marvin Wilson in his office at Gordon in 1985. He taught at Barrington College for eight years and joined the Gordon faculty in 1971. He says, of the process of education, that “learning in the Bible is never abstract. Learning is always associated with doing, with action—in short, to learn is to do, to practice, to experience. At Gordon we’re doing more than passing information from books on to students; we’re seeking to embody a philosophy of life. That is the genius of a Christian liberal arts education.”
It’s also important, Wilson insists, to be clear that when we bring Muslim speakers to campus “we are not putting them on trial—they are our guests, after all, and this is an educational conversation, not a confrontation or a debate. We need to take note of how often Jesus is indirect or even oblique, how often he engages people through parables and images. We need to pay attention to this and to model what interfaith conversation looks like: always speaking truth, yet learning to disagree without being disagreeable.” As a college that encourages freedom within a framework of faith, Gordon is in a unique position to take some thoughtful risks. This kind of interfaith conversation, however, is not an attempt to gloss over our differences. Wilson notes, “Christian presuppositions are very important. We are not engaging in syncretism or homogenization of beliefs. In fact, this kind of respectful conversation can actually help us consider how to evaluate competing claims to truth, and to newly
perceive the uniqueness of Christianity by seeing it in contrast with other faiths.”
“We are not engaging in syncretism or homogenization of beliefs. In fact, this kind of respectful conversation can help us consider how to evaluate competing claims to truth.”
Coming Up During the fall semester a two-hour documentary on Christian, Jewish and Muslim interfaith conversation— currently playing on PBS stations nationwide—will be shown at A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. The documentary was produced by Auteur, the same company that produced Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith, based on Wilson’s book Our Father Abraham.
The new documentary features representatives of the three Abrahamic faith communities in conversation with each other. It also examines how people of good will in these communities are coming to terms with historical conflicts that impact their lives today. Dr. Wilson was a consultant to this groundbreaking documentary and wrote the accompanying study guide.
“‘Who is my neighbor?’ is a question we need to ask, answer and keep asking.”
Recently the documentary was viewed by 300 members of the State Department and was simultaneously piped to U.S. embassies around the world. The screening of the film at Gordon will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Gerald Krell and Meyer Odze, coproducers of the documentary. “Christians will not agree with every voice in this film,” Wilson says, “but given the realities of a post-9/11 world, it will challenge us to think in new directions.”
A panel representing the three faiths, and moderated by Dr. Wilson, will address a special convocation. This trialogue will focus on what each faith most respects and values in the other two. The panel will then meet with students and field their questions. The day will conclude with a special faculty forum—open to students and outside guests—exploring the topics of religious extremism and the path of reconciliation. Wilson says, “Every human being is created in God’s image. We need to find common ground and a familiarity with those of other faiths so we can cooperate as a human family, finding areas such as social justice projects where we can and should be working together. We have to start where the Bible starts, which is always with relationships. ‘Who is my neighbor?’ is a question we need to ask, answer and keep asking.” Wilson acknowledges that this will not be an easy undertaking. “We are going to be stretched,” he states. “We need to get out of the comfort zone of our own faith community and be stretched.”
Susannah Heschel Addresses Convocation
highlight of Symposium Week was Dr. Susannah Heschel’s convocation address “My Father Abraham: Reflections on the Life and Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel.” Heschel is Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She spoke of her father’s emphasis on “radical amazement”—our awe at life and at our utter dependence upon God. For Abraham Heschel, the Hebrew prophets were the best examples of people whose lives were driven by this “radical amazement.” Further, “to be religious is the opposite of being complacent,” he said. Heschel spoke of how Dr. Martin Luther King was influenced by her father’s belief in a God of pathos Who is with us in our immediate struggles. Both men became prophet-like voices in the United States and were among those marching for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Abraham Heschel said of this event, “It seemed my legs were praying. Political protest against injustice is a spiritual experience.”
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Beach Reading at Best? by
David Mathewson and Steven Hunt
The Da Vinci Code provides a compelling opportunity for Christians to discuss their faith with friends, family, neighbors and strangers as they join the international discussion taking place around water coolers and swimming pools this summer.
Dan Brown’s internationally bestselling book The Da Vinci Code is now a major motion picture. The subject of countless books, articles and websites supporting or refuting its claims, it has also been featured on CNN, ABC and other major TV channels. There are even European tours to locations made more famous by the novel, and Xbox produced a video game based on it. There is no disputing the fact—The Da Vinci Code is an international, cultural and religious phenomenon. Not since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ have Christians been given an opportunity to so effortlessly engage their culture on issues related to Jesus Christ, the reliability of the Gospels, and early Christianity. But if Christians desire to get involved in this ongoing conversation, they must have the courage to read the book and/or see the movie! Having done both, we can assure Christians they have nothing to fear. But there are several things we should keep in mind. First and foremost, this is a novel—a work of fiction. Despite the air of authority the novel gives its characters (Robert Langdon is a highly respected symbologist from Harvard, and Leigh Teabing is an expert on the Holy Grail), the claims of the book are not historically accurate. Though certain aspects of the story have a basis in history and geography (Da Vinci was a real person, and The Louvre is a real museum), readers should remember it is fiction—the creative work of an author. Second, while there is much to dispute regarding the claims made about Da Vinci’s art, organizations such as the Knight’s Templar, the Priory of Sion, Opus Dei, or the medieval architecture described in the book, our basic
contention with The Da Vinci Code revolves around its claims about Christianity in the first few centuries after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Historically, one important feature of the plot is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, and they produced a child and a subsequent bloodline. While we have no theological objection to the possibility that Jesus was married, or even had children, there is simply no evidence for this claim (the texts cited by Teabing are much later than our Gospels, and the quotations supporting the claim are wrenched from their contexts and distorted to fit the plot). Though perhaps not common, some rabbis in the first century remained unmarried; given the nature of Jesus’ mission, it is likely He remained single. Yet another important feature of the plot relates to the Gnostic documents, which purportedly claimed among other things that Jesus was human and that authentic Christianity contained an important counterbalancing feminine component. Supposedly these truths were lost when Christianity as we know it emerged in the 4th century and the Church suppressed the Gnostic Gospels in order to produce a divine Jesus, a second person of the Trinity. However, most of the claims about the so-called Gnostic Gospels are questionable. For example, there is no evidence these works were ever considered authoritative or on par with the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in the first few centuries of Christianity. In true conspiratorial fashion, Brown’s novel claims that in order to make Jesus divine, the Church swept away the Gnostic documents since they portrayed Him as He was—human, nothing more and nothing less—so our four Gospels simply won the
day. But just the opposite is true. It is the Gnostic works that portray Jesus as only a divine (not a human) figure, and it is our four Gospels that argue Jesus was both fully God and fully man. The further claims that the divinity of Jesus was established at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 are equally unsustainable. The New Testament presented Jesus as divine centuries before Nicea (John 1:1–18; Romans 9:5; Revelation 5:10–12); nearly all the texts of the New Testament can demonstrably be shown to have been written in the 1st century, hundreds of years before the Council of Nicea). Finally, light years away from celebrating the feminine, it is the Gnostic documents that are so clearly biased against women. Much of The Da Vinci Code’s story depends on a rewriting of Church history. According to its claims, Christianity was a diverse movement in the first few centuries—with several competing visions of Jesus (while this is somewhat true, the diversity of early Christianity is greatly overplayed in the novel). Numerous documents floating around in the first few centuries supported these visions of Jesus, all claiming authority over Christians. Supposedly it was not until the time of Constantine (the 4th century) that the form of Christianity we know took shape. Again, The Da Vinci Code simply plays loose with the facts. Granted there were all sorts of “Christian” movements in the first few centuries, but this does not mean Christianity as we know it was a result of Constantine’s effort. In fact, there were still heretical movements after Constantine’s time, and, more to the point, right from the start the New Testament authors revealed a concern to preserve the true gospel and to distinguish truth from error (John 14:25–26; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; 1 John 4:1–6). Christianity as
we know it existed at a very early date and competed with these other movements; it was not, therefore, the creation of Emperor Constantine. Armed with these cautions, this book and movie should serve as a wake-up call for Christians. We suspect many are afraid of this story because they do not know history and are unable to articulate the reasons for their faith; they are not equipped to give an answer for the hope that lies within them. The Da Vinci Code provides a compelling opportunity for Christians to discuss their faith with friends, family, neighbors and strangers as they join the international discussion taking place around water coolers and swimming pools this summer. Christians should read this book. Just remember, it’s a novel!
In their enthusiasm to debunk The Da Vinci Code, some churches may have gone overboard. In reality, they do not need to. The secular and academic communities are doing a fine job all by themselves. Art historians are irritated by the misinterpretation of Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. It is unimaginable, they say, that Da Vinci would have failed to include all 12 disciples or failed to depict John the Apostle at the side of Jesus, as John 13:23 reports. It was customary for Renaissance artists to portray the youthful John beardless, with soft features and long hair. Experts in early Gnosticism are annoyed because of the misuse of references to 2nd- and 3rd-century documents, such as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Philip. These experts insist that nowhere in the Gnostic literature—in spite of the many odd things that are found there—is it claimed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. In a report on 60 Minutes, Ed Bradley noted that The Priory of Sion, the venerable secret society that plays such a pivotal role in the book and movie, was actually
invented by a couple of shysters in 1956. So what is left for the Church to debunk? There is still something, however, of central importance to debate: Who was Jesus? What kind of man was He? Was He, in fact, the incarnate Son of God? Are the canonical Gospels reliable witnesses to Jesus’ person and work? These questions occupy The Da Vinci Code, and although its answers fail to satisfy, we may pray that the need to confront these allimportant issues will prove to be its greatest benefit.
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David Mathewson (left) and Steven Hunt are professors in Gordon’s Biblical and Theological Studies Department. They hope to host a panel discussion on The Da Vinci Code this fall, addressing several of these issues and many more from an interdisciplinary perspective. If you are interested in attending, feel free to email them directly: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
Dr. Gordon P. Hugenberger is senior minister of Park Street Church
Gordon College trustee. From his sermon “Bread of Life,” May 14, 2006.
The Part No One Sees by
Recruiting for the Fighting Scots isn’t just about finding the nation’s top Christian athletes. It’s about building relationships. This is the part no one ever sees. I get asked virtually every year what I do in the off season. I just smile and say, “Recruit.” Ask any college coach and they will tell you the most important competition of every year is not settled on a playing surface but rather on the phone and in living rooms. There is a very simple creed in the business of college coaching that states, “It is not the Xs and Os; it is the Jesses and Joes.” Talent wins. Recruiting is the lifeblood of any successful program. This is the part no one ever sees. I have made that statement numerous times during my 13-year coaching career. Usually I am driving down some semideserted highway in the snow around 1 a.m. when I mumble it to myself. Recruiting well takes time. Recruiting well means building relationships with potential student-athletes and their families. It means staying up until midnight to call the young men on the West Coast. It means driving three and a half hours each way to see every Wednesday fall league game of your top recruit. It means being there when they score their 1,000th point, play in an all-star game or make the state playoffs. It means knowing the names of both sets of grandparents and every pet. This is the part no one ever sees. Recruiting is a relationship. Recently the mother of one of our top recruits told me it feels like we have become family. She has hugged each of my three boys and even sent gifts when our third son, Caleb, was born. We have been building a relationship with another recruit for over two years. We have seen him play or practice over 40 times on his Amateur Athletic Union and high school teams. My assistant gets a kiss
on the cheek from his grandma every time she sees him. I have played video games with younger brothers and been teased about my height by older sisters. The vast majority of my time recruiting is spent talking with parents. In fact, they usually tell me their son is coming long before the young man ever makes a commitment. I know I will be close to many of these families the rest of my life and into eternity. This past season we set the school record for wins with 23 (including 18 in a row), won the regular season conference championship, and earned Gordon’s firstever bid to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division III Men’s Basketball National Tournament. We won in heart-stopping fashion in front of many members of the student body and campus community. We had three young men earn AllConference honors. More importantly, we also won the Sportsmanship Award voted on by our conference coaches. We have not only very talented basketball players on our team, but they are solid Christian young men as well. I am thankful I spent the time recruiting them. I am thankful I get to coach them. That is the part everyone sees.
Mike Schauer (above right), men’s basketball coach since 2002, was recently named Coach of the Year by the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). He joins Cory Ward, field hockey coach, and Stephen Leonard, women’s cross country coach, who both received CCC Coach of the Year awards in the fall of 2005. Schauer finished his season with a 23-5 record for 2005–2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, both in communications, from Wheaton College and Graduate School.
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Ken Olsen, Servant Leader by
Gordon College breaks ground for its new Ken Olsen Science Center, paying tribute to one of the 20th century’s leading pioneers in computer science.
Ken Olsen shares a moment in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel with Richard Gross, past president of Gordon College (left), and current president, R. Judson Carlberg (right). Top left: Ken Olsen prepares to cut the clock tower cake, a four-tier construction designed to represent the clock tower of the Digital Equipment Company headquarters in Maynard, Massachusetts.
Participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Ken Olsen Science Center are, from left: Richard Stout, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science; Payette Associates principal George Marsh; Aulikki Olsen; Ken Olsen; President R. Judson Carlberg; Board of Trustees Chair Kurt Keilhacker; Bowdoin Construction Corporation Vice President Chris Keeley; and immediate past Board Chair and Trustee Peter Bennett.
The 21-piece Compaq Big Band— originally the DEC Big Band— entertains guests on the quad.
Saturday, June 17, Gordon College broke ground for its state-of-the-art Ken Olsen Science Center as former Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) employees, friends and the Gordon community gathered to pay tribute to Ken Olsen—one of the 20th century’s leading pioneers in computer science and founder of DEC. Over 100 Gordon College faculty and staff volunteers welcomed visitors, directed parking, and led guided tours in trolleys and golf carts. “The teamwork and energy of the Gordon community were extraordinary,” says R. Judson Carlberg, president of Gordon College. “We all felt we were contributing to a special moment in Gordon’s history.” Olsen, a longtime supporter of the College, joined Gordon’s Board of Trustees in 1961. The College named the 80,000-square-foot Science Center after Olsen in recognition of his many contributions to both the students and the academic community of Gordon, including a naming gift for this building. The Ken Olsen Science Center is the College’s most ambitious building endeavor to date and will feature research and instructional space dedicated to science and technology. It will also include the Digital Equipment Corporation Loggia of Technology—a breathtaking lobby for the Science Center featuring Olsen’s personal memorabilia from Digital Equipment Corporation. The Loggia of Technology will also display many of Olsen’s and DEC’s contributions to the history of the computer industry. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, wrote in a congratulatory letter, “As an inventor, scientist and entrepreneur, Ken Olsen is one of the true pioneers of computers. He was also a major influence on my life. My interest in software was inspired by the DEC computer I first used as a 13-yearold at the Lakeside School.” Win Hindle, retired Digital senior vice president and longtime friend of Olsen, said of the Science Center project, “This is a wonderful tribute to Ken Olsen. A college he has loved and served for years, that is based
on his Christian tradition and that emphasizes science— it goes to the heart of what Ken believes in, which is excellence. I think all the Digital employees who are here would agree that Ken hasn’t been honored enough in the world.” The tribute began with a service in A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel—the pews filled with former DEC employees, technology and business leaders, and computer innovators. “Gordon College is deeply grateful Ken Olsen has allowed us to have this day of festivities in his honor,” said President Carlberg. “Ken has deliberately avoided the spotlight and recognition for his contributions to others. I firmly believe his commitment to servant leadership is the reason there has been no end to what he has accomplished and continues to accomplish through projects such as the Ken Olsen Science Center.” Dr. Armand Nicholi, author and professor at Harvard Medical School, Gordon trustee emeritus and spiritual advisor to Olsen, praised Olsen’s “quantitatively gifted mind” as well as the simplicity of spirit expressed in the décor of his office: “No carpet, only linoleum. He also drove a small, inexpensive car and had no designated parking spot.” Mr. Bob Nadeau, chairman of the Town of Maynard, Massachusetts, presented a commendation from the town, setting aside June 17 as Ken Olsen Day in recognition of the contributions Olsen and Digital Equipment Corporation brought to the community during the company’s tenure at the “Old Mill” location in Maynard. Also speaking was Mr. Robert Everett, former president of MITRE Corporation, who worked with Olsen on first-generation computer technology during their early days at MIT. President Carlberg read greetings from Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healy. A DVD presentation, A Salute to Ken Olsen, highlighted Olsen’s outstanding personal qualities as well as his prominence as an inventor, scientist and
Visitors disembark from trolley cars on their way to the registration tent.
Hundreds of DEC guests and Gordon faculty, staff and friends mingle on the quad at a reception following the ceremonial groundbreaking.
entrepreneur. Former employees and industry colleagues spoke of Ken’s profound love for people, a love rooted in a deep desire to empower others and to give them the freedom to take risks and to dream big. “Ken gave us the liberty to think,” said Jack Richardson, Digital leader from Canada. Olsen says of his own leadership style that his great delight was to “encourage others, lead others, help others, facilitate others in order that they would be the inventors, the builders, the engineers, and that they would know the fun and the excitement, the thrill of building things and doing things that no one else has done before. This is indeed even more satisfying than doing it myself.” Employees spoke frequently of the unique “DEC culture.” According to Win Hindle, “It wasn’t that the products weren’t important—or the software, or the customers—but what differentiated us from other companies was the culture that was generated within the firm. And that culture was largely generated by Ken Olsen. People loved working in an environment where they had freedom, and where merit counted more than politics.” Rose Ann Giordano, former Digital vice president, concurred: “The culture of DEC was unique, especially for its time. It was a culture that fostered individual innovation. It gave people an opportunity to grow, to make mistakes, and to learn from those mistakes.” “It really was a most unusual company,” said Peter Koch, president of the Digital Alumni Association. “Ken engendered a tremendous culture of people stepping up to the plate and coming forth with new ideas. People talk about how they’ve never been in another organization that was like Digital, and that’s unfortunate. The values Ken espoused and lived are so important: ethics, integrity, ‘Do what you say you’re going to do.’ Ken was the driver; he was really the model for that everywhere in the company, and everybody knew it.” A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Science Center took place following the tribute. Participating were Ken Olsen and his wife, Aulikki; President Carlberg; Board of Trustees Chair Kurt Keilhacker and immediate past Board Chair and Trustee Peter Bennett; Payette Associates principal George Marsh; Bowdoin Construction Corporation vice president Chris Keeley; and Richard
Dr. Richard Stout, chair of the Division of Natural Guests enjoy a buffet luncheon on the quad. Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, expresses appreciation for a science building that will expand opportunities22 for Gordon students and provide a home Gordon College Stillpoint Summer 2006 for the sciences at Gordon.
Stout, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science. Construction is expected to take 18 months. Groundbreaking was followed by cutting of the commemorative Digital clock tower cake, a four-tier construction designed to represent the clock tower of the DEC company headquarters in Maynard. The 21-piece Compaq Big Band—originally the DEC Big Band— donated a performance for the reception, which took place on the quad. The Ken Olsen Science Center is central to the College’s Heart of Discovery campaign—a $30 million campaign to provide a state-of-the-art science center to educate the next generation of Christians for the challenges of science and technology discovery at Gordon College. Ken Olsen has always been “fascinated by the ways in which Christianity and science are alike—they’re both basically a search for truth.” “Perhaps no other group has anticipated this day more than the science and mathematics faculty of the College,” said President Carlberg. “After years of ingenious improvisations to ensure their students have a first-rate education, they now will have the facility and equipment they need. This new facility will also be vital to recruiting new students in the sciences.” Dr. Craig Story, biology professor, says, “Building the Science Center is absolutely critical to Gordon’s future competitiveness in the market of education. I’m so thankful people have seen the vision of what Gordon can be in terms of the sciences.” Retired biology professor Dr. Richard Wright predicts “an explosion of opportunities for students to do research because of the tremendous expansion of space. I’m very grateful there are people who are able to make a real difference in the lives of students, and in the whole College, by their giving.” And Sarah Childs, chemistry major, says the project “shows the Gordon science program is worth investing in. It’s strong and the students are dedicated.”
For information on the Ken Olsen Science Center, or to contribute to the Heart of Discovery campaign, contact Dan Tymann, Gordon’s vice president for the advancement of science and technology, or Bob Grinnell, vice president for development, at 978.867.4232.
Crowds pour from the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel following the Salute to Ken Olsen presentation.
Raves and No Rebuffs
Bryan Parys ’04
Pat McKay retires as Stillpoint editor after 12 years of leading the award-winning publication of Gordon College. Pat McKay ’65 For nearly a dozen years this byline has been a fixture in Stillpoint. Over and over we have witnessed Pat—red pen in hand, eagle eyes poised and ready—take a disorganized stack of papers and singlehandedly (her right hand, to be exact) transform it into a cohesive publication that represents the pulse of a college and its heritage. Many amazing stories, stories that needed to be told, have inked the pages of Stillpoint over the years, and many people have been changed and encouraged by these stories. Long hours, multiple changes of scenery, shifts in coworkers—Pat has been there and seen it all. During the production of each issue, it seemed impossible to arrive on campus before Pat was already hard at work, not to mention still typing away as her colleagues started their cars to head home. She has been more than Stillpoint’s editor; she has been the steady heartbeat that pumps life into its paragraphs. Pat, who will continue her work at Gordon parttime as publications editor, says, “I have loved Gordon since 1961 when I moved into Byington Hall as a timid freshman; and I loved representing my school to Stillpoint readers. I thank my God for the incredible opportunity to serve Him in this way. And I thank Gordon for so much that has enriched my life—my education, my husband and family, my career and so much more.” The magazine’s title is taken from T. S. Eliot’s poem Four Quartets, which states that God is “the still point of the turning world.” Pat McKay has surely kept God as
her still point, and through Him she has become the still point of these turning pages. New editor Patricia Hanlon says, “Pat will be a tough act to follow, but I’m grateful she will continue to be part of our Communications Department team.” Patty is no stranger to Gordon. She is married to Robert Hanlon, Class of 1977, and taught Writing and Rhetoric in the early 1990s. The Hanlons live in nearby Essex, where they own and operate a custom furniture business that has employed many Gordon alumni over the years.
Pat McKay’s retirement as editor of Stillpoint was marked by a standingroom-only reception in the Coy Pond Room. During her editorship, Stillpoint has received several awards of excellence from the Evangelical Press Association (see On & Off Campus, page 2). Below, Communications Department colleague and web editor Bryan Parys ’04 reads his tribute to Pat.
letters to the editor . . . A s a former faculty member, I read with interest Debra Rienstra’s article “Changing the World While Changing Diapers” (Spring 2006). I would make three points in response. 1. “We also know behaviors are learned” (her emphasis). But are things really that simple? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that while facts are learned, behaviors (though they may indeed be imitated) nevertheless involve choices and decisions? It is such exercise of free will that makes us distinctively human. 2. Professor Rienstra denies essentialism: “The idea that women are essentially one way and men are essentially another.” That “men want to conquer and provide and run with the wolves, and women want to be rescued and cared for and nurture babies.” To which I’d respond that roles can admittedly become stereotypes. They do so when viewed as rigid, mutually exclusive categories rather than as points on a continuum. 3. Men and women are, indeed, spiritually equal. The problem is that Christianity is not a “spiritual” religion, i.e., not in the sense of platonic-spiritual. It is a physical, sacramental, incarnational religion. It worships a God who became a fetus and indwelt the womb of a virgin. Hence it ascribes meaning and significance to things material. Which includes our bodies. Which, in turn, includes that which differentiates us as male and female. Finally, as St. Paul says, we all see through a glass darkly. To change the metaphor, we all see gender roles through “lenses” (cultural or personal). And, to some extent, all lenses distort. It’s one thing to acknowledge this. But it’s quite another thing to say there’s nothing there to be seen in the first place. —John Harutunian, former Gordon music faculty
I was shocked by the photo of the totally irreverent “art” on the events page of the Spring 2006 issue of Stillpoint. I would like an explanation. —Ruth C. Hannay ’73 Editor’s note: The image in question (St. Flan by Tyrus Clutter) was one of an exhibit of assemblages depicting Christian martyrs and other heroes of the faith. One of the purposes of the College magazine is to reflect as accurately as possible the life of the College, including its art exhibits and other cultural events. It has been the practice of the College Art Department to work respectfully with the human figure, attempting to bring honor and glory to God in the process. We base this, in a Christian context, on the time-honored professional practice that holds to the belief that the human form is the crowning achievement of God in Creation. In our Western tradition the human form is seen as the linchpin of visual art. Some of the questions the Gordon community has posed for itself in coming to a thoughtful policy on the use of the nude in art: • Are there acceptable and unacceptable ways of employing the nude human form in art? • What are the distinctions between nude and nakedness? Is it important to make these distinctions? • How can we use Scripture to guide us in pursuing artistic and scientific practices that are not specifically mentioned or governed by God’s laws? In this column our readers can respond to articles in Stillpoint or voice thoughts about Gordon in general. Reserving the right to edit for space, we will attempt to publish a balance of positive and negative comments. We hope to hear from you. Write to Editor: Stillpoint, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous letters will not be published. If you do not wish to have excerpts of your correspondence published, please note that. Letters written to individuals other than the editor are forwarded to those persons whenever possible.
Gordon College Is Returning to the Holy Land Gordon College will conduct its 15th Holy Land Pilgrimage March 4–16, 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Roger J. Green, professor and chair of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department at Gordon, and his wife, Karen. The cost of the tour is $3,290 per person, double occupancy. This amount includes airfare, hotels, travel insurance, group land travel, breakfasts, dinners, tips and special evening programs. The supplementary cost for a single room is $530. Six people have already signed up for this pilgrimage, and so we have only 34 spaces left. For more detailed information visit the website www.gordon.edu/alumni/holyland.htm.
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Events Calendar September July– Art Exhibit—The Next Generation: Contemporary Oct. 14 Expressions of Faith, sponsored by Gordon College, CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), and MoBiA (Museum of Biblical Art); BCA Gallery
15 Thompson Chamber Music Series: Michael Zaretsky, violin, and Alina Polyakov, piano; 8 p.m., PRH
October 21– Art Exhibit: Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the 12/15 Virgin Mary; reception Dec. 1, 4–6 p.m, BCA
6–7 Homecoming and Family Weekend
7 Jazz Ensemble; 4:30 p.m., PMC courtyard (PRC if rain)
7 Gordon College Choir and Symphony Orchestra; 7 p.m., GC
9 Gordon Experience Day
7–31 History Alive!—Cry Innocent: The People versus Bridget Bishop by Mark Stevick, interactive play based on court transcripts and historical records of witch trials; Old Town Hall, Salem, Massachusetts. Check with box office for daily show times (978.867.4747 or www.cryinnocent.com).
28 Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band; 7 p.m., GC
5 Gordon Symphony Orchestra; 3 p.m., GC
10–11, Theatre—Growing Up Christian: Toward the Future? 14–18 From the Past? An ensemble-created theatrical devising about growing up Christian in late 20th-, early 21st-century U.S.A., directed by Jeffrey S. Miller; show times available at www.gordon.edu/arts_music/theatre.html, BCA
13 Gordon Experience Day
16 Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m., PRH
17 Thompson Chamber Music Series: Mistral, chamber works from the 18th century through the present, with Artist-in-Residence Mia Chung, piano; 8 p.m., PRH
18 Thanksgiving Festival featuring the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Chorale; 7 p.m., GC
1 Christmas Gala; 8 p.m., GC
2 Christmas Gala; 7 p.m., GC
3 Christmas Gala, snow date; 4 p.m., GC
4 Gordon Experience Day
11 Chamber Music Gala; 8 p.m., PRH
For tickets for music and theatre events call 978.867.3400 or go to www.gordon.edu. Music events are held in Phillips Recital Hall (PRH), located in Phillips Music Center (PMC) or in A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel (GC). Art exhibits and theatre productions are in the Barrington Center for the Arts (BCA). Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Go to www.gordon.edu/arts_ music/gallery.htm for updated gallery information; to www.gordon.edu/music/ for updated music events; to www.gordon.edu/arts_music/theatre.html for updated theatre performances.
Spring 2006 Senior Thesis artwork. Top to bottom: Tabularasa, Ashley Denyse, 2006, screen-printed and reinvented apparel; 7:00 p.m., Esther Heijin Kim, 2006, oil on canvas, 5" x 5"; The Lover's Resolution (Egli vedi ch'io piango), Grant Hanna, 2006, gouache, graphite and silver leaf on paper, 11" x 15"; Helen Steggal, Helen Bess, 2006, oil on canvas, 25" x 40"; Most-Holy Theotokos of Vladimir, Evan J. Freeman, 2006, egg tempera on wood, 11" x 7.5".
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