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  • Weekly Touch (May 22, 2020)

    May 22, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch


    Now more than ever, it’s time to come together and rise to the challenges before us.

    Last fall, when the ABSW Leadership Team brainstormed over the theme for the new school year, we chose “ABSW Together!” The theme for the year was selected with no foresight of a COVID-19 pandemic. We had no idea that the world would be challenged with a virus that would force us to shelter in place and demand a new normal. Despite the lack of knowledge of the coming shelter-in-place orders and the pandemic, ABSW Together! is more relevant than we could have ever imagined. The worldwide slogan “We’re in this together” is consistent with ABSW promoting togetherness in times like these.

    One way of promoting togetherness is by showing brotherly and sisterly love in multiple ways. As a country, we are encouraged to wear masks, gloves, and PPE gear to protect ourselves and others. We are also encouraged not to hoard common supplies that everyone needs, like hand sanitizer, tissue, and meats. Togetherness is also promoted by adhering to the government mandates to practice social distancing, shelter in place, and refrain from visiting public parks and beaches.

    In the spirit of togetherness, ABSW is instituting the ABSW Together! Giving Challenge. The ABSW Together! Giving Challenge will assist the seminary to continue to produce a quality education by providing scholarships to students, and assist with the ongoing operations of the seminary, especially during this season of COVID-19 uncertainty.

    The ABSW Together! Giving Challenge is scheduled to begin June 1 and conclude on June 30, 2020. The seminary is challenging various groups to meet the goal of raising $100,000 by June 30, 2020. The challenge is for all of us: the board of trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, ABC churches/pastors, and friends of the seminary. Each group will be challenged to raise a specific amount that will push us to reach the $100,000 goal. No one will carry the burden of reaching the goal alone. Instead, the constituents making up ABSW Together! will strive collectively to reach the goal.

    Mailings will be sent in early June asking each constituent group to accept the challenge by assisting ABSW in reaching their goal together. You’ve been challenged! I pray that the challenge will be accepted!

    Sincerely,

    Lori D. Spears, DMin, EdD
    Vice President of Institutional Advancement


    Are you interested in a represenative from ABSW preaching or presenting at your church?


    Rev. Dr. James E. Brenneman, President
    Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
    Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
    Rev. Niger Woodruff, Director of Admissions


    Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@absw.edu

    2606 Dwight Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
    admissions@absw.edu | www.absw.edu





  • Weekly Touch (May 15, 2020)

    May 15, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch




    We are quickly approaching the close of spring semester 2020, which means we should be in the throes of planning graduation. However, due to the Covid-19 mandate to “shelter in place”, we will not be able to hold graduation ceremonies on the third Saturday of May as has been our tradition. Instead, we are planning a special combined graduation and convocation on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Please mark that date on your calendars.

    Even though the actual ceremony has been postponed, we do want to congratulate the Graduation Class of 2020. This year’s graduation class is small— no more than eight people—but mighty.



    On behalf of myself and the Board of Trustees I offer heartfelt congratulations to the class of 2020.

    I have a morning practice that begins with prayer and devotional time spent with Our Daily Bread. The practice just seems to set my day right before “life” intervenes. I have been thinking about ABSW and what to say to this fine graduating class for several days. Two interesting things occurred. First the focus of this morning’s devotion was Psalm 67:1,2. Secondly, when I went to the passage in my study Bible I found that I had highlighted those two verses and put ABSW beside it, at some point in time.




    Are you interested in a representative from ABSW preaching or presenting at your church?


    REV. Dr. James Brenneman, President
    Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
    Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
    Rev. Niger Woodruff, Director of Admissions


    Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@absw.edu

    2606 Dwight Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
    admissions@absw.edu | www.absw.edu

  • Weekly Touch (May 08, 2020)

    May 8, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch




    Letter to ABSW Students

    At the End of the Semester

    by President Jim Brenneman

    May 8, 2020

    Dear ABSW Students,

    Greetings to you, my beloved students and soon-to-be graduates.

    You are at that peculiar time of the semester when the 2P’s of life are in mortal combat: Procrastination and Perseverance. For some of you, the outcome of this battle means the difference between graduating on time or not! The stakes are high.

    I would encourage you to listen to the TEDTalk by Tim Urban in which he takes you inside the mind of a super procrastinator. I, for one, am writing to say to you, “You can do this!” Likewise, the Apostle Paul gives words of encouragement in his letter to the Romans (12:9-13): “to hold fast, be ardent, be patient, and persevere!” Or, as President Roosevelt once said at the height of WWII, “Tie a knot to the end of the rope and hold on.” Whatever you do: Hold on! Don’t quit!




    Are you interested in a represenative from ABSW preaching or presenting at your church?


    Rev. Dr. James E. Brenneman, President
    Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
    Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, VP of Academics & Professor
    Rev. Niger Woodruff, Director of Admissions


    Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@absw.edu

    2606 Dwight Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
    admissions@absw.edu | www.absw.edu

  • Weekly Touch (May 01, 2020)

    May 1, 2020 ~ Weekly Touch

     

    Faith and globalization in the midst of a pandemic

    Two-part Summer Course series
    (5 weeks each)

    Auditors Welcome

    Part I:

    What did we Know? What were we Told?:
    Theological and Ethical Responses to COVID 19

    (June 1-July 3, 2020)

    James Grandison,
    Visiting Professor of Ethics and Theology, ABSW

    What is happening on earth as our world community faces a global pandemic? As scientists, policymakers and citizens consider how to respond to the effects of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on our health, safety and lives, we will consider how to develop theological and ethical responses to this public health, economic and spiritual crisis, based upon facts found by health experts. This unprecedented crisis has challenged both our beliefs-based upon faith and values-and political and cultural interests. We will review the recent historical timeline of the scientific awareness of this epidemic, political responses and development of U.S. governmental policy that have shaped the official public response to this ordeal. This course (1.5 units) will be taught as a hybrid course (combination Zoom meetings and Moodle online work) from June 1 to July 3, 2020. Zoom class sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30pm throughout the five-week period (June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30).

    Part II:

    Is a Pandemic Apocalyptic?: Biblical and Theological Reflections on COVID 19

    (July 6-August 7, 2020)

    LeAnn Snow Flesher,
    VP of Academics & Professor of Biblical Interpretation, ABSW

    Popular responses to devastating crises like the COVID 19 pandemic often make claims of God’s judgment at work or of a biblical apocalyptic end to the world as we know it. In this five-week course, we will survey the roots of biblical apocalyptic literature, review & critique some of the most prominent popular theological responses to the pandemic and create our own theological reflections. While this course (1.5 units) builds off of information learned in part 1 of this two-part series, it does not require attendance in part 1. This course will be taught in a hybrid fashion (Zoom meetings and Moodle online work) from July 6 to August 7, 2020. The Zoom class sessions will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm for five weeks (July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4).


    Are you interested in a representative from ABSW preaching or presenting at your church?


    Dr. James E. Brenneman, President
    Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears, VP of Institutional Advancement
    Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher, Academic Dean and VP
    Mr. Niger Woodruff, Director of Admissions


    Contact us at 510-841-1905 ext 239 or email us at lspears@absw.edu

    2606 Dwight Way | Berkeley, CA 94704
    admissions@absw.edu | www.absw.edu