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Events this Week

Monday, July 14th

John McKeeth - Christian Service, Development, and TWU Science in Honduras

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Room 41, Neufeld Science Centre

John and Nancy McKeeth have been missionaries in Central America for well over 30 years, and have numerous contacts throughout the country of Honduras and the region of Central America. Within the last few years the need for addressing poverty in Honduras, through helping people find new sources of income using local resources, has become a major focus in addition to their normal ministry of pastoral and church education. Paul Brown (science) and Sung Min Yoo (business) of TWU have become involved in this project, exploring the uses of plants that may provide marketable products. John will speak about the projects being developed, cooperation with the National University of Honduras and Zamorano University in Honduras, the church in Honduras, and what he sees as opportunities for involvement of TWU faculty and students in areas of social impact, development, business, education, and science. His desire is to move beyond simple economic aid, and rather to come alongside by providing crucial points of help or creating outlets for people to develop resources that are locally available.

For more information contact Paul Brown at

Monday, July 14th - Friday, August 22nd

Right of Passage Exhibition

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: President’s Gallery, 2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre

The work of our graduating SAMC Art + Design students is now on exhibit in the President’s Gallery.  Explore mixed media pieces by Olivia de Fleuriot de la Coliniere, Emily Garrison, Diana Hiebert, Amy Robinson, and Tara Spencer, as seen in the Langley Centennial Museum’s recent Menagerie exhibition.

For more information contact Diana Squires at

Coming Events in July

Monday, July 21st

2014 Leadership Forum
Dave Phillips and Canon Melissa Skelton - Mindful Leadership

Time: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
Location: Auditorium, Northwest Building
Cost: $60
Registration: Click here to register

Trinity Western University’s Master of Arts in Leadership (MA Lead) program is hosting its third annual Leadership Forum.

“This event is geared toward those in leadership and leadership support roles,” said event coordinator Janice Nikkel (MA Lead ’08), who serves as Parent Engagement Officer at TWU. “It’s a learning and networking event, which brings people from a variety of fields together, to be encouraged in their roles.”

The Leadership Forum, which is open to the public, responds to the fundamental changes today’s leaders face. The one-day event features keynote speaker Dave Phillips—a noted executive mentor, professional speaker, and two-time Guinness World Record holder—as well as several MA Lead alumni speakers.

“No matter what level of leadership one holds, professional development is crucial for helping leaders stay on top of their game,” said Nikkel. “This Forum is designed for those currently in leadership positions—and those wanting to grow in their roles—in a variety of fields, including health care, education, business, and non-profit.”

TWU’s MA in Leadership and the MA in Educational Leadership degrees offer two foundational curriculum themes: Transformational Servant Leadership and Values Based Leadership. The MA Lead degree programs are designed to develop emerging leaders in five areas of specialization (business, Christian ministry, education, health, and non-profit).

In addition to this annual Forum, the Mandarin-language MA in Leadership (Business Stream) hosts their annual Leadership Forum in November in China.

For more information contact Janice Nikkel at

Find out more about the program, visit

Wednesday, July 23rd

Thesis Defence - Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis
Ben Wukasch - "Centered Fuller Communication: Sensus Plenior, Relevance Theory, and a Balanced Hermeneutic”

Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: Room 208, CanIL Harvest Centre

Abstract: This thesis will suggest a centered approach to biblical hermeneutics, proposing a balance in the function of the hemispheres of the human mind, left and right. It will examine how ‘ordinary readers’ are doing hermeneutics both in Africa and the West, and join these contributions to the insights of scholars who use the historical-grammatical hermeneutic, and laypeople (ordinary readers) using a personal-devotional hermeneutic. The insights of Gadamer will be employed on the topic of horizons of authors and readers. The interpretive practices of ordinary readers will be justified through the theological concept of sensus plenior, and the communication that takes between God and people through Scripture will be analyzed in the framework of a linguistic theory of communication, Relevance Theory. Relevance Theory will explain why ordinary readers continue to interpret in a personal-devotional way. After proposing a balanced hermeneutic, constraints are proposed for its outworking. The significance of this thesis for the church and for Bible translation will also be discussed.


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