Announcing the Inaugural Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Fuller Theological Seminary

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Announcing the Inaugural Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Fuller Theological Seminary

PASADENA, Calif., September 27, 2016—The Frederick Buechner Center and Fuller Theological Seminary are pleased to announce the inaugural Frederick Buechner Writer’s Workshop at Fuller Seminary. Slated for September 12-15, 2017, best-selling authors Rachel Held Evans and John Ortberg will headline the event. Registration information is forthcoming and will be available on the Fuller Seminary website.

“Fuller Seminary has always been committed to nurturing writers who can guide us on the very dramatic journey toward knowing God. We are honored and excited to partner with the Frederick Buechner Center to launch this new initiative,” said Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary.

“This event is designed to appeal to writers who, like Buechner, think honestly about their Christian faith and are not afraid of where that thinking will take them,” said Brian Allain, Director of the Frederick Buechner Center. “We are honored to have Rachel and John as our featured speakers for the event.”

Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author whose books include Faith Unraveled, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Searching for Sunday. Hailing from Dayton, Tennessee, she writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Rachel has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Christianity Today, Slate, The Huffington Post, The CNN Belief Blog, and on NPR, The BBC, The Today Show, and The View. She maintains a busy schedule speaking at churches, conferences, and colleges and universities around the country.

John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California. John’s teaching centers on how faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Know Doubt, The Me I Want To Be, and most recently, What is God’s Will for My Life?. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church.

“Frederick Buechner’s writings have been a beacon of integration of faith, poetry, and prose as a distinct voice in the American letters. Fuller Seminary has always been committed to nurturing writers of authenticity. We are honored and excited to partner with the Frederick Buechner Center to launch this new initiative,” said Mako Fujimura, world-renowned painter, author, and director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts.

“We’re assembling a fantastic faculty lineup that will include notable published authors, editors who acquire manuscripts for their companies, and literary agents. By holding the event at Fuller, our hope is to inspire and encourage persons in various forms of Christian ministry to expand their influence through the written word,” said Allain.

For more information about the writer’s workshop, contact Brian Allain at [email protected], or Victoria Smith at [email protected].

About the Frederick Buechner Center

The Frederick Buechner Center ( was established to share the works of Christian author Frederick Buechner with communities around the world. All after-tax net profits of the Frederick Buechner Center web site are donated for educational and charitable purposes, including the Home of Little Wanderers, the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, the Vermont Foodbank, the Salvation Army, and ChildFund.

About Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Seminary, the largest multi-denominational seminary in the world, provides professional, graduate-level education through its schools of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. With its main campus near Old Town Pasadena, California and several regional campuses and online programs, Fuller serves 4,000 students from 90 countries and 110 denominations, offering five programs fuller in the Korean language and four in Spanish. The seminary’s 43,000 living alumni, the largest alumni base of any seminary, serve throughout the world as ministers, nonprofit organization and corporate leaders, therapists, counselors, teachers, and in many other vocations of service and leadership. For more information:

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