The Walla Walla University School of Theology had the privilege of hosting the 45th session of the West Coast Religion Teachers Conference April 7 to 9. More than 20 religion faculty from Loma Linda University, La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and Burman University met to share in fellowship and worship and to engage in academic dialogue on topics relevant to religion teaching and church life.
Among faculty present were a few pioneers of the WCRTC: John Brunt, Larry Herr, Alden Thompson, and Jon Dybdahl. Other attendees were new to the teaching of religion, such as Jody Washburn from WWU and Whitny Braun and Zane Yi from Loma Linda University. Presentations for the weekend on a variety of topics were given by Paul Dybdahl, Jody Washburn, and Dave Thomas from WWU; Jon Paulien, Whitny Braun, and Zane Yi from LLU; and Bruce Boyd and Kevin Burrell from Burman University.
WWU President John McVay gave the Sabbath sermon for the group's worship service in Village Hall. McVay and his wife, Pam, also hosted a reception on Sabbath evening. Pam McVay, with the help of Heather Huether, showed wonderful hospitality to the attendees through meals, music, and beautiful decor. One attendee from Southern California commented that this was his first visit to Walla Walla, and he was immediately impressed with the warmth and friendliness on the WWU campus.
The WCRTC is an opportunity for meaningful dialogue and a time to encourage camaraderie among those who teach religion in higher education. It is also an opportunity to consider the salvific consequences of this teaching and to support each other in the growth of Christ in the lives of students, within other institutions, and through the wider influence of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Posted June 27, 2017