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Javier Garcia: ‘A Face that Radiated Light’

Friends, It has been a heartbreaking weekend. Ruth and I spent the week working from our home in Grants Pass. We were traveling back to Newberg on Saturday so that we could be home for Father’s Day. Driving through the mountains near Canyonville … Continue reading

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Why I Believe Taking the COVID-19 Vaccine is the Right Thing to do

A reminder of how vaccines changed our world for the better … I’ve frequently been asked if George Fox University will require the COVID-19 vaccine. Some of our peer institutions are “requiring” the vaccine with generous opt outs for medical, … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Remembering the First Civil Rights Bill and First Black U.S. Representative

It is December of 1873 and the honorable representative, Joseph H. Rainey, a Republican from South Carolina, rose in the House of Representatives’ chamber in Washington to speak in favor of what came to be known as the Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Just before the pandemic began, Ruth and I were invited to worship at T. D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House, near Dallas, Texas. Our seminary was in the midst of partnership discussions and wanted us to experience the worship led … Continue reading

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Reflections on the First Week of 2021

I think most of us hoped that the beginning of 2021 would bring a new start for our country and community. Unfortunately, as you saw this past week, it did not. On Wednesday afternoon of this past week, I was … Continue reading

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The Potter

Chapel has been a consistent part of the mission of George Fox since our inception as a college in 1891. We have always been committed to the importance of coming together in worship of our Lord. Over that time, you … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and Service

The pandemic has given me a lot of opportunities to read. Most of my planned trips have turned into “Zooms,” as they are called, and I have stayed in Oregon for most of the last six months. I am still … Continue reading

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Crossing Boundaries

Race and ethnic differences have plagued human relationships for thousands of years, and it feels like no time has been more divisive than the past few months. Race divides our culture in housing, religious association, and community and social gatherings. … Continue reading

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The Power of Silence

It was 1974, my junior year of high school. My father, a long-time basketball coach, got one of the prized coaching jobs in the state at Flagstaff High School. We moved from Mayer, one of the smaller towns in Central … Continue reading

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A renewed call for justice and reconciliation

It has been a difficult spring for our culture. COVID-19 has reshaped our lives and disproportionately affected our communities of color. In the midst of this pandemic, African-Americans have died tragically and senselessly. Most recently, George Floyd had his life … Continue reading

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