April 26-27: Gutenberg Preview Days

Preview Days

Gutenberg College is a place for students who want to think deeply, learn in community, and grow in faith and character. On April 26-27, Gutenberg will open its doors to high school students and transfer students who are considering Gutenberg’s bachelor’s degree program in liberal arts.

At Preview Days, you will meet tutors who have devoted their lives to learning and helping others learn, discuss works by the greatest thinkers the world has ever known, fellowship with a community of people just like you, and learn how you can become a Gutenberg student. Join us for Preview Days to discover if Gutenberg is the college for you!

Cost: FREE

There is no charge to attend Preview Days, but participants must register to attend.

Register Here

Preview Days is a supervised overnight experience for visiting students. (We’ll let you know what you’ll need to bring for the overnight once you register). For family and friends traveling with visiting students, start here to plan your trip to Eugene.


Preview Days Schedule


Friday, April 26


  • 8:00 a.m. – Gutenberg’s doors open for check-in
  • 8:30 a.m. – Preview Days events begin
  • Parent/Family info session


  • Lunch at Gutenberg (provided)
  • Visiting students observe Gutenberg classes


  • 6:00 p.m. – House dinner at Gutenberg
  • Visiting students stay overnight at Gutenberg College


Saturday, April 27


  • Breakfast at Gutenberg (provided)
  • Discussion with Gutenberg Alumni
  • 12:00 p.m. – Adjourn

Have questions about Preview Days or Gutenberg College? Contact our office.

Winter Community Classes

Winter Community Classes begin Wednesday, January 9. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. These classes are recorded and available for later viewing by signing up through Gutenberg’s Patreon page.

This quarter’s topic: “Christianity and Literature: Truth and Story.”

In this second installment of our series on the intersections of Christianity and other lines of thought, we consider the place of literature in the life of a truth-seeking Christian. What should we make of the fact that the Bible is written largely in the form of a narrative? Can an understanding of literature make us better hearers and doers of the Word? Are truth and fiction fundamentally opposed? This quarter Gutenberg is hosting a series of talks and discussions to delve into these questions. We invite you to join us.

Cynthia SwansonFebruary 20: “Fantastical Worlds and How to Mine Them”
What do we find when we “dig in deep,” investing ourselves in imaginary worlds? Can stories teach us the right way to live? The Inklings certainly thought so. We will examine the fiction of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and JK Rowling with an eye to discovering how stories persuade us of the value of right living.

Cynthia Swanson, is an award-winning author of Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy, writing as Cidney Swanson. Saving Mars was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 and was an honor book for the SCBWI Spark Award 2014. A confessed Star Trek and Shakespeare geek, Cynthia writes full time in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1994, she has also taught a few times a year at Gutenberg where they don’t cover Star Trek but do study Shakespeare.

Winter Schedule

JAN 9 Ron Julian “The Voices of the Bible: Some Literary Aspects of Biblical Revelation”
JAN 16 Ryan Carroll “Literary Art? The Bible as (hi)Story”
JAN 23 Gil Greco “Becoming a Thousand Men: A Critique of Archetypal Interpretation”
JAN 30 Tim McIntosh “The Hard Work of Having a Hero:
Models in Christian Literature”
FEB 6 Nancy Scott
“The Power of Stories: The Novel and Truth”
FEB 13 Class Canceled
FEB 20 Cindy Swanson “Fantastical Worlds and How to Mine Them”
FEB 27 Shaynor Newsome
“Performing the Text: Ministry as Invitation into God’s Story of the World”
MAR 6 James Watson “Literature, Incarnation, and the Metaphysics of Presence”
MAR 13 Chris Alderman “Poetry and the Measure of Doubt”


At Gutenberg, we hold two simultaneous convictions about truth seeking. First, freedom of inquiry is critical, and second, an authentic pursuit will lead toward God and Truth. In keeping with these convictions, community classes are intended to be a forum for exploration. They may or may not represent the beliefs and positions of Gutenberg College but are designed to explore topics of significance for our lives.

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Market of ChoiceFor example, if you shop at Market of Choice, the store will donate two to four percent of the amount you spend on your monthly purchases. The larger your grocery bill, the higher the percentage the store will donate.

For more information and to participate, go to, where you can register to participate in eScrip by selecting the “Sign Up!” button. The website will take you through a few simple steps to register. When you are asked to “Select your school or nonprofit,” simply type “Gutenberg College.”

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Ron Julian’s “Righteous Sinners” Available as E-book

RS_Final“This book was born twenty-five years ago on a very bad night. As a young Christian (I converted at nineteen) I struggled greatly with the sin that was all too noticeable in my life. Some of my teachers at the time believed in the “victorious Christian life” theology. Victory over sin was mine, they taught, if I would just walk by the Spirit, if I would just “let go and let God.” I tried, with all the faith I could muster, to do just that. It didn’t seem to work. However I tried to “let go,” I found myself just as much a prisoner of selfishness and lust as I was before. One night—the bad night—I confessed this frankly to one of our leaders and asked for help. His answer changed my life.”

Thus begins the introduction to Righteous Sinners by Gutenberg tutor Ron Julian. Originally published in 1998 by NavPress, Righteous Sinners is available as an e-book from Gutenberg College Press at

J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College,  commends the book: “Biblically exact and pastorally profound, this book is a gem!”

Paperback copies of the original book are also available from Gutenberg College.


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