Gutenberg Preview Days March 9-10

GC ClassGutenberg Preview Days on Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th is an event filled with information for students and parents about student life, academics, admissions, and financial aid. Gutenberg Preview Days is designed not only to give you a campus tour but also to immerse you in the Gutenberg experience for a full day and a half. Join us for Gutenberg Preview Days to discover if Gutenberg is the college for you.

This event is for individuals who are currently high school or transfer students who are considering applying to Gutenberg College for a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. There is a $15 registration fee, which includes lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

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On Friday March 9th, Gutenberg’s door opens at 8:00 a.m., and the event begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The morning will be filled with introductory sessions modeled after Gutenberg’s discussion-centered curriculum. The afternoon will bring an opportunity to observe discussions in session—either Western Civilization or Great Conversation—you choose. Enjoy meals together with current students, and stay overnight in the Gutenberg residence.

On Friday evening, join us for the Student Art Show and Open Mic. Bring your instrument! Saturday will bring an opportunity for small-group discussions with local Gutenberg alumni. Lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday will provide time for more conversation.

Eliot GrassoYou will have the chance to discover first-hand the faculty, financial aid process, and housing options Gutenberg has to offer. Parents are invited to attend a separate meeting for their questions, hosted by Gutenberg parents and Gutenberg’s Admissions Director, Dr. Eliot Grasso.

Winter Quarter Community Classes & Book Discussion

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The Community Classes below begin Wednesday January 10. The classes are free and meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The book discussion below is also free and will meet at Gutenberg College from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please join us.

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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January 10, 17 & 24 • Larry Barber: “Learning from Conflict”

Larry BarberLarry Barber will present a three-week series on learning from conflict. Conflict is a gift. It grows us up. The purpose of this class is to consider several reasons why we have such a difficult time with conflict and why it is difficult to learn from it. The class will look at a variety of conflict management strategies and explore the consequences of what actually happens both individually and relationally with each strategy. We will also investigate possible underlying beliefs that motivate our responses to conflict. If we are committed to learning from conflict, it can provide an opportunity for us to develop a more accurate understanding of ourselves, take responsibility for our choices, and have positive consequences for our relationships and ourselves.

Larry Barber has been employed by Charis Foundation since 1994, where he offers faith-based pastoral counseling. He has served as a pastor in both California and Oregon. He is a member of Gutenberg’s board of governors and facilitates the Community Classes at Gutenberg College. Larry holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology.


January 31 & February 28 • Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

In addition to classes, Gutenberg offers book discussions led by Gutenberg alumni. Participants read and discuss a text chosen by an alumus. This quarter, alumna Carina Crabtree will begin a discussion of Kierkegaard’s Works of Love. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copies of the book.

On January 31, please come prepared by having read the Preface and first chapter of the First Series, “Love’s Hidden Life and Its Recognizability by Its Fruits.”

On February 28, please come prepared by having read parts A, B, and C of the second chapter of the First Series, “You Shall Love,” “You Shall Love the Neighbor,” and “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”

Carina has this to say about Works of Love:

Carina CrabtreeI am so looking forward to reading and discussing Works of Love with you this year. In this book, Søren Kierkegaard presents a series of reflections on biblical love. When I read this book in the years following my graduation from Gutenberg College, I was struck by how profound, timely, and important this work by Kierkegaard was. Works of Love may be the book that has most impacted my understanding of the Bible’s central teachings: “Love the LORD your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.” I immediately began looking for a way that I could share it with the larger community. I hope that, in reflecting on Kierkegaard’s words together, we can come to a greater understand of God’s love for us, and of how it is that we should love one another.

Carina Crabtree graduated from Gutenberg College in 2012. Her senior thesis, “Never Enough,” focused on Solomon and Thoreau’s perspectives on a wise approach to wealth. Now a mother to two young daughters, Carina appreciates the foundation for life that her time at Gutenberg laid. “Gutenberg was excellent preparation for becoming a mother; I am so thankful for my time there, and for teachers who modeled the importance of parenthood.” Carina and her husband, Stefan, have been married for six years, and are currently the Gutenberg house managers.


February 7, 14, & 21 • Ron Julian: “The Parables of Jesus”

Ron JulianRon Julian will present a three-week class exploring his current thinking on the parables of Jesus. The parables are a well-known feature of Jesus’ teaching, but they have been interpreted in various ways throughout the centuries. This class will look at several parables and explore how they communicate and why Jesus’ teaching comes through them so powerfully.

Ron Julian has been a teacher at McKenzie Study Center, an institute of Gutenberg College, since 1982 and a tutor at Gutenberg College since it opened it doors in 1994. He is the author of Righteous Sinners, and a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible. He has a B.A. in linguistics and an M.A. in religion.


February 28 • Carina Crabtree: “Søren Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Carina Crabtee continues of the book discussion she began on January 31. (See above.) Please come prepared by having read parts A, B, and C of the second chapter of the First Series, “You Shall Love,” “You Shall Love the Neighbor,” and “You Shall Love the Neighbor.”


March 7 & 14 • Charley Dewberry: “Environmental Ethics: A Christian Critique”

Charley DewberryCharley Dewberry will examine three common positions taken on environmental ethics. He will then critique them by presenting a biblical perspective. (Note: This class is significantly revised from an Environmental Ethics class Charley taught in 2007.)

Charley Dewberry is the dean and a tutor at Gutenberg College, a practicing scientist and stream ecologist, and the author of Saving Science: A Critique of Science and Its Role in Salmon Recovery and Intelligent Discourse: Exposing the Fallacious Standoff Between Evolution and Intelligent Design. He has a M.A. in fisheries and wildlife and a Ph.D. in philosophy, with an emphasis on philosophy of science.


Gutenberg Matches Matching-Gift Pledge!

Near the end of June 2017, Gutenberg College received a matching-donation pledge of $10,000.00. This pledge matched dollar-for-dollar any new donations or any additional donations current supporters made until August 31st, the end of Gutenberg’s fiscal year.
With the help of generous supporters, we reached our goal and received the full $20,000. Thanks so much to all of you who helped!

On a visit to Gutenberg College, the donor making the anonymous pledge had this to say about the reasons behind the matching pledge:

While I lived and studied in this building, I was profoundly impacted—both educationally and spiritually. My time here was the most formative season of my life. I not only learned skills that have helped me with my career, I was nurtured and ministered to, and I want others to experience the same—having the opportunity to both learn and grow in wisdom. I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and want to encourage others to support this amazing place so that even more students can attend Gutenberg College and come away as profoundly impacted as I was.

We want to thank this donor for the financial support and the words that provide the special meaning behind the support. We hope the sentiment expressed above resonates with you like it has with us.

We hear similar stories from others who have come through our doors. Many of you have generously supported Gutenberg College over this past year. God has graciously used you and other supporters to keep us on track with the budget the Gutenberg College board approved at the beginning of the year. We are very thankful for each and every one of you for that.

Our matching-gift fundraiser is over, but you can still support Gutenberg. We appreciate every gift.

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How to Support Gutenberg When You Shop

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On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, before you begin shopping, select Gutenberg College to receive donations from eligible purchases. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. Go to for more details about this great way to support Gutenberg College.

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The eScrip Program

eScripThe eScrip fundraising program coordinates with local and online merchants to help non-profit organizations. Up to eight percent of what you spend on groceries, clothing, airline tickets, dining-out, and other items can be donated to Gutenberg.

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.”

On the website, you will also find a list of participating local merchants or be able to shop online.

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“Righteous Sinners” Now an 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 now 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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