Oregon Extension 2014 College Visit Dates

Watch for OE Faculty at a college near you!

2014 Campus Visits:

Hope College – Tues, Jan 14 – Thurs, Jan 16 – Melissa
Westmont College – Tues, Wed, Jan 28, 29 – Tad
Eastern University – Mon, Feb 3 – Wed, Feb 5 – Heidi
Villanova – Thurs, Feb 6, Fri, Feb 7 – Heidi
Messiah College – Mon Feb 10 – Wed, Feb 12 – Heidi
Goshen College – Mon, Feb 10, Tues, Feb 11 – Jamie
Spring Arbor – Wed, Feb 12 , Thurs, Feb 13 – Jamie
Bethel University – Wed, Feb 12, Thurs, Feb 13 – Melissa
St Olaf – Fri, Feb 14 – Melissa
Gordon College – Fri, Feb 14; Mon Feb 17 – Wed Feb 19 – Heidi
Calvin College – Mon, Feb 17 – Wed, Feb 19 – Jamie
Macalester – Mon, Feb 17; Tues, Feb 18 – Melissa
Eastern – Thurs, Feb 20; Fri, Feb 21 – Melissa
E.M.U. – Mon, Feb 24 – Wed, Feb 26 – Heidi

The Oregon Extension Fall 2014 Stipend

reading2.jpgOnce again, the Oregon Extension has been awarded a development grant for the fall of 2014 from the Clif Bar Family Foundation.  Under the terms of the grant, any student who applies and is accepted for this coming fall will receive a $3,000 stipend for the semester.  The stipend may be used to pay for room, board, activities fee, books, tuition, travel, or any expenses related to the semester, after the semester begins.  This is a one-semester grant and applies only to the fall 2014 Oregon Extension program.  Spaces for the fall are limited.  The $3,000 stipend will be awarded to all fall students.

Oregon Extension Fall 2013 Books

Oregon Extension Fall Semester Books 2013

Boers, Arthur. Living into Focus. Brazos Press, 2012.

Bok, Sissela. Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. New Haven: Yale, 2011.

Byl, Christine. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.

Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov (Dover Thrift Edition). Trans. Constance Garnett. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 2005.

Duncan, David James. The Brothers K

Girard, Rene. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.

Griswold, Eliza. Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. 

Hart, David Bentley. The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005.

Ilgunas, Ken. Walden on Wheels. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Kittredge, William. Balancing Water: Restoring the Klamath Basin. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2000.

Lewis, Michael, ed. American Wilderness: A New History. NY: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.

Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York, NY: Ballantine Books (Random House), 1997.

Oregon Extension alum builds tiny house for grad school

Oregon Extension alum, April Anson (OE 99), built a tiny, portable house as a residence during her graduate studies in ecocriticism. Read the full story and view photos.

Follow April’s blog for even more photos.

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Images from http://aatinyhouse.wordpress.com/

Photos: Harry L. Evans Prayer Chapel (updated Oct. 2011)

The chapel is named in honor of Harry L. Evans, president of Trinity College (1968-82), enthusiastic supporter of the Oregon Extension during its founding days in 1974-1975.

The chapel is due for completion and dedication in the spring of 2012.

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Debbie Blue (Oregon Extension 1985) featured in Image Journal

Image Journal Issue #61 features sermons from former student and current pastor Debbie Blue. We invite you to visit Image’s blog to get a taste of her gritty, poetic writing, or head on over to The House of Mercy for some mp3 downloads.

Concerning her experience at the Oregon Extension, Debbie writes:

“I had always been a consciencious student, able to get A’s and turn things in on time but until the OE I had never really learned to roam freely in my mind. The professors weren’t feeding us the pre-packaged, the well rehearsed, the preconceived (they weren’t striving to make tenure or sell their ideas). It seemed to me that they were hoping to free us to form honest, penetrating questions—one’s that had been languishing about in the cracks and corners of our minds and hearts, our histories and bodies.

We also roamed physically: the desert, the wilderness, San Francisco. There was nothing in my education at Wheaton or Yale Divinity School that quite matched the vivacity and honesty of my education at the OE. I still live in community with friends I met there, and am grateful, daily, in my role as a minister, for the way I learned to engage with the Biblical text. I wouldn’t have considered working for the church if it weren’t for the possibility the OE opened up for a lively and bumbling sort of faith.”

–Debbie Blue, OE 1985, pastor at House of Mercy, author of Sensual Orthodoxy and From Stone to Living Word.

David James Duncan Visits the Oregon Extension

David James Duncan

David James Duncan

“Several Decembers ago I was invited, in my capacity as a novelist and freelance writing teacher, to a little Christian college extension built out of a converted logging camp in tiny Lincoln, Oregon.  I’m not too big on Christianizing efforts, generally speaking, but if there is anything on earth I like seeing converted it’s logging camps…”

So begins “Wonder; Yogi; Gladly,” an essay written by David James Duncan after his first visit to The Oregon Extension in the 1990s.  You can find the rest of this essay in Duncan’s most recent collection of nonfiction, God Laughs & Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right (2006).  And you can find Duncan himself at The O.E. this fall (2009), spending a few days with us at Lincoln.

We’ve loved Duncan’s books here at the O.E. for a long time.  His bestselling novels, The River Why (1983) and The Brothers K (1992), have held spots among our core books nearly ever year for over a decade, and this year The Brothers K will once again be our summer reading.  Duncan’s essay-and-story collection, River Teeth (1996), and his memoir, My Story as Told by Water (2001), generally circulate as favorites among student cabins as well.

david-james-duncan-fly-fishingSo what’s the big deal about this writer?  What is it about his baseball and fly-fishing narratives that gets us so excited?  That’s hard to say.  If you invite an O.E. alum out to coffee and pitch him or her that question, you’re bound to get an earful.  It could be the deep spiritual issues that Duncan explores with humor and honesty in his stories.  It could be the mess and beauty of the families that people his books.  It could be the unique variety of mysticism that shows up in his pages, wearing waders and casting a fly rod and singing a gut-wrenched love song to wild salmon and to Montana’s Blackfoot River.  It could be all of the above.  Or something else altogether, something impossible to pinpoint and impossible to forget.

David Duncan is currently hard at work finishing his new novel.  We’re grateful for his willingness to carve out some time to come and chat with us at Lincoln.  We welcome him heartily, and we welcome you, incoming students.  We look forward to the conversation.

OE Group Photo, Fall 1997

OE Group Photo, Fall 1997


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