April Special Mission Offering: American Baptist Seminary of the West

American Baptist Seminary of the WestThe American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) is a charter member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) since 1962. ABSW was founded in 1871 and is the center of American Baptist ecumenical theological education in the far western United States.

The seminary is affiliated denominationally with ABC USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and admits students from a variety of denominational traditions. ABSW is described on Twitter as multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, evangelical, and ecumenical. ABSW offers its students resources through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. ABSW students may take classes at 9 other GTU seminaries and have access to one of the finest theological libraries in the world, a faculty of distinguished scholars, and the resources of UC Berkeley. Through the GTU, students can pursue ABSW degrees as well as Ph.D., Th.D., M.A., and two joint Ph.D. programs with UC Berkeley.

ABSW graduation ceremonies this year will be held at the First Baptist Church, 534 22nd Street, Oakland, California on May 21st at 2:00 p.m.

The campus was saddened by the sudden death of its president, Paul Martin, on March 23rd. Dr. Martin spent well over fifty years in pastoral ministry. Several memorial services are planned:

  • April 16, 11 AM, Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • April 30, 10 AM, Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA
  • May 14, 11 AM, Macedonia Baptist Church, 3240 Adams Street,
    Denver, CO

Many of our own church’s leaders and prominent members have been associated with ABSW: Rick Mixon is a graduate, as are the late Jim Shepard (CBTS), E.Y. Fung, Dona Smith-Powers and Lynn Hunwick.

Our goal of $750 for the April Mission Offering for ABSW scholarships will be matched by the ABC Home Mission Society. We encourage you to give generously to continue the long-standing support to students by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto.

Marilyn and Lynn Hunwick

Pastor Gregory Says…

Greg StevensLast week was full of birthdays and brew! As you know, Monday was Rick’s birthday, it was great to start out the month and the week celebrating our Pastor. I am so very thankful for his life, leadership, and liturgy! Thank you to everyone who shared in celebrating Rick’s birthday. The second half of the week was marked by Homebrewed Christianity podcasts. Dan Cudworth, Rick, and I traveled up to Berkeley for a live podcast recording on Thursday night. The next night we hosted our own gathering here in the Youth Room. Chip Clark and Greg Griffey joined the hilarity, along with community members and podcast listeners alike. It was another great week of networking and nurturing relationships! I’m now picking up our Lenten book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, hopefully you’ll join us in the reading journey.

Gregory