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CARE FOR CULTURE THROUGH THE ARTS

The arts not only mirror cultural change, they can bring God’s healing to cultural brokenness. Through Brehm Center courses, programs, and events guided by Director Mako Fujimura’s vision for Culture Care, leaders learn to critically integrate theology and the arts as they creatively explore and express their own callings.

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What the Brehm Center Offers

+ A Christ-centered, spiritually nourishing community

+ Opportunities to learn and be resourced to care for culture

+ A space to creatively explore and express one’s calling

+ Tools for critically integrating worship, theology, and the arts

Programs, Courses, and Experiences

The Brehm Center works in tandem with Fuller’s Schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology to provide a number of programs, courses, and forms of support.

Master’s Degree Emphases

Students can pursue a Brehm Center emphasis with any theology or intercultural studies master’s degree program:

Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Theology and the Arts

Worship and Music Ministry

A Diversity of Courses

Courses offered through the Brehm Center include these and many others:

Theology and Film
Students view and discuss selected films and explore theological approaches to film criticism

Music as Theological Expression
This course considers the varied ways that music dynamically expresses Christian faith

Theology and Arts Capstone
Students reflectively integrate coursework with their areas of artistic, ministerial, or cultural interest

Immersion Courses

Students, alumni, and other interested participants engage in rich on-site learning through immersion courses at these locations:

Sundance Film Festival

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Orvieto, Italy

New York City

PhD/ThM Concentrations

The Brehm Center offers two areas of concentration for students pursuing a PhD in Theology or ThM in Theology:

Theology and Culture

Worship and Preaching

Certificate Program

Fuller’s School of Theology offers a six-course Certificate in Theology and the Arts program in partnership with the Brehm Center; students may choose to apply some or all of these courses to a full master’s program at a later time.

Mentorship

Students completing a thesis project in any of our programs are paired with an artistic mentor to faithfully guide them through the creative process, helping them better understand the project as an expression of their calling and spiritual discipline.

Student Groups

Brehm Center student groups offer community and social connectedness as well as opportunities for artistic expression and exploration:

  • The Brehm Collective creates a space for students to make, discuss, and experience a variety of art expressions with guided discussions, open mic nights, art workshops, and other activities.

  • Fuller Filmmakers provides a loving community where filmmakers, cinephiles, and creatives discuss and enjoy the art of film in relation to theology.

Student Experiences

Caitlyn Ference-Saunders, MAT Student, Theology and the Arts Emphasis
Andre Henry, MAT ’16, Biblical Studies Emphasis
Matthew Aughtry, MDiv '16, Theology and the Arts Emphasis

Faculty

Brehm Center faculty include these and other professors:

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Todd E. Johnson

William K. and Delores S. Brehm Associate Professor of Worship, Theology, and the Arts and Theological Director for the Brehm Center

Dr. Johnson brings expertise in liturgical theology, history, and practice as well as broad experience in education, ministry, and social services. He’s written extensively on liturgical studies, with books he has coauthored including Living Worship: A Multimedia Resource for Students and Leaders and Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. Learn more here.

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W. David O. Taylor

Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Brehm Texas

With expertise in areas ranging from systematic theology to liturgical aesthetics to theology and science fiction, Dr. Taylor is a popular and widely respected lecturer on the arts and the church. He brought together musician Bono and The Message author Eugene Peterson for an exclusive video conversation viewable here. Read his blog, Diary of an Arts Pastor, and see more of his work here.

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Maria Fee

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture

A visual artist and lead faculty for the Theology and Arts Capstone course, Professor Fee brings to the Brehm Center expertise in theology and art, the visual arts and liturgical expression, and artistic creation as spiritual formation. She has written for Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and been published in the arts journal SEEN and other national publications. See her work here.

Resources

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Initiatives

The Brehm Center focuses on different areas of artistic and ministry interest through six initiatives and institutes:

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The Fred Bock Institute of Music seeks to perform, understand, share, and witness to the life of music in the church and in God’s world
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Reel Spirituality brings together filmmakers and film viewers to consider culture’s primary stories—as shown on screen—and the Christian faith
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Working out of the Fuller Texas campus in Houston, Brehm Texas seeks to revitalize the church through the arts for the common good

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The Ogilvie Institute offers resources empowering preachers to seek justice and lead others to join God’s mission in the world
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As a study and exhibition center, Visual Faith helps Christians understand the role of the visual arts in the renewal of culture and worship
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Global Christian Worship engages the study of various cultural forms of music and the arts for more informed ministry and mission

Continue the Conversation

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If you have any questions or would like more information about studying with the Brehm Center, please contact us.

Our Admissions offices are open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm, and 10am to 5pm on Friday (Pacific Time).