Top of the World

My roommate and a few close friends from SPU had hiked up a leg-burning trail in the heart of the Cascade Mountains to a pristine campground where we had discovered the flat granite slab, just wide enough to sleep four people. It also served as an excellent place to leap into the freezing lake on […]

By Jeff Layton

From This Issue
Autumn 2017 Response Cover

Exploring Outside

Response is a print and online magazine for thoughtful Christians worldwide, rooted in the people, life, and mission of Seattle Pacific University.

Response is a print and online magazine for thoughtful Christians worldwide, rooted in the people, life, and mission of Seattle Pacific University. The magazine explores the encounter between education, faith, and culture, and is an informed voice for Christian engagement in the world.


Travel conscious: How SPU alumni help others adventure responsibly

Two people look across mountains from a mountaintop.
Top of the World

An aerial view of SPU's Camp Casey
Island discovery

Yikhwan Dillard ’09
Helping others out(side)

Left to right: image of piles of discarded Styrofoam cups; someone in bed hiding behind a pillow; and a bird's-eye view of a city
Redeeming creation

A person holds up a pillow in front of his or her face.
Understand the importance of the indoors

Piles of discarded Styrofoam cups.
Steward the natural world

Bird's-eye view of a city
Know urban history’s impact

In The Loop

A graduate of SPU's music therapy program plays the harp as she works with a patient.
In the Loop
Music therapy garners international acclaim

A TC3 resident wears a winter cap sporting SPU's torch.
In the Loop
Tent City 3 returns to campus home

First-year students take a break during the 2017 CityQuest community service event.
In the Loop
Sprucing up the city: Incoming freshmen join SPU tradition of serving Seattle

Dennis and Beth Weibling
In the Loop
Philanthropists honored

The arched entrance to Tiffany Loop
In the Loop
Research news

Alumni News

Alec Hill ’75 (left) and his brother Grant Hill ’75
Brothers bond with blood

Arts & Culture

James Williams ’05
Arts & Culture
Alumnus spearheads movement to reclaim technology for good

Posters in the graphic design show, Observe | Make | State.
Arts & Culture
The art of social justice


Falcon men's soccer team celebrate a play
Autumn Sports Update

The SPU women’s basketball team members play with kids in the Dominican Republic
Women’s basketball team travels to Dominican Republic

Class Notes

The arched entrance to Tiffany Loop
Class Notes
Footnotes: News

Alexander Hall, circa 1898
Class Notes
In memoriam, Summer and Autumn 2017

The City

Gregory Reffner
Beyond SPU
Campus garden coordinator greens up shared space

From The Archives

Female Seattle Pacific hikers taken decades ago.
From the Archives
From the Archives: Beach Hikes

The Bible Theology

High school students gathered on SPU’s campus and at Camp Casey this summer and again in October for Immerse Youth Discipleship Academy.
The Bible & Theology
New discipleship experience empowers young church leaders

Illustration of a whimsical meadow by Margaret Kimball.
The Bible & Theology
Natural theology

Science Technology

Michaela Rubenstein leads tourists and scientists through the forest in Costa Rica's Cloud Forest.
Science & Technology
Getting down to earth in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest

Adrienne Elliott '17
Science & Technology
Sorting garbage for sustainability

The World

Joshua Van Eaton '97
The World
Alumnus named Federal Employee of the Year

Grace Note

A woman catches the moon in a net. Illustration by Eva Vazquez
Grace Note
Grace Note: Watching and listening


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From the Editor
Meet Response editor Ruth Moon Mari

Alexander Hall in 1911, sitting across a field of young trees.
The President’s View
SPU President: Growing together, from our roots

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