Category Archives: Fall 2017: Listening

In Sickness & in Health: Handling Conflict in Marriage and Relationships

From the outside of the slowly spinning white fMRI scanning machine, she looked headless. One at a time, 16 different women laid down, each with the knowledge that if she saw a little red light, she might receive an electric shock to her foot or ankle, or she might not. Sometimes her husband would be beside her to hold her hand, and sometimes she would hold a stranger’s hand. The understandable apprehension and fear she felt might lessen, or increase. Psychologist Jim Coan of the University…

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Charlottesville: How to Heal

BY DR. ROB GAILEY The news coming out of Charlottesville, Va., was disturbing on many levels, but one piece of news made my body tense and my head spin. Reports were coming in that a car had plowed into a group of people who were marching in protest of the neo-Nazi and KKK event organized to assert a cultural supremacy in a nation blessed with vast diversity. As video footage of the car ramming into the crowd made its way online, I watched with horror…

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The Courage to Listen Well

You’re hiking along a shallow stream, green foliage to your left and right, sharp stones pressing through the soles of your boots. You spot a small log, and the urge to sit down takes over. Your legs ache. Just as you sit and toss your cumbersome backpack to the ground you hear something in the nearby brush. The sound, at first soft and muffled, solidifies into steps. You suddenly remember there are mountain lions in the area. You spring up as if called to attention.…

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Q&A with John Calhoun

Since 1907, the Church of the Nazarene has held general assemblies every four years. These global family reunions serve as times for worship, fellowship, training, and decision-making. We sat down with Dr. John Calhoun, director of PLNU’s Center for Pastoral Leadership, to learn highlights from this year’s General Assembly, key decisions made as resolutions to the church manual, and what those changes mean for the church today. Q: Were there any new general superintendents elected to the leadership this year? A: We have two new…

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Athletics: Life Beyond Soccer

It’s hard not to notice the posters that cover the north-facing wall of Tim Hall’s office. Prominently displayed next to his door and emphasizing his passion for people and relationships are photos of every soccer team Hall has coached at PLNU. More than 500 student-athletes, 22 years of coaching, and a career marked by ministry, mentorship, and athletic success are represented within these posters. As he prepares to retire from his head coaching position at the end of this soccer season, the Viewpoint sat down…

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Full STEAM Ahead

As a young girl, Jasmine Sadler took a dance class for the first time and immediately fell in love with the finesse, expressiveness, and artistry of the movement. As a middle school student, she found she enjoyed tutoring her peers in math and was constantly sought out to help with their algebra homework. And in high school, after witnessing the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, she became inspired to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. With age, Sadler, who studied as an engineering student at the…

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Austin Kino: Wayfinder

The welcome home celebration for the voyaging canoe Hokulea was three years in the making. It took 245 crew members working in rotating groups of 14 or so to complete Hokulea’s historic circumnavigation of the globe, and PLNU alumnus Austin Kino (10) was one of them. Kino joined the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) when he was in high school. He sailed on the Hokulea for the first time in 2005 on a voyage from Kauai to Niihau. According to the PVS, the Hokulea, which means…

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A Balanced Diet[itian]

As Cindy Swann, associate professor and director of PLNU’s Didactic Program in Dietetics, recaps her academic and professional journey, she recognizes the unorthodox nature of it all. Initially drawn to the field of nutrition in high school, she could have never foreseen how pursuing that interest — or agreeing to a cycling expedition — would impact her life so greatly and propel her into the career she has now. After graduating with a nutrition degree from State University College in Buffalo, N.Y., Swann embarked on…

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