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The goal is for the Fuller Studio site to become the “water cooler," where conversations with Fuller professors, Bono, Martin Scorsese, and wonderful storytellers can take place.
Seven decades of theological community and education make up Fuller Theological Seminary. And now, with Fuller Studio, those experiences are available digitally to the public.
The website, launched in 2016, is a way to make the resources at Fuller and the conversations happening on campus available online, for free, explained Story Teller and Chief Creative Lauralee Farrer. That includes everything from long form reads, to multimedia features.
Contribution and curation of the Fuller resources comes from ever widening circles, starting with faculty, and the Fuller editorial advisory board, then alumni and supporters.
Farrer said the studio is primarily for three groups of people. It’s for those who may not be familiar with seminary but have a desire to have a deeply formed spiritual life, as well as for alumni and perspective students.
“In some cases it introduces people to something they didn’t know they were interested in,” she said.
The goal, she added, is for the site to become the “water cooler.”
“Whenever something happens in in our culture, we want people to say ‘let’s find out what Fuller has to say about this. Surely someone at Fuller can weigh in.’,” she said.
Fuller Studio is divided into three sections: Story, Theology and Voice. Story, Farrer explained, is about the people at Fuller. Theology is about what they are studying and voice is about who they are becoming as a result.
“Voice is a collaboration of different people speaking on the same kind of subjects,” she said.
One of the features on the website is Story Table, which highlights people having a conversation around a table about various subjects.
"The Story Table hosts a small group of ‘Storytellers’ —comprised of friends or strangers —sharing stories and a meal around a dinner table with a room full of silent but invested witnesses,” explained Michael Wright, the associate editor for Fuller Studio and magazine. “The intention of this event is to create a space for unheard stories and to reconnect theology with our bodies and histories—all in the context of a shared meal."
The site has also boasted conversations around faith with stars Bono and Martin Scorsese, which helped boost the studio’s popularity.
“If you just want to watch that Q&A kind of conversation we can deliver on that. You can also be part of more than just watching it. You can access the study guides. You can dive deep. You can study with that guy (professor on the video), you can come to Sundance with us, you can get a degree. We can deliver on all of that. It’s up to you how deep you want to go in,” Farrer said.
The studio offers a regular e-newsletter announcing new material alongside resources curated from Fuller. The resources of Fuller Seminary Studio are shared freely. For more information on deeper theological material and the award-winning Fuller magazine see the Fuller website.
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