Senior Fair

Senior Fair

Around 50 seniors attended Western’s inaugural Senior Adults Fair. Organized by Donor Care Coordinator Bonnie Ekholm, the fair was full of opportunities to interact with Western students, faculty, and staff. Abbreviated seminary classes were taught by Dr. Carl Laney and Dr. Gerry Breshears, and wellness classes for mind and body were offered (including memory aerobics and Tai Chi).  Other activities included instruction on writing your life story, increasing cyber security from the Portland Police Bureau, and blood pressure checks from Kaiser Permanente. For fun, Dr. Carl Laney brought his refurbished WWII era jeeps to campus and graduate Michal Dudrey and Dr. Gordon Borror led a hymn sing along.

This event marked the launch of the “Senior Salt and Light Challenge.” This one-year challenge to seniors of Western Seminary supporting and other local churches is intended to encourage them to commit to a year of greater physical effort, deliberate mental and intellectual exercises and increased volunteering/service to others.


Below (clockwise from top left): Participants in the memory aerobics class; Dr. Carl Laney with his refurbished WWII Navy jeep; Graduate Michal Dudrey and Dr. Gordon Borror lead hymns.

memory aerobics