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Wilber and Juanita Harr Endowed Fund For Missions and World Religions

On the anniversary year of Wilber Christian Harr’s 100th birthday (March 30, 2008), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary proposed to honor Wilber and Juanita Harr’s legacy by growing the existing Harr Endowed Lectureship into a fund that will provide enduring support for the teaching of missions and world religions.

This is a way of renewing the original missionary spirit that enlivened Evangelical Theological Seminary, Garrett Biblical Institute, and the Chicago Training School. The goals for this fund are to provide support for more frequent lectures, courses in missions and world religions, and practical experiences for our students in missions and world religions. The long-term goal for this endowment is to provide support for visiting professors, a full-time professor, and ultimately a distinguished faculty member in missions and world religions.

The Wilber Harr Lecture was originally established at Evangelical Theological Seminary to honor Dr. Harr, who was both dean and professor of missions from 1940 to 1971. This annual lecture reflected the breadth of his interests: world religions, changing technology, ecology, human need and world poverty, third-world development, racism, government and business ethics, and minority identity groups.
David Harr, son of Wilber and Juanita Harr, spoke for the family when he said, “I am excited about the prospect of seeing a renewed missions emphasis at Garrett- Evangelical, and only incidentally because my parents’ names might be associated with it. It seems to me that, like the word “evangelical,” the idea of “missions” is pleading to be reclaimed. Who better to help reclaim it than Garrett-Evangelical, with its rich historical commitment to missions? I think it is time to romance the “M” word!”

Will you help us renew our missions emphasis by joining us in building the Harr Endowment Fund to one of the levels below, or by creating an endowment fund which will complement the Harr Endowment? We invite alums, friends, and churches to help us celebrate this centennial year of Wilber Harr’s birth by ensuring enduring support for the teaching of missions and world religions now and for generations to come. If you would like to help ensure a strong missions emphasis at Garrett-Evangelical, we invite your support. Outright gifts, multi-year pledges, and planned gift commitments are all welcome. For further information on how you can participate, contact David Heetland, vice president for development, at 847.866.3970.