This is my first and final editorial column for FULLER. As managing editor, I’ve succeeded in working behind the scenes on this award-winning magazine since issue #5. My position has offered the right balance of challenge and creativity, it has appealed to my very scheduled nature, and, more than anything, it has been an opportunity to work with such inspiring professionals both in my office and across the institution.

This issue, edited by Kirsteen Kim, associate dean of the Center for Missiological Research, explores the theme of migration from a variety of perspectives. And I must acknowledge that it is time for a migration of my own. Soon, I’ll be venturing out and away from Fuller, which I have called my work home for more than 11 years. The thing that unnerves me most about moving on is the unknown—not knowing what challenges will arise on my new journey, nor where the journey will land. But it’s not about where I land. The Oxford English Dictionary defines migration as the “movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.” By definition, migration is rooted in uncertainty. I am reminded that I have steadily been on a personal migration even before arriving at Fuller. This is one stop along the way, and I have met many friends while working here to help guide my course. While the future is unpredictable, I have the good fortune of bringing with me the many memories and friendships of so many admirable people. That lessens my load and propels me forward with greater courage. It also helps considerably that we are leaving the magazine in the capable hands of the new editor in chief, Jerome Blanco, and senior editor Joy Netanya Thompson.

When I say “we,” I refer to my boss and friend (and this magazine’s editor in chief), Lauralee Farrer, who has begun her own migration. It has been my great privilege to have navigated these seasons with her. It wasn’t our first time working together and I know it won’t be our last. Thank you, and see ya along the way. (Find her parting words in the Benediction on p. 97.)

To quote the late photojournalist Dan Eldon, “the journey is the destination.” Safe travels, all.

Fuller Seminary staff member Tamara Johnston McMahon

Tamara Johnston, Managing Editor and Senior Producer

This is my first and final editorial column for FULLER. As managing editor, I’ve succeeded in working behind the scenes on this award-winning magazine since issue #5. My position has offered the right balance of challenge and creativity, it has appealed to my very scheduled nature, and, more than anything, it has been an opportunity to work with such inspiring professionals both in my office and across the institution.

This issue, edited by Kirsteen Kim, associate dean of the Center for Missiological Research, explores the theme of migration from a variety of perspectives. And I must acknowledge that it is time for a migration of my own. Soon, I’ll be venturing out and away from Fuller, which I have called my work home for more than 11 years. The thing that unnerves me most about moving on is the unknown—not knowing what challenges will arise on my new journey, nor where the journey will land. But it’s not about where I land. The Oxford English Dictionary defines migration as the “movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.” By definition, migration is rooted in uncertainty. I am reminded that I have steadily been on a personal migration even before arriving at Fuller. This is one stop along the way, and I have met many friends while working here to help guide my course. While the future is unpredictable, I have the good fortune of bringing with me the many memories and friendships of so many admirable people. That lessens my load and propels me forward with greater courage. It also helps considerably that we are leaving the magazine in the capable hands of the new editor in chief, Jerome Blanco, and senior editor Joy Netanya Thompson.

When I say “we,” I refer to my boss and friend (and this magazine’s editor in chief), Lauralee Farrer, who has begun her own migration. It has been my great privilege to have navigated these seasons with her. It wasn’t our first time working together and I know it won’t be our last. Thank you, and see ya along the way. (Find her parting words in the Benediction on p. 97.)

To quote the late photojournalist Dan Eldon, “the journey is the destination.” Safe travels, all.

Written By

Tamara Johnston, Managing Editor and Senior Producer

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