Seattle University founded the School of Theology and Ministry with a globally unique vision--helping students learn to become people of deep faith and spiritual commitment who are comfortable believing what they believe, and are skilled as they work in an increasingly diverse world.
Seattle University has a 122 year history of empowering leaders for a more just and humane world. Active in the diverse world in which we live, the School of Theology and Ministry is deeply involved with communities from many different religious traditions. From signed formal partnerships to interreligious collaborations, the school's coursework and programming speak across the spectrum of Christianity–from Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant to Progressive Evangelical and Orthodox -- as well as the Unitarian-Universalist tradition. Students grounded in Buddhist practice, and the Jewish and Muslim traditions, as well as some who might define themselves as "spiritual but not religious" have found coursework helpful to their lives and work at the School of Theology and Ministry, particularly in the degree programs of Transformational Leadership and Relationship & Pastoral Therapy. The School's faculty work each year with more than a 100 advisors from this wide assortment of religious traditions. Faculty, students and advisors grapple each year with keeping the curriculum focused in a dynamic way on the values and skills needed to shape today's leaders in congregations, religious organizations, chaplaincy work, social service agencies, industry and government. With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Testamentary Trust, and generous individual supporters, the school is fostering deeper and higher levels of interreligious interaction in the learning community and in the greater Seattle area and Pacific Northwest.In their classes, student community activities, worship and liturgy gatherings, and school sponsored programs and events, students engage every day the question: "What does it mean to be a religious, spiritual or ethical leader in the 21st century?" Many of the school's graduates have become profound leaders in churches, faith-based organizations, and an assortment of institutions in education, industry and government.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is committed to addressing the needs of an increasingly multicultural church and world. Students develop a greater capacity to live out their religious and spiritual commitments authentically, while also learning to respect persons and their differences, to foster the values of personal dignity, civility and mutual respect; and to model and defend these values. Internship sites and the curriculum within the School of Theology and Ministry provide a safe space for students to be mentored and emerge as more integrated individuals, capable of healthy, holistic service within many settings.
The School of Theology and Ministry uniquely expresses Seattle University's core value of social justice, through the Jesuit tradition's lens of a faith that does justice. Justice issues are infused into all areas of the curriculum, and faculty, staff, students and alumni are committed to practicing and cultivating a keen awareness of today's world and its' need for justice. Contextual learning in community-based organizations and faith communities gives students the opportunity to practice in vocational settings the values and commitments they explore in the classroom.