What do our faculty, staff, students and alumni have in common? We are dedicated to the art of bridge-building.
In a world where language, race, religion, culture, and economics often
divide people and obstruct work for the common good, we have chosen to
connect instead of divide, to talk instead of debate, and to work
together instead of on our own. From the very beginning, the school's
bridge-building culture and curriculum have emphasized focused and
collaborative action across inclusively Christian and Unitarian
religious traditions, and has grown in the past few years into a
national, and increasingly international leader, in interreligious
dialogue and collaboration.
This work is too important for us to do alone. We host interfaith dialogue groups for Christians, Unitarians,
Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and those spiritual but not
religious to talk about their own beliefs, seeking to understand each other more deeply, and ultimately working together for
the common good. The school has been funded by prominent foundations to
start projects addressing some of the most crucial challenges of our
age, like family homelessness, student debt, and the impact of the
world's growing religious pluralism. The school has over 150 advisors
that believe in what the school is working towards—from executives in the business world to national and international faith leaders.
We believe that the only way to prepare for work in diverse communities is to be IN a diverse learning community—a safe place to grow and develop
that looks a lot like the communities you'll be serving. It's not just
about having intermingling voices present, but finding a way for each
voice to get to the microphone. In Seattle University's School of
Theology and Ministry, we encourage each individual voice and story to
be completely true to itself, and distinctly heard. We foster that kind
of deep listening, past-the-surface reflection, and intentional learning
about lived spirituality from people groups and cultures.
For all of our students in every degree
program, these partnerships and collaborations keep the student grounded
in their spiritual beliefs while learning and growing in a diverse
For students seeking ordination, or other
leadership positions within a faith community, the School of Theology
and Ministry's formal partnerships with inclusively Christian groups (otherwise known as denominations) provide a student face-to-face
mentorship, and direct and regular assistance in navigating the requirements for ordination and
leadership. Each of our signed partners appoint a
formal Outreach Team that meets regularly to discuss and troubleshoot student needs
throughout their degree programs. Students receive phone calls, emails and participate in gatherings with their denominationally-linked ordination companions in support of their degree program.
In an era of social and ecclesial fragmentation, we need programs such as those at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry that insist on educating students from a wide variety of confessional and cultural backgrounds.
I am very grateful for the ecumenical spirit that Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry brings...I want to thank the School for building such a quality ecumenical seminary.
This school cannot be overlooked. It is vital, not only for the formation it offers its students, but for how it shapes and forms our greater community.
The attitude of Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is incredibly inclusive and humble. Because of a dinner meeting for Buddhist leaders in the community, organized by the school, I became friends with Buddhist monks from different countries and traditions. Now we are frequently inviting each other and co-organizing various events. The school actually strengthened the Buddhist community in Seattle, and I am grateful for the astonishing generosity of the school. I would never have expected a Jesuit university to support and foster Buddhist sanghas. Thank you very much.
Our Presbyterian students who graduate prepared for Christian service seem to have a wonderful ecumenical heart and an ability to express the faith in conversation with the world. We are grateful covenant partners.
I congratulate Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry for their willingness to expose the truth about how we are to relate to each other and celebrate our differences.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is unique. It continues to plow new and exciting ground ecumenically while faithful to the Jesuit tradition.
The importance of good interreligious dialogue is hard to understate given the challenges the world faces today. Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry is becoming a leading and positive force on this front.
Having worked with the school as an adviser, and seeing how eagerly the school stepped up to co-sponsor a play that dealt with a tragic historical event in the Sikh community, I am convinced that the school’s mission of “interreligious dialogue and cooperation” are not merely words on paper, but rather a plan of action that the school is actively pursuing.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has had a long and fruitful relationship with Unitarian Universalists seeking preparation for ministry to our congregations and to the wider community. Prospective Unitarian Universalist students can expect a comprehensive and rigorous education along with the comfort that Unitarian Universalist lay lay leaders and ministers have been considered important partners of the school for decades.
Because of their commitment to quality ecumenical theological education, we have confidence that our students graduate with the skills and broad understanding needed to be a blessing to God's church in this new day and time.
Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is committed to works of social justice and spiritual understanding. Graduates of the School are making a difference in our churches and communities.