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  • Special Report: Annual Bishop-Theologian Dialogue


    On the afternoon of Thursday, February 6, 2014, Seattle University’s Office of the President in conjunction with the School of Theology and Ministry hosted the annual “Bishop-Theologian Dialogue” in the Student Center of the Seattle University campus.

    Church intersectionThis year’s special topic was that of “sensus fidelium,” or “the sense of the faithful,” a medieval principle for understanding how the broader church identifies Christian truth.  As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, each year the theologians at Seattle University sit down with the local Catholic archbishop and auxiliary bishop to discuss timely issues in church and university. Attendees at the three-hour discuss prepare for the gathering by reading over several articles, and faculty from the School of Theology and Ministry and those from the undergraduate Department of Theology and Religious Studies were in attendance.  This year, a faculty member of the Seattle University School of Law with a Master of Divinity degree in addition to a Juris Doctorate, Mark Chinen, attended the event. The School of Theology and Ministry and the School of Law have a new joint degree that is creating new interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, the JD-MA in Transformational Leadership (learn more here).

    Dean Mark S. Markuly of the School of Theology and Ministry commented on the annual event:

    “As an intentionally ecumenical school promoting Christian unity on the campus of a Jesuit university, it is imperative that faculty constantly wrestle with the broader Catholic culture of the university and how this context impacts our work.  The Bishop-Theologian Dialogue provides a great opportunity for theological faculty to have an in-depth conversation with the local Catholic bishops and to explore the very complicated relationship that exists between a local Catholic church and private, independent Catholic universities.  As one might expect for what we try to do at our school, the Protestant faculty often have the most insightful observations and insights about this relationship.

    Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry’s co-sponsorship of this event with the President of Seattle University is even more important as we grow in our ability to dialogue students of many religious traditions, not just Christianity.  We have to always be attentive to how our roots impact what we are doing.”





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