This past month, we asked a few of our Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies upcoming Class of 2014 graduates what they're looking forward to in the next season! Here are their responses... Congratulations to each of you for all your hard work and study here at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.
Lisa Ashley, Master of Divinity"I will continue into my sixth year as a volunteer chaplain for incarcerated youth in the King County Detention Center, working with the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition, an ecumenical nonprofit providing services in a faith-based environment to youth in area detention centers. I will also establish my spiritual direction practice this summer, located on Bainbridge Island. I hope to serve anyone who might wish to have a companion on their spiritual journey, particularly those who are “living in the questions” of faith, religion, and spirituality. Also, I will pursue employment with nonprofit organizations who provide services in social justice, youth empowerment, and women’s issues."Hannah Hochkeppel, Master in Arts in Pastoral Studies"As a student in the Pastoral Studies program, I have had the opportunity to be in class with people from all walks of life. These other students bring a rich variety of life experience, religious experience, personal tradition, and active imagination to our discussions. After two very long, yet very short, years, I will be moving on to Catholic Parish Ministry. To this ministry I will bring a unique set of skills that allow me to be wholly catholic, wholly ecumenical, and wholly interreligious all in the same moment."The Rev. Alissabeth Newton, Master of Divinity"After my time at the school, I will be working as a Vicar of an Episcopal Congregation in Kent, Washington as well as Program Director for Congregational Development for the Diocese of Olympia. Pursuing an education at the school has allowed me to build my family and pursue work within my local church setting while earning my Master's of Divinity degree. I have appreciated the flexible class schedules and many opportunities to work ecumenically with students who are heading into pastoral ministry in other denominations."The Rev. John Forman, Master of Divinity"I am headed into parish ministry as an Episcopal priest. The assignment could begin as early as August. I am especially pleased to be in conversations with Episcopal congregations who are looking for a rector or vicar who has some of the ecumenical inclinations and interreligious sensibilities that I have honed here at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. A few are also interested in the multicultural bias that the school has infused into my theology and ministry, but if any of them plan to be part of the living church of the future, then I will be well-equipped to guide the work that lies ahead for them."
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