Dr. Gloria Burgess
past month, Dr. Burgess hosted and moderated a webinar sponsored by the
International Leadership Association entitled "Yes, to the Mess:
Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz" along with Frank Barrett,
leadership scholar & jazz pianist, who wrote a book with the same
title. Dr. Burgess additionally co-led a workshop in Indianapolis for
the Tobias Institute's Annual Leadership Conference entitled "Maestro:
Inspiring Leadership Lessons from the Podium."
Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Saenz
June 9 to 20, Dr. Guardiola Saenz will be in Granada, Spain at the
International Summer School engaging "Critical Muslim Studies:
Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival," an
intensive seminar composed of several courses that aim at opening the
space for the analysis and investigation of Islam not only as a
spiritual tradition, but also as an epistemic decolonial perspective
that offers contributions and responses to the problems that humanity
faces today. From June 23 to 25, she will be in Sierra Madre, CA
attending the National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry and then
on June 25 traveling to Los Angeles, CA and Loyola Marymount University
to facilitate a workshop entitled "Jesus, the Migrant: A Reading of the
Gospel of John from the Borderlands." Then from August 10 to 15, Dr.
Guardiola-Saenz will be visiting San Francisco, CA to teach "New
Testament Spirituality" at the Academy for Spiritual Formation, a
program of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune
Adjunct faculty member and contributor to the Dean's Executive Advisory Board, Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Eden Theological Seminary this past month. Dr. Fortune is Founder and Senior Analyst at FaithTrust Institute and additionally founded the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence here in Seattle. We celebrate Dr. Fortune for this honor that recognizes her incredible work.
Lisa Gustaveson, MNPL
This past month, Program Manager for the school's Faith & Family Homelessness Project,
Lisa Gustaveson, was awarded the Spirit of Community Staff Award at
Seattle University's 10th Annual Spirit of Community Celebration. As
only one staff award is issued annually, this is a testament to Lisa's
influence within the greater Seattle community around the issue of
Nindyo Sasongko – Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality
has been a great honor to celebrate many awards and acknowledgements
bestowed over the last few months to Nindyo Sasongko, one of our current
Transforming Spirituality students. In addition to previous
announcements here and here,
Nindyo has received word from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC that
he has received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to
attend the 2014 Summer Institute on June 2-7. He will join a special
seminar on Christian-Muslim Peacemaking which is his area of future
work. In addition, his paper "Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Erotic
Experience: The Passionate Mysticism of Hadewijch of Brabant and the
Question of Sexuality" has been accepted for presentation at the 2014
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.
Jaime Yslas - Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
past month, Transformational student Jaime Yslas, in addition to his
ongoing work with Veterans on the Seattle University campus, gave a
presentation entitled "Faith and Finding Your Way" at a special Seattle
University leadership development event "SPARK." The gathering was an
opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Seattle
University to share their experiences with leadership and leading
through the core values of the university--care, academic excellence,
diversity, faith and justice. Jaime spoke about faith and discernment
based on a video he had developed for the "STMM 5930 Gospel and Global
Media Culture" course, presented by Dr. Mary Hess last Summer Quarter.
The presentation along with the video addressed how faith can inform all
of our decisions, particularly leadership decisions.
Kelly Hickman, MA in Transforming Spirituality 2010 (also former staff, Administrative Assistant!)
Kelly has a great heart for intentional community and being a part of local and global initiatives that are actively working for a more just and human world.
After her time as student, graduate assistant and then staff at Seattle
University's School of Theology and Ministry, she has been a key member
of the Mission Education area of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Currently
serving as Missions Office Program Coordinator, Kelly is instrumental in
collaborations with the Office for Catholic Schools and Maryknoll
Fathers and Brothers to lift up new religion curriculum in Catholic
schools. This July, Kelly will be traveling to Ghana with Catholic
Relief Services, one
of the agencies her office represents, to learn about their
work there on hunger and food security. The trip was designed for
educators, and Kelly will be joining to bolster her knowledge and
communication of global need as she interacts with students directly in
and the Office for Catholic Schools. This year, Kelly has become a part
of Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action
(CLA) cohort, which began last September and will conclude June 2015.
The program moves Jesuit-educated alums through the Ignatian Spiritual
Exercises with emphasis on contemplation, leadership and service. The
experience has brought Kelly into community with other justice-oriented
and faith-driven young adults, and the CLA experience has already proven
to ground me in deeper ministry.
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