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State of the Church

  • Positioned in the Pacific Northwest where creative, entrepreneurial energy is shaping the future, Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is known as a dynamic hub for conversations on the future of faith. With that future in mind, faith leaders from across the Pacific Northwest meet annually with school faculty and students through the school's State of the Church gathering each May. Participants collaborate on the future of Christianity in a pluralistic world, and focus together on how Gospel values can be embodied actively and practically in our time. The State of the Church is a growing gathering of thought leaders and practitioners, ranging from Historic Protestant to Progressive Evangelical partners in faith.


    Theme: "One in the Spirit"
    Saturday, June 20  |  9:00am - 7:30pm  |  Seattle University campus
    $25  |  $15 for groups of 3 or more

    The day will include:

    • Worship together
    • Presentations from distinguished leaders in the church: Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, a leader in the Reformed Church in America and author of Leadership from Inside Out: Spirituality and Organizational Change & Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, a leader in rethinking religious education and author of Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families
    • Breakout sessions relevant to church today and future church
    • Connection with colleagues in ministry


    What Participants are Saying 

    • "The day was full of engaging conversation and refreshing ideas. I'm already looking forward to next year!" Rev. Melody Young, Presbyterian Church USA
    • "An important benefit of attending the gathering was exploring church and broader religious dynamics from a larger regional perspective.  It was particularly helpful having a variety of local pastors, lay leaders, denominational executives and ecumenical agency representatives in attendance.  I also appreciated the opportunity to make the presentation on the church and civic engagement and found this processing affirming and the concerns and insights shared universally received.  It was also good to learn more about Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry programs and the good work being done in Seattle.  The key will be to spread it more broadly throughout the region." David Leslie, Oregon Ecumenical Ministries

    SeattleU STM, State of the Church



  • Contact Us

    Dr. Michael Trice
    Assistant Dean of Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue