The School of Theology and Ministry is a part of Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic University built on spirituality and social justice, an inclusively Christian school, with dedication to interreligious relationship for the common good. The School of Theology and Ministry offers 6 graduate degrees, 3 professional certificates and professional development courses. When you attend the School of Theology and Ministry you choose to earn more than just a degree, it becomes fulfillment within your community, the confidence to break through barriers and the ability to step out and make a change.
American Catholics, and anyone else taking seriously the role of religion and faith in American society, are now processing an intense level of disillusionment, frustration, and anger. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 884-page grand jury report on the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 youth by as many as 300 Catholic clergy is so troubling that it is difficult to find appropriate words to describe it. Good Lord! What is the proper response to something so horrendous that it seems like a cross between Mafia corruption case and a reality television show? What is a Catholic to think and do? A Christian? A person of any faith? Any person of good will? Is there a way for a leader in the Catholic community or anywhere else to meaningfully respond to three decades of embarrassing situations and promises of action that have proven woefully inadequate?
Sep 1, 2018
We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new 54-credit academic degree program. The Master of Arts (M.A.) is a flexible program that will allow students to explore theology, spirituality or religious studies in specialized and more individualized courses of study. The degree offers the option of a focus in spiritual direction, general theological studies, or spirituality. Other focus areas will become available in the future.
Aug 31, 2018
The youngest child of Korean immigrant parents, Rev. Dr. Mark Chung Hearn is a bridge-building minister and theologian. At an early age, he witnessed his own parents helping immigrant families and sojourners establish their lives in the United States. Though his parents would have called what they did simply “ministry and care for their fellow countryperson,” Dr. Hearn calls this social justice work and living one’s faith socially. As a United Methodist in the Wesleyan tradition, this faith in action is the integration of his commitment to personal and social holiness.
Aug 31, 2018
Dr. Christie Eppler, Professor and Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy (MACFT) program director, traveled to Switzerland to visit Chateau de Bossey. Dr. Eppler was invited to give a brief MACFT overview to the institute's current students, many of whom are priests, lay ministers, and leaders from various faith traditions and cultural locations. The students were kind and generous listeners - they appeared truly excited about spiritually integrated couples and family therapy.
Aug 31, 2018
The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 thematic working groups. These practitioners will collaborate in the Center’s work to strengthen the capacity of faith-based organizations (FBOs) to respond to pressing social problems. The groups will engage in collective problem-solving around homelessness and the housing crisis, and are organized around three types of intervention where FBOs have played a particularly important role – encampments, tiny houses, and emergency shelter and permanent housing.
Aug 30, 2018
The 2018 School of Theology and Ministry summer class students shared their reflections and emotions in the first few weeks of the program. They all entered the class with different faiths and beliefs but soon found that they all had shared values that created a sense of belonging. All of the students commented on how they instantly felt a connection with the program and their professors and peers. Doctor of Ministry cohort student, Terrance Taylor said, “these are my people.”
Aug 29, 2018
Dean Mark Markuly is attending the American Jewish Committee (AJC) delegation this week. AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With 33 offices worldwide, plus partnerships with 35 international Jewish community organizations, AJC is making an impact on the issues that matter most. The challenges facing the Jewish people are great, they demand a response from an organization with global reach and influence. Mark will be sharing some of the highlights this week from Israel.
Aug 6, 2018