School of Theology and Ministry’s Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs Scholar Application Update

January 12, 2017

The School of Theology and Ministry’s Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs has reached an exciting juncture.

This past October, the Center released a call for scholars inviting theologians and scholars of religion from a variety of faith traditions and disciplines to apply for the opportunity to come together to explore the ways in which religious wisdom and faith community resources can contribute to the analysis, diagnosis, and responses needed to address the problem of homelessness, the social issue the Center will be addressing for the next two years.

The call was disseminated through news outlets, academic associations, fellow Jesuit universities, seminaries, and other academic and faith-based networks – and the response was astounding!

We received more than 120 submissions from scholars across the globe.

We have an extraordinarily diverse pool of applicants representing:

  • 25 countries across five continents
  • 19 states, D.C. & Puerto Rico
  • At least five major world religions and more than a dozen Christian denominations
  • A wide variety of disciplines, from theology, ethics and international development to sociology, nursing and law

Our faculty selection committee will meet over the coming weeks to examine the applications of this highly and diversely qualified pool to select a cohort that brings a unique combination of interdisciplinary scholarship, community engagement and interfaith collaboration. This group of scholars will embody the Center’s vision of linking the needs and interests of lived communities of faith with academic curiosity about the religious, spiritual and normative dimensions of the common good.

The committee plans to inform scholars of its decision by the end of the month; and the scholars will gather in April at Seattle University for the Center’s first symposium on homelessness.