Networking Religion for the 21st Century

Religious Initiatives at the School of Theology and Ministry

Globally, lively debate focuses on society’s multicultural and multi-religious influences, specifically in relation to its civic, religious, and educational institutions. Shaping a positive pluralism is one critically important task facing American society, and Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is committed to this effort both by transforming itself and helping to educate the community at large through its Interreligious Initiatives. The School's interreligious initiatives are a direct extension of its foundational ecumenical values, rooted in tradition and striving in dialogue.

Interreligious initiatives at the School of Theology and Ministry have been funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Seattle-based Tillie and Alfred Shemanski Testamentary Trust, and by generous individual donors.

Building on its history of interreligious dialogue, the School of Theology and Ministry launched a new Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs. To learn more about the Center click here.

The aims of these initiatives are to:

  • Introduce deeper religious perspectives to our faculty, staff, and students. This includes faculty retreats and seminars with visiting scholars. Speakers (i.e., Dr. Frank Clooney, S.J., of Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Philipp Renczes, S.J., Director of the Cardinal Bea Center for Judaic Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Karen Armstrong)
  • Incorporate religious wisdom and content into the curriculum. This includes specific seminars, symposia, and public gatherings on critical topics of our day (i.e., an international conference between the Lutheran World Federation and the School of Theology and Ministry)
  • Extend and promote interreligious dialogue in the region (The establishment of an Interreligious Advisory Council, with representation and outreach by and to religions in the region (i.e., Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Bahai, among others) 

Interreligious Events Throughout the Academic Year:

  • January:  STM’s Holocaust and Genocide Remembrance gathering. Annually, guests hear the story of a Holocaust survivor—most recently the story of a child survivor of the Holocaust. Attendees heard his gripping story punctuated with family photographs and images of the suffering the victims experienced.
  • Fall-Winter-Spring:  Perhaps STM’s singular foundational interreligious work to date has been the creation of its STM Ecumenical and Interreligious Advisory Council. The Council meets quarterly in the academic year to learn more about STM’s latest efforts to promote dialogue with and among other faiths. The Council also suggests ways to grow interreligious efforts academically and in the community at large.

Learn More about these Religious Initiatives

Religious Events

Worship and Liturgy Blog

Bishop Edward Donalson, III, Director of Liturgy and Worship and Assistant Clinical Professor for the School of Theology and Ministry writes for the Worship and Liturgy Blog. Read more here.


Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue | 206.296.5332