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From the Dean: Can We Resurrect from Our Death Spirals?

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We cannot avoid small and large-scale deaths in our lives. One of the great challenges of life is learning how to walk through them. Throughout history, a rich mixture of human and spiritual development helped most people learn to do so with a measure of humility, grace, meaningfulness, and even transcendence. The hallmark of great people and great leaders has often been their skill in maneuvering through their death experiences and transcending them so effectively that energy remains to help others deal with their own small and large deaths.
Apr 17, 2019

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Alumnae Karen Georgia Thompson nominated as next AGM of Global Engagement

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The United Church of Christ Executive Board has affirmed the nomination of the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson for the position of Associate General Minister of Global Engagement and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Apr 17, 2019

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Barbara Brown Taylor Search for Meaning Empowerment Series

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The Search for Meaning Empowerment Series welcomed Barbara Brown Taylor, an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian on Monday, April 1st at Elliott Bay Book Company.
Apr 17, 2019

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Online Learning Workshop

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Approximately a dozen members of STM Core & Adjunct Faculty and Staff had the benefit of a very informative and fun workshop designed to expand their capabilities with the learning management system, Canvas, and other instructional technologies and ideas.
Apr 17, 2019

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From the Dean: Autobiographies That Save Our Soul

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Throughout history, autobiographies have inspired the dreams of readers, fueled their public awareness of issues, and shaped their values, virtues, ideals and social, political and religious commitments. One of the most remarkable moral conversion resources in U.S. history has been the autobiography. Personal stories have saved our national soul (and personal souls) more than once.
Mar 6, 2019

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Doing Theology in a Living Laboratory

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In the learning experiences of the hard sciences, laboratories are created where students work alongside faculty to test hypotheses in the lab. The humanities and even theology can sometimes become a data download of information about a religious tradition without any real efforts to test out the theology with others. In constructive theology, a faculty member and students attempt to articulate an understandable theology for this day and time and for a particular context. Welcome to the concept of Religica, an interdisciplinary lab designed for students to engage the world with their theological understandings in new ways.
Mar 1, 2019

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Search For Meaning Empowerment Series: An Evening with Barbara Brown Taylor, In conversation with Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.

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Barbara Brown Taylor, beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times bestselling author, specializes in helping us find the sacred in unexpected places. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, she continues her spiritual journey, contemplating the many ways she encountered God while teaching a college course on the world’s religions to students in rural Georgia.
Mar 1, 2019

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From the Dean: The Crisis of Our Knee-Jerk #MoralOutrage

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Two different protest marches, a favorite Civil Rights strategy for awakening the conscience of Americans, collided with a third public demonstration and set in motion an example of the very racial, ethnic, religious and political prejudice and hate that Dr. King spent his life fighting.
Jan 31, 2019

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Faculty Profile: Rebecca Cobb, Ph.D., LMFT

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Rebecca Cobb, Ph.D., LMFT, is Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in Seattle University’s Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy program. Since she began teaching at SU in 2014, Dr. Cobb has published on topics such as intimate partner violence, spirituality, and ethics in couples and family therapy.
Jan 31, 2019

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Gathering First Fruits Summit

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The School of Theology and Ministry was invited to a large national Lilly Endowment Inc. gathering on January 16-18, 2019, that discussed a raft of funded projects dealing with the economic issues facing seminaries, congregations, denominations, seminary student debt, and ministerial retirement plans. The School’s new Leadership in Faith and Economics (LIFE) was prominently showcased in the 700-person gathering, which was called the Gathering First Fruits Summit.
Jan 30, 2019

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In Remembrance: Rev. Dr. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey

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School of Theology and Ministry beloved liturgical faculty member and theologian, Rev. Dr. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, passed away last month after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Gláucia helped promote STM’s worship policy and practice, and assisted with the establishment of the Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall.
Jan 30, 2019

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Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs Co-Sponsors Public Dialogue on Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness in Seattle

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Earlier this month, the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs partnered with the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to sponsor a presentation and discussion entitled “Wounds of Love: Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness in Seattle.”
Jan 30, 2019

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Collaboration: Engaging a Theological Degree in Our World Today

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The second of a three-part series, Collaboration: Engaging a Theological Degree in Our World Today, featured guest panelists from the region with theological degrees who helped us explore what it means to live vocationally in parish and non-parish settings on January 28th. The panels held an open discussion on their expertise and experiences they face in society.
Jan 30, 2019

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Faculty Update

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The School of Theology and Ministry would like to say congratulations to our faculty for their recent accomplishments. 
Jan 30, 2019

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Center’s Thematic Working Groups on Homelessness Meet for the Fourth Time

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The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs’ thematic working groups convened for the fourth time, along with the Center team, at Seattle University in January.
Jan 25, 2019

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Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs and UW Jackson School of International Studies to Co-Sponsor Event on Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness

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The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs is pleased to join with the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in sponsoring “Wounds of Love: Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness in Seattle” on January 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in Thompson Hall 101 on the University of Washington campus.
Jan 10, 2019

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From the Dean: Breaking Free of Our Angry Land of Make-Believe: A 2019 Resolution

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Welcome to 2019 and the promise and peril awaiting us over the next year. There is a tradition of making New Year Resolutions, a practice dating back 4,000 years to the Babylonians, that has evolved into an opportunity to make the most of the promise in a new year by trying to create new habits of thought and action, or to break old ones.
Jan 2, 2019

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Faculty Profile: Manuel J. Mejido, Ph.D.

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Manuel J. Mejido, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs and teaches courses that explore the role of faith-based organizations in civic life. Mejido is a former UN official with years of experience combining research, policy analysis, and advocacy, who has also held teaching appointments in Chile, Switzerland and the United States.
Dec 21, 2018

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2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Join us online for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Celebration, with daily videos and podcasts exploring this year's theme, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue..."
Dec 20, 2018

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Center’s Thematic Working Groups on Homelessness Meet for the Third Time

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The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs’ thematic working groups convened for the third time, along with the Center team, at Seattle University in December.
Dec 20, 2018

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MACFT on the Move

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Dr. Christie Eppler, professor and Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy program director presented "The Resilient Family Therapist" at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy's 2018 National Conference in Louisville, KY. Her presentation explored how Couples and Family Therapists can augment their self-care practices by using components of resiliency theory.
Dec 20, 2018

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Search for Meaning: Empowerment Series

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As we welcome a new year, we would like to introduce The Search for Meaning Empowerment Series. Many of you will recognize this title from The Search for Meaning Book Festival. The “Search for Meaning” will continue as a lecture series, but will expand from the original concept to curate a larger scope of people, such as artists and prominent figures, who address this broadly inspired human search to make sense of the world.
Dec 3, 2018

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From the Dean: Wanna Survive the Storm? Brush Up Your Jesuit

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On December 1, 2018, the Christian liturgical calendar entered the season of Advent, a four-week period of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is filled with readings, music, and images centering on themes of justice, peace, and the possibility of a new kind of world. It provides an opportunity for an annual renewal of the Christian community’s capacity to live comfortably and actively in the liminal, incomplete place of hope, anticipation, and longing.
Dec 3, 2018

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Faculty Profile: Valerie Lesniak, Ph.D.

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Valerie Lesniak is currently serving as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the School of Theology and Ministry. Administration is not new to Valerie as she has served both as an elementary school principal as well as a high school administrator in the lovely city of her birth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Valerie loves to travel and feels that travel is one of the best ways to earn life degrees. She has traveled all over Europe, the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia.
Nov 29, 2018

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Center’s Thematic Working Groups on Homelessness Meet for the Second Time

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The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs’ thematic working groups convened for the second time, along with the Center team, at Seattle University in November.
Nov 29, 2018

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Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy Student Chosen as Fellow for AAMFT MFP Program

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STM’s very own Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy student Kathryn McNiel was chosen as a fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Research and Education Foundation’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The fellowship program aims to expand the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and to increase the number of culturally competent Marriage and Family therapists.
Nov 27, 2018

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WAMFT Fall Conference 2018

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The Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) hosted their Annual Fall Conference on September 29th, which supported the continuing education of WAMFT members. This year’s conference focused on future trends in the MFT field, such as technology, social media, ethical engagement, and multiculturalism in family therapy. An estimated 150 participants, including some of the School of Theology and Ministry’s MACFT students and faculty, joined together for a day of learning and networking with professionals in the Marriage and Family Therapy field.
Nov 26, 2018

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2018 Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture Featuring Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee

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On Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:00 PM, in Pigott Auditorium, Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, will offer the Theology and Religious Studies Department’s Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture on “The Latinx Catholic Imagination and the Future of American Catholicism.” Her scholarship focuses on Latinx theology and the role of women in the Catholic Church.
Nov 1, 2018

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New Course for Undergraduates and Graduates this Winter – Creating Podcasts That Matter: Immigration

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Learn how to produce ​high-quality podcasts on what matters most in life, particularly those that touch upon the human search for meaning and purpose. Students will learn how to research, interview, and edit podcasts with a KUOW podcast producer. The first class will focus on immigration. Undergraduates and graduates are welcome to register through SU Online starting November 13th.​
Oct 31, 2018

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Faculty Profile: Rev. Mike Raschko, Ph.D.

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Father Michael Raschko was born in North Dakota. Luckily he escaped the ​flatlands of the Midwest when his parents moved west when he was a year old. After a bit of time in exile in Oregon, he finally found his true home in Seattle at the age of five. He has called Seattle home ever since.​ His main area of teaching is Systematic Theology but he also teaches in the areas of Religion and Science, and the History of the Church. He received Rank and Tenure in 2003 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2010.
Oct 31, 2018

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