Faculty & Staff Expand School's Reach Internationally

Written by Hannah Crivello
August 18, 2015

Throughout the month of August, faculty and staff will be traveling throughout Europe exploring new ways to bring worship and the practice of liturgy and faith expression to degrees? curriculum, student community, and in direct and indirect life of the school. As Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry has become more visible internationally, opportunities have additionally opened up for institutional partnerships and collaboration. Two groups will be visiting internationally renowned centers of prayer, meditation and worship thanks to the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and its belief in the school?s work. Dean Mark Markuly and Associate Dean Tito Cruz will be meeting with key international leaders as conversations develop for creative partnerships that benefit students and alumni in their degree programs and meaningful work.

Dr. Valerie Lesniak, Dr. Christie Eppler, and staff Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services, Dr. Colette Casavant, will be visiting the Isle of Iona in Scotland, known for its historic abbey that has long been a center of faith expression and a hub of social justice-focused work. Dr. Mark Taylor and Dr. Mark Markuly will visit the Taize community in France, an inclusively Christian monastery drawing individuals of every generation, life stage and belief system from around the world annually to mediate and sing uniquely reflective songs and chants. Dr. Tito Cruz is meeting with institutional leaders at the Irish School of Ecumenics and at the Corrymeela Community--a peace and reconciliation center near Belfast. Dean Markuly will be meeting with several individuals of forward-thinking scholarship and practice when it comes to human rights and faith leadership. Additionally, Drs. Markuly and Cruz will be visiting the Al-Mahdi Institute in Manchester, England to collaborate on a partnership for the school?s Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership.

The school has prioritized and invested in these visits to further realize its mission of preparing and empowering graduates to be true global citizens?people of faith and values working for justice in their communities and in far-reaching and global systems.

Stay tuned for post-travel stories in the September e-newsletter and news feed!