Faculty at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry actively contribute to some of the most crucial conversations around world issues affecting our local communities, state legislature, and national character. The school ensures that courses are taught by those who know the subject matter best and have lived experience of the material. The school’s faculty are continually learning, researching, and publishing in their respective areas of expertise. This November, a number of the school’s faculty, including Drs. Martin, Cruz, Hearn, and Trice, presented and conducted panel discussions at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). AAR brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its annual meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.
Dr. Erica Martin presided over a discussion in the area of Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies entitled “Teaching Violent Texts.” Dr. Martin and colleagues explored the theme of violence in scripture, like the presence of intimate partner violence in the book of Hosea. Dr. Tito Cruz participated in a panel discussion organized by the Religion and Migration Group entitled: Religious Transition and Immigrant Communities within the Roman Catholic Church in Japan. His colleagues on the panel included: Drs. Takefumi Terada and Ria Fitoria (Sophia Jesuit University, Tokyo Japan), Alec LeMay (Bunkyo University Japan) and Kei Kato (Kings College of the University of Western Ontario, Canada). He also participated in the Association of Practical Theology session on a newly published book by Brill-Leiden, Belgium, entitled Conundrums in Practical Theology, to which he contributed a chapter. Dr. Michael Trice conducted a round table discussion entitled, “Living Into the Hyphen: the Faculty-Administrator,” which explored the hyphenated phenomena, or the dawning of the faculty-administrator. The session presented and encouraged scholarship on the topic of the faculty-administrator, with the hopes of supporting professional development. Fellow faculty member and Director of Contextual Education, Dr. Mark Chung Hung, participated in the roundtable discussion. Dr. Hearn also presented a book review of his book with the Korean North American goup entitled: Religious Experience among Second Generation Korean Americans.