February Edition: Faculty, Student & Alumni Highlights

Written by Hannah Crivello
February 19, 2015

Faculty

Dr. Mark S. Markuly, Dean
On January 14, Dean Markuly was a guest on The Dave Ross show, weighing in on Pat Robertson?s claim that the Haitian earthquake was punishment for a pact with the devil. Listen online here, story starts at 21:01 and Dean Markuly comes in at 24:15. On February 20, The Seattle Times will be publishing a special op-ed piece written by Dean Markuly on what Seattle can learn from cities that have reduced homelessness. He writes out of the work that the school?s Faith & Family Homelessness Project has done on the issue. Link to follow, in the school's March e-newsletter. Sign-up here.

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Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Dr. Moe-Lobeda will be a keynote speaker at the ?Why Water is Sacred? conference in Santa Barbara, CA February 22-24 on the topic of ?Dismantling Ecological and Economic Violence.? For more information, visit here.

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Dr. Rebecca Cobb
Dr. Cobb was a guest panelist at the Photo Center Northwest on Capitol Hill in Seattle on January 27, for a special ?Conversations on Mortality? gathering. The discussion was offered in conjunction with the gallery showing ?Terminal: On Beauty and Mortality? that explored concepts of death, dying and our own mortality. Dr. Cobb was the only couples and family therapist on the panel, joined by a multi-faith chaplain, neonatologist, an attorney, and the president at Kent Hindu Temple.

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Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon
As we shared last month, Dr. Kinnamon shared at the region?s annual Week of Prayer gathering on January 22. Read his message notes SUSTM_WeekofPrayer2015-RevDrMichaelKinnamonSermon, if you weren?t able to make it!

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Dr. Christie Eppler
Dr. Eppler?s paper ?Experientially Exploring the Intersections of Resiliency and Spirituality? was selected for inclusion at the upcoming September 2015 annual, national conference for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in Austin, TX. AAMFT utilizes a blind peer review process with over 400 Pre-Clinical and Clinical Fellows rating each submission using a Likert-type scale and concentrating on program balance to ensure a wide variety of presenters and session offerings to conference participants. Dr. Eppler was selected as a result of that thorough and extensive selection process.

Dr. Eppler is additionally co-presenting a workshop with Colette Casavant, see below, at the upcoming Redhawk Leadership Conference on campus March 7, entitled ?Emotionally Intelligent Relationships.? Details below.

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Staff

Colette Casavant, MAPS | Student Community & Admissions Coordinator
Colette will be co-presenting a workshop with Dr. Eppler at the upcoming Redhawk Leadership Conference on campus March 7 as shared, here. The workshop is entitled ?Emotionally Intelligent Relationships,? and will provide discussion, experiential activities, and reflection around the role of emotional intelligence in healthy relationships (e.g., friendships, romantic relationships). Participants will examine how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, and social skills are building blocks to a healthy relationship. Colette and Dr. Eppler will use interactive activities, small group discussion, and large group discussion to help attendees understand themselves and their relationships.

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Rabbi Anson Laytner? |? Program Manager, Interreligious Initiative
Rabbi Laytner accepted the invitation to present a paper on the Jews of Kaifeng, China at Ohio State University as part of a symposium on Jews in China on April 19.

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Lisa Gustaveson, MNPL? |? Program Manager, Faith & Family Homelessness Project
Lisa has been hard at work in the local, regional, and national community around the topics of equity for all people, poverty, and family homelessness. Here are just a few of her most recent updates. Along with project staff Hannah Hunthausen and current student Sheila Harper, Lisa and team led yet another Poverty Simulation Workshop at All Saints Catholic Church on January 31. This week, Lisa is presenting research and findings in a conference workshop session at the sold-out National Alliance to End Family and Youth Homelessness in San Diego, CA. Lisa was asked to present at a special homelessness topic class at Antioch University in Seattle on February 25. Lisa and the project team will be hosting a few additional Poverty Workshop dates at Newport Presbyterian Church on March 8, at Mennonite Church on March 29, at St. James Cathedral on April 18, and at Holy Names Academy for their Junior Class Retreat on May 27. Transformational Leadership alum, Liz Fenn, ?14, will be additionally assisting at the first of those dates upcoming. From May 14-15, Lisa will be presenting research and findings at the annual Washington State Low Income Housing Alliance?s annual Conference on Ending Homelessness. Project team member and current student Sheila will additionally be presenting, see ?student? section below.

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Students

Sheila Houston? |? PMC-Pastoral Leadership & Doctor of Ministry
Sheila has an incredible story to tell, and has been a leader in advocacy and awareness work around sex trafficking, poverty, and homelessness for many years. Read a Seattle Met article on Sheila, here. Sheila is founder of Rare Coins Ministries and other groups that help council young sex trafficking workers. Learn more, here. From May 14-15, Sheila will be presenting on the topic of sex trafficking and the annual Washington State Low Income Housing Alliance?s annual Conference on Ending Homelessness.



Nindyo Sasongko? |? Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality
Two of Nindyo?s articles have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journal in Indonesia. The first, ?A Mennonite Appreciation of the Eucharistic Theology of the Eastern Orthodox Tradition: Practicing Holy Envy,? will be published by Gema Teologi, an academic journal of the Duta Wacana Christian University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.? The article was a paper that Nindyo worked on Spring 2013 for the class of ?Theology in the Ecumenical Context,? taught by Dr. Michael Kinnamon and Dr. Michael Trice. The second, ?The Depth of the Unknowing: Or, How to (Un)Know God according to Pseudo-Dionysius and Raimon Panikkar,? has appeared in the Indonesian Journal of Theology (December 2014)--a double peer-reviewed online journal. A version of the piece was originally written for the class of ?Ancient Christianity History,? taught by Dr. Mike Raschko. In the article, he also quotes Dr. Raschko?s new book To Hunger for God: A Christian Understanding of Human Nature. Link to the article, here. Nindyo?s proposal entitled ?Yearning for Wholeness: Eros, Health, and Ultimate Freedom in Paul Tillich and Ramana Maharshi,? has been accepted for presentation at the Engaging Particularities XIII: New Direction in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology conference from March 26-27 at Boston College, MA. Nindyo received a Winter 2015 Academic Travel Grant from the SU?s Graduate Student Council, covering half of accommodation during the Engaging Particularities XIII conference.?

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Alumni

Karen Hollis, MDIV? |? Master of Divinity, Class of 2012
Divinity alum, Karen, has accepted the position of Campus Minister at the University of British Columbia. She has been approved for candidacy for ordination for the United Church of Canada, coming from rich ministry experiences at Plymouth United Church of Christ as Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry. Karen is happy to share that the position is the dream job she never knew she wanted! She says the students are bright and engaged, and her colleagues are gifted and love collaborating. The United Church of Canada has been incredibly open and welcoming to her, and it is proving to be a great fit for her at this time. The United Church of Christ communion still has a huge place in my heart and as both denominations are United and uniting. She is working toward a mutual privilege of her call to ministry by both communions this year as well.

Karen shares about her time at the school: "I thrived in the ecumenical environment that Seattle Univeristy?s School of Theology and Ministry fostered, and grew more curious and connected with my sisters and brothers in Christ as I moved through my Master of Divinity. I am now in an ecumenical and interfaith environment as a campus minister at the University of British Columbia, where I have joined my colleagues in leading interfaith dialogue and collaboration. The school and its unique Divinity program not only prepared me for this role, but sparked in me a passion for love and connection between people of God."