January Edition: Faculty, Student & Alumni Highlights

Written by Hannah Crivello
January 23, 2015

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Faculty

Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
King 5 News interviewed Dr. Markuly a few months ago on the start of Seattle's first Satanic Temple chapter. Read and watch online, here. Northwest Catholic Magazine published a special piece by the Dean in print as well as online, here, on what the concept of "freedom" means to people of faith.

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Sharon Henderson Callahan, EdD
Dr. Callahan has been hard at work on behalf of the Lilly Foundation, Inc. grant to support Early Career Pastors through the School of Theology and Ministry programs. Look for a full update in next month's February e-newsletter. Do you subscribe? Sign-up here!

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Rev. Michael Kinnamon, PhD
Dr. Kinnamon provided several days of special talks as a part of the Doreen Meekhof lectures at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, January 9-11. All three presentations dealt with the theme of interfaith relations and are available upon request (via stm@seattleu.edu). Dr. Kinnamon was also guest speaker at the school-sponsored, city-wide Week of Prayer celebration on January 22 at Plymouth United Church of Christ. Dr. Kinnamon will also be presenting at the "Interfaith Conversation on Israel-Palestine," sponsored by Associated Ministries of Tacoma / Pierce County on January 25th. Details here.

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Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, PhD
Dr. Moe-Lobeda presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics for which she also serves on the Board of Directors. The paper was entitled "Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future."

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Mark Lloyd Taylor, PhD
Dr. Taylor has been hard at work in the community with the school's annual Week of Prayer events. Check out details online, here, or via the school's Worship & Liturgy blog, here. Earlier this month, Dr. Taylor presented a paper entitled "Praying at the Edges (or Fraying?): Theology of an ?Emergent,? Anglo-Catholic Sunday Evening Eucharist,? at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Minneapolis, MN. The paper, co-authored with our school's very own Divinity alumna Rev. Alissabeth Newton, offered a description of ?Sunday Evenings at St. Paul?s [Episcopal Church in Seattle].? Dr. Taylor illustrated the liturgical theology expressed in and through this alternative worship service, and suggested that through adaptation and improvisation, it brings to the forefront counter-cultural possibilities of catholic worship often suppressed by the tradition itself. The North American Academy of Liturgy is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship.

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Michael Reid Trice, PhD
Dr. Trice is participating in the planning of of a special forum on the Ignatian Charism for Dialogue to be hosted on the Seattle University campus in May. Details coming soon! Dr. Trice recently published an essay in the upcoming Fall 2015 Ecumenism and Ignatian Spirituality: Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists. His piece is entitled "Jesuit Gifts and Ecumenical Partners at Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry." The body of work will be published by The Institute of Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. Dr. Trice has also authored a chapter in Christian-Muslim Relations in the Anglican and Lutheran Communions, with a focus on historical encounters and contemporary projects, published by Palgrave. He has additionally written a chapter in a newly edited text, entitled: A Jubilee for All Time: The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations, as published by Wipf & Stock. Dr. Trice has also published a chapter in a book entitled Lutheran Identity and Political Theology on "Lutheran Identity and Political Theology in the 21st Century," also published by Wipf & Stock. An article will additionally be published Spring 2015 by the Association of Theological Schools on the emerging vocation of faculty-administrators in theological education. Details coming soon. Dr. Trice gave a series of four keynote addresses delivered in November on the future of Christian theological identity for the Church today, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA)'s First Call Theologicans Conference. In March, Dr. Trice will be a guest of the Unitarian Universalist community in the Methow Valley, Washington. Dr. Trice will be sharing about the significance for theology of new discoveries in astrophysics. His talk is entitled "The Cosmos, God and You." Dr. Trice will additionally be presenting in March on the topic of "The Future of Interreligious Engagement: A Spirit of Generosity" at the Pacific Northwest Regional American Academy of Religion conference in Portland, Oregon. He is additionally preparing for a presentation at Georgetown University for the international conference on Vatican II, entitled "Remembering the Future of Religious Identity after Vatican II: On Gratitude."?
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Students

David Chilton? |? Master of Divinity
David is in his fourth year of the Master of Divinity program, and has just begun a Graduate Assistant position. David will be working with the school's Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue team in support of the University-wide Interreligious Dialogue Initiative through the university's office of Mission and Ministry. David says that he is very excited to be joining the team in this capacity. He shares, "I firmly believe in the words of the Second Vatican Council which encourages all people to work together across religious boundaries 'towards a world of peace, liberty, social justice, and moral values.' I am thrilled that ecumenism is an intentional aspect of ministerial formation at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, and I appreciate the steps we are making toward increasing interreligious awareness and engagement in formation as well."


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Jessica Palmer? |? Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
Jessica is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program, and recently joined the school's Marketing & Communications team. Jessica shares that she is looking forward to assisting the department with communication to prospective and current students, along with alumni and school supporters. With a background in graphic design and communications, Jessica is excited to be able to use these skills along with everything new she is learning at the school, to contribute to the department and the school overall. Jessica says, "Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry and the Transformational Leadership Program are a very important part of my life right now and I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my role here!"


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Tayla Gillman? |? Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
Tayla Gillman was named one of five Jewish educators awarded "The Pomogranate Prize" by The Covenant Foundation for their impact on the world today. The Pomegranate Prize was established in 2011 and recognizes emerging leaders in Jewish education?those in the field for 10 years or less. Talya works with Jewish communities to enable them to engage members in meaningful efforts to address social needs using the guiding values of empathy and tikun olam. Most recently, she worked at Repair the World developing social justice curricula for Jewish participants, and spent 14 months in Mumbai as an American Jewish World Service World Partners Fellow. She interned as Associate Director of International Projects for the Task Force on Human Trafficking in Jerusalem, and has served in various capacities at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. She continues to work with Jewish organizations on service and social action both informally and through her current position as Coordinator of Community Partnerships at the University of Washington?s Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center. Gillman is pursuing her MA in Transformational Leadership to apply the learning in Jewish values-based communal work. She is a StartingBloc Fellow and a member of the ROI community.

Tayla shared with us some words in response to this special honor.
?I see this [Pomegranate Prize] honor as an opportunity to explore the connections between positive character traits (empathy, kindness, generosity, critical thinking, humility, etc.) and practical and impactful social justice work. My goal is to study/support/build programs that use secular, Jewish and other faith-based teachings, rituals, vocabularies and other resources to cultivate these 'postures' in young people, believing that if we can help these traits become more authentically normative within individuals and communities broadly, perhaps we can strengthen our inclinations and abilities to address large and small-scale inequities (especially as, I believe, ever-increasing social and global complexities increasingly necessitate this kind of approach).

So I?m thrilled to have begun the Transformational Leadership program at Seattle University because I see these studies as a springboard that can help launch me from wanting to inspire and mobilize people to engage with ideas of personal interconnectedness and justice ? especially across lines of difference ? to actually being able to do so. The Learning Outcomes that undergird the program, the courses that contribute to those outcomes, and the content and experiences of the courses I've already engaged in are simultaneously affirming, provoking and inspiring. They are each helping me develop the interdisciplinary skills and holistic grounding necessary to facilitate individual and communal growth processes towards the postures and behaviors I described ? and I?m eager to continue weaving the perspectives and learnings I'm gaining from the program into my personal and professional endeavors.?


Ken Riley? |? Master of Divinity
The Romney Legacy Fund Committee and the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry announced Ken Riley as the winner of the 2014 Dr. Rod Romney Student Preaching Award. The award was established by the Romney Legacy Fund Committee to honor the great tradition of preaching embodied by Dr. Romney by supporting the next generation of preachers. Ken was born and raised in Southern California, and in 1996 joined the United States Navy--relocating to Bremerton, WA. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Kimberly--who is also a student at the school! (pictured right)--for almost 16 years, and they have three wonderful daughters: Kaylani age 12, Kaitlyn age 10 and Kaleah age 9. Ken is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program, and is endorsed by the American Baptist Churches USA in preparation for Naval Chaplaincy.

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His personal interests include watching the LA Lakers win, going on vacation with his family and watching the ?People?s Court? TV show. His favorite Scripture is Mathew 28:19, ?Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.? Ken preached at Seattle First Baptist (here pictured) on Sunday August 31st with the message: ?Letting Our Light So Shine? from Matthew 5.14-16. In his message, he stated that ?When we as the church love God with all of our heart, all of our soul and our entire mind, and love our neighbor as ourselves, the light of the Holy Spirit is able to shine throw us to the rest of the world and bring hope in the midst of darkness!?

Nindyo Sasongko? |? Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality
If you haven't already heard, Nindyo is taking over the school's Instagram account at the moment. Follow @seattleustm in the app or via Instagram.com/seattleustm for photos of "A Day in the Life" of one of our current graduate students.

Nindyo has been incredibly busy with speaking engagements, presentations, and publishing works in a variety of journals (details below). Nindyo often mentions how specific faculty, their theories, and school courses have inspired his writing. Nindyo shares "Thanks to Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry! Here I learn with experts in theology who are also teachers who make theology in-touch with daily life. It is not easy to find a school in a university setting where you can find such a great balance between theory and practice."

On November 7-9, Nindyo presented a paper at the 2014 Religious Education Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. The general theme of the conference was ?Religion Education and the (Un)Masking of Violence.? The title of his paper was ?The (Un)Holy Transvestite Body: Or, What would Hadewijch of Antwerp Say about the Muslim Waria Boarding School,? in which he quoted the work of the school's very own Dr. Tito Cruz.? The paper can be accessed online, here. On November 21-25, he attended and presented a paper in the session of "Human Ends: Deification, Transformation, and Human Freedom," of the Christian Systematic Theology Section at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The title of his paper was ?Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Erotic Experience: The Passionate Mysticism of Hadewijch of Brabant and the Question of Sexuality.? Ideas for his presentation came from the school's History of Spirituality course taught by Dr. Valerie Lesniak, as well as the History of Medieval Christianity course taught by Dr. Mike Raschko. Nindyo's paper titled ?Homo Ludens Revisited: A Theological Inquiry into Being Human from the Perspective of Javanese Children?s Play? has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2014 edition of Toronto Journal of Theology, an academic publication of the University of Toronto. The paper was a revised version of three shorter papers for a class of Christian Anthropology taught by the school's very own Dr. Mike Raschko. An additional paper titled ?A Caravan of Solidarity: An Asian Constructive Theology for a Triune Economy of Gift? has been accepted for publication in the 2015 edition of Exchange: A Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research.? This journal was published by Brill, an internationally academic publication based in the Netherlands.? The paper originated in the school's Summer 2014 independent study course with Dr. Michael Kinnamon on Global Christian Theology. Nindyo's paper entitled ?Homo Ludens Revisited: A Theological Inquiry into Being Human from the Perspective of Javanese Children Play? has additionally been accepted for publication in Toronto Journal of Theology.? It will appear in Fall 2014 edition, published this month--January 2015. The article is made up of three short papers on what is the meaning of being human, of grace, and of sin for the Christian Anthropology class in Fall 2013 taught by Dr. Mike Raschko. Nindyo would also like to give special thanks to the school's staff member, Catherine Smith, for her assistance in editing his works, as English is not his native language. On November 7-9, Nindyo additionally presented a paper at the Religious Education Association conference in Oakbrook, Chicago (as appeared in the school's e-newsletter). In this paper, Nindyo quoted the Dr. Tito Cruz?s theory on ?integrated liminality.? The paper can be accessed online, here. Also in November, Nindyo led four sessions of workshops to a group of second-generation Indonesian youth in San Jose, California. Nindyo used materials from Dr. Alexandra Kovats? Contemporary Christian Spirituality and Prayer class, Dr. Tito Cruz?s Ministry in a Multicultural Context class, and Dr. Sharon Callahan?s Fostering Communities of Faith course.

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Alumni

Maggie Breen, Class of 2013? |? Master of Divinity
Maggie is overjoyed and deeply thankful to announce that she will be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on February 8th at 6:00pm. She will there be the Associate Pastor for Youth, Families and Community. Maggie will continue to provide leadership to the ecumenical community in Renton as the Executive Director of REACH. Maggie shares, "I am so proud of this church for supporting a role that so deliberately and thoughtfully links what we do at church with how we offer love and care in the world. I am so, so thankful for the many dear friends, family and teachers who have been a part of this journey. Thanks be to God. Unbelievable."

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Jaime Yslas, Class of 2014? |? Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
Jaime continues to hold the position of Veteran Navigator at Seattle University, providing resources to the military and veteran community. As a part of his role, he is planning, hosting and facilitating a special series of "Tough Talk Cafes," which the school is also co-sponsoring. Details here.

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Lorenzo Herman, Class of 2012? |? Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
We have shared previously about Lorenzo's work in Clark Atlanta University. He is also on the council of advisers for the Lyke House Catholic Center with the university and its Interdenominational Theological Center. Lyke House is the fiduciary organization for the Atlanta Tolton Ambassadors whose mission is to raise awareness about the cause for canonization for Fr. Augustus Tolton. Fr. Tolton's family escaped from slavery in 1862, and he became the first African American to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest from the United States in 1886. If canonized by Pope Francis, Fr. Tolton would be the first US born priest to be a saint. Lorenzo wrote a grant to support their operating expenses. Monsignor Branch announced that the grant was awarded by the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia for $3,000. The Georgia Bulletin shared the story, here, with photo below.

Lorenzo wrote over one million dollars of grant proposals last year with a 28% ROI, surpassing a 25% goal.

Lorenzo's paper entitled "'If the Lord Ordained Me, I Need Nothing Better:' The Spiritual Logic of Old Elizabeth" has been accepted for presentation at the National Council for Black Studies 39th Annual Conference, March 11-14 in Los Angeles, California.