January Edition: Faculty, Student & Alumni Updates

April 2, 2016


Erica Martin, PhD

Dr. Martin’s article “Preaching Against the Text: When the Good Book Isn’t,” will soon be published in the Central Conference of American Rabbis: The Reform Jewish Quarterly. The journal will also feature her as its “keynote” in the spring edition.

Becky Cobb, PhD

Dr. Cobb, clinical coordinator for the school’s couples and family therapy program, was recently elected to the board of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT), the  professional organization for Marriage and Family Therapists in Washington State. Dr. Cobb also received the award for Family Therapy Section Outstanding Poster Award by a New Professional at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) conference--premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. Congratulations Dr. Cobb!

Michael Reid Trice, PhD

Dr. Trice presented at the second MultiReligious Belonging Conference in Phoenix Arizona.  He also presented a paper at the University of Uppsala, Sweden in early October at an international conference that covered the public religious/theological voice on issues ranging from immigration to climate policy. Finally, he presented two papers at the Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City where 10,500 people attended from around the world!


Jeny Carlson | Master of Divinity, 2016
Jeny is now working as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Sand Point Community United Methodist Church. Sand Point Community United Methodist Church is an inclusive caring community, seeking spiritual growth, committed to Christ’s work, and lovingly responding to the needs of God’s World. Jeny believes that our faith develops and thrives best in beloved community, where all have the chance to learn, question, fail, love, and grow in the caring support of others who are walking the journey of discipleship and is happy to be a part of this church community.

Nicole Chivilis  |  Doctor of Ministry 
Read Nicole’s poignant and heartfelt article recently published by the Christian Century here:https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-12/humble-connections#.Vm8Hzx8UVek.facebook. Nicole, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and hospital chaplain, challenges us to value relationships despite differing viewpoints—an important and timely reminder in this current political climate.

Dorothy  Perkins  |  MA in Transforming Spirituality

Dorothy was featured in award-winning journalist Maureen Orth’s colorful depiction of the practice of devotion to Mary all over the world, published by National Geographic! Read about Dorothy's incredible journey in the article here: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/virgin-mary-text


Jessica Wright  |  MA Transformational Leadership, 2015
Read recent MATL graduate Jessica’s moving reflection on Advent, Food Justice and her time at the School of Theology and Ministry as she calls for an end to violence and injustice. Find her reflection here: http://faith3.org/2015/12/06/day-7-december-7/

Sr. Maria Gorreth Nassali  |  MA Transformational Leadership, 2015
Sister Maria has the drive, passion, intelligence and commitment to succeed in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Seattle University, she is just lacking the funds. As an international student, Sr. Maria has not been allowed to work in the US. However, after the first year in a doctoral program she will be permitted to work and will be able to fund the rest of her education. Supported by her order, the Sisters of Divine Providence, she has been a part of the Seattle University community since 2008 and is beloved in the School of Theology and Ministry community. Visit this fundraising page created by a friend and colleague of Sr. Maria to help support her educational goals:https://www.youcaring.com/sister-maria-gorreth-nassali-436906.

Derek Farmer  |  MA Pastoral Studies, 2013
Derek  recently accepted a job at Seattle Tilth as the Program Manager for the Just Garden program and it's Food and Faith Initiative. The former builds vegetable gardens for low income families, and the latter aims to work with houses of worship to build gardens that will support local food banks and feeding programs.

Meredith Dodd  |  Master of Divinity, 2011
Meredith serves as pastor of Bear Creek United Methodist Church, a congregation that hosts Camp Unity Eastside, a homeless encampment of about 50 people. Read her compelling article published by the Seattle Times about her congregation’s transformative experience of hosting the encampment here:http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/communities-are-stronger-when-we-choose-courage-and-hospitality/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_left

Abdulah Polovina  |  MA Transformational Leadership, 2015
Abdulah joined with Seattle University professor Le Xuan Hy, PhD on a published review of Timbuktu written by Abderrahmane Sissako. The review, entitled Fundamentalist Jihad: “Where’s God in all This?” was published in PsycCRITIQUES by the American Psychological Association in December.

Tsukina Blessing  |  MA Transformational Leadership 2015
Tsukina recently began working for Real Change News as Advocacy Program Manager. Real change News is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. Tsukina is excited to be working in a position that utilizes her work and learning in the MATL program. 

Karen Davison  |  Master of Divinity, 2008
Karen recently graduated from the Police and Fire Chaplains Training program with 25 others from the Northwest area. The program is certified by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. 

Leigh Weber  |  Master of Divinity, 2014

Leigh was honored to have Dr. Sharon Callahan offer her ordination charge at her recent ordination (see photo above). Leigh is the Associate Pastor at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle.