Preview: Summer Quarter Faculty & Special Courses

Written by SA-Worker18 student
May 21, 2015


Though Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry welcomes renowned guest faculty as adjuncts and visiting professors year-round, the Summer Quarter is a special time of year for special course offerings and faculty to from out of region or out of the country. This summer is no exception, and the school is proud to welcome scholars and practitioners that have much to add to the learning community and to students? programs of study.

As we shared last month, Dr. Ruby Takushi, LMFT (pictured left) will be facilitating STMC 5540 ?Group Theory and Techniques,? which is open to students outside of the school?s couples and family therapy program as well. Read more about the class,?here. ?Dr. Rebecca Jeney Park-Hearn will be co-teaching STMM 5530 ?Pastoral Care Skills? with visiting Professor Linda Martinez-Greer (pictured right).?The class is a favorite, and the co-taught experience is bound to be rich for students.

Here below are additional select classes and faculty that will be joining us this Summer Quarter 2015.

Dr. Michael Battle ?| ?STMD 6910 ?A Christian Spirituality of Restorative Justice?

The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Episcopal Divinity School, has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, received his master?s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master?s of Sacred Theology from Yale University and a PhD in theology and ethics, also from Duke. He was ordained in 1993. ?Battle?s clergy experience, in addition to his current church work, includes serving as vicar at St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, NC, rector at Church of Our Saviour, in San Gabriel, California; rector at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, N.C.; and interim rector or associate priest with other churches in North Carolina and in Cape Town, South Africa. On two occasions he moved into churches located in ethnically changing neighborhoods (to Asian in one and to Hispanic in the other) and helped both to adapt and grow. He also served as provost and canon theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. In 2010, Battle was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as ?Six Preacher,? by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. ?A distinction given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the church that goes back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer.?

Battle?s academic experience includes service as associate dean for academic affairs, vice president and associate professor of theology at Virginia Theology Seminary; as associate professor of spirituality and ?black church studies, at Duke University?s Divinity School; and as assistant professor of spiritual and moral theology in the School of Theology at the University of the South. ?Battle has published nine books, including ?Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu,? and the book for the Episcopal Church?s General Convention, ?Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me.? In his PeaceBattle Institute he works on subjects of diversity, spirituality, prayer, race and reconciliation. Almost since its inception, he has served as pastor and spiritual director to hundreds of clergy and laity for CREDO for the Episcopal Church. He has also served as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, the House of Bishops and, in 2008, was chaplain to the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops. He is a featured keynote speaker and has led numerous clergy and lay retreats, including the bishops? retreat of the Province of the West Indies. In addition, Battle has served as vice president to the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi?s Institute for Nonviolence. ?Battle and his wife, Raquel, were married by Archbishop Tutu and are parents to two daughters, Sage and Bliss, and a son, Zion. ?All of whom were baptized by Archbishop Tutu as well. Michael lived in residence with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa for two years, 1993-1994 and was ordained a priest in South Africa by Desmond Tutu in 1993. ?Michael has written out of his studies and friendship with Desmond Tutu.

Course Description:

What We Are About. In this course we investigate a Christian spirituality of peacemaking, justice and reconciliation in which God?s aim for creation is not destruction?rather, restoration. This course will help ministers realize their agency to move faith communities to participate consciously in what God is already doing to redeem the world. Students will take seriously the meaning of Christian spirituality in this endeavor as themes of neighbor, prayer, forgiveness, violence, recidivism, public square, and spiritual disciplines make sense of how God uses persons for restorative rather than retributive justice. And yet, the difficult questions of justice and reparation will also be taken seriously as we wrestle with appropriate responses to injustice and sin. In our investigations, we will use both theological texts and current literature written from a wide range of perspectives. We will also engage provocative media with the intention to learn from and critique interpretations of justice in light of our participation in God?s restoration of creation.?

Learning Outcomes, students will:?

  • Deepen individual skills to create and foster restorative justice?
  • Deepen agency in spiritual communities to practice restorative justice?
  • Increase capacity to impact others through social media?
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach restorative justice.?


Dr. Elizabeth Drescher ?| ? STMM 5610 ?Contemporary Christian Spirituality & Prayer?

Elizabeth Drescher, PhD is a scholar, author, educator, and speaker on the spiritual lives of ordinary people today and in the past. She is the co-editor of The Narthex, a magazine that explores the changing contours of American Christianity. She is the author of three books, most recently,?Changing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America?s Nones?(Oxford, forthcoming) and a numerous of academic articles.?

Dr. Drescher has been the recipient of a number of grants for her work, including a journalism fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for its ?New Directions in the Study of Prayer? initiative. . A highly regarded commentator on contemporary religious and spiritual life, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Sojourners, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Religion Dispatches. Learn more at and find Dr. Drescher on Twitter @edrescherphd and Facebook.

Dr. Drescher is on the faculty in religious studies and pastoral ministry at Santa Clara University. She is a also consulting scholar at The BTS Center in Portland, ME and teaches religion and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to important themes in contemporary Christian spirituality and to a variety of approaches to prayer as they play out in a complex and changing American religious context. Applying these themes (ecological awareness, embodiment, contemplation, and action dialectic, etc.), students reflect upon and articulate their personal spirituality and evaluate theological and pastoral implications of different approaches to spirituality and prayer. Class sessions will include lecture, prayer experiences, reflective times, and discussion.

Dr. Mark Peters ?| ?STML 5910 ?Social Entrepreneurship?

Mark Peters?received a Bachelors degree in Economics from Georgetown University and then pursued a business career in New York City, working in a variety of business disciplines. ?Over the past twenty years, Mark has worked for and consulted with a variety of institutions, including: large corporations, professional organizations, hospitals, churches, and universities. ?He now owns and operates a leadership consulting firm which serves individuals and small businesses.

Mark earned a Masters Degree from the Boston College School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. ?He has taught in a variety of disciplines including: Business Management, Organizational Leadership, Economics, and International Business, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. ?Most recently, Mark served on the Faculty of Semester at Sea teaching courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Global Development, and International Management.

Mark has always endeavored to incorporate a global perspective in his teaching and research, most recently designing a course that includes travel to Africa studying sustainable development. ? A few summers ago, Dr. Peters completed a world tour researching microfinance institutions and visiting universities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. ?During his world travels, Mark has worked in Italy, Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, and spent a summer traveling through India.

Dr. Peters? postdoctoral research interests include: exercising more authentic personal leadership; promoting successful entrepreneurship and small businesses development; and empowering leaders to serve the common good. ?His most recent publication critiques the leadership of a unique global movement to promote economic justice.

Course Description:

Social entrepreneurship is the study of business strategies, tools and approaches that address intractable social problems. Said efforts may take place within a nonprofit or for-profit setting (the latter in several different corporate structures/legal forms). Students will learn about the history and evolution of social entrepreneurship. The course will pay particular attention to the most successful social entrepreneurial ventures across the globe. Students will critically analyze and evaluate a variety of innovative approaches that are being employed to address difficult social problems. Working in teams, students will create their own social venture, including a viable business plan for its inception and development.?

A key objective of this course is to raise awareness around the variety of ways that leadership for positive social change is being exercised around the globe. The course?s ultimate aim is to inspire concerned global citizens to exercise transformational leadership that is not afraid to collaborate across sectors of society (businesses, governmental agencies, NGO?s, and civilian initiatives) to achieve scalable solutions, which deliver measurable social and economic results.

Dr. Martha Morgan ?| ?STMC 5760 ?Spiritually-Infused Systemic Child and Adolescent Treatment?

Dr. Morgan?is currently full-time faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Alliant International University at their San Diego campus. She has been in this position since August 2010. In her role as faculty she has had the opportunity to work with students in a variety of ways. She teaches both MA and PsyD students, and serves on various committees within the program, department and university. She has served as chair and committee member for both their doctoral exam and dissertations.

Her current clinical work includes seeing clients at Volunteers of America (VOA). The clients she serves in this position are currently on parole and often recently released from prison. Some of her clients would be homeless if they were not able to live at VOA. Her clients present with a variety of challenges including; substance abuse, domestic violence, generational patterns of poverty, low education, low skills, etc. She also sees clients at Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center (TPPRC). The clients she works with at TPPRC are young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. She has provided one-on-one parenting education for the women who have decided to parent their child. She has also held bi-monthly parenting groups for young women ages 17-24.

Her educational background includes earning a PhD from Texas Tech University in August 2010 in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Earning a MS in MFT from Oklahoma State University in August 2006. She has a MEd. In Adult Education with an emphasis in training and development and a BBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from University of Central Oklahoma.

She was recently named the 2013 Oklahoma Department of Student Access TRiO Achiever of the year. She was also named the South West Student Assistance Program TRiO Achiever of the year for 2013. During her doctoral work she was part of the inaugural class of AAMFT/SAMSHA MFP in 2007. Learn more,?here. ?

Course Description:?

Utilizing research, family systems theories, and theological reflection, students will study the growth, development, assessment, and treatment of children and adolescents in individual and family contexts. Students will demonstrate knowledge and use of systems theory and family theories and techniques (e.g., play therapy, filial therapy, narrative interventions) in order to provide competent, ethical care and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. Specific emotional and behavioral disorders will be examined, especially as they relate to family functioning. Child, adolescent, and family spirituality and resiliency will be explored.

Dr. Jessica ChenFeng, LMFT ?| ?STMC 5510 ?Advanced Relationship and Pastoral Therapy Skills?

Dr. ChenFeng?is Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at the California State University at Northridge. She has a Ph.D in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and a Bachelor of Arts in Design / Media Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. ChenFeng?s areas of research include Chinese American families that identify as Christian, couples and family therapy with socio-emotional relationship therapy intertwined, as well as gender discourses and their impact on couples therapy. Dr. ChengFeng comments:

?My expertise is in working with individuals, teenagers, couples, or families in regard to how culture, spirituality, and gender affect significant relationships. My particular specialty is in working with Asian American families, whether parent-child, marital, intergenerational, or adult child issues. ?I also have a heart to support the families of those who work in ministry or in missions. ?If you or your family is going through a challenging time, my hope is to come alongside to support you through the process of moving towards relational health and wellness. My years in ministry and training at Fuller Seminary have given me both personal and professional experience in working with issues of faith and spirituality. Our experiences with faith can be so beautiful and at times so painful; this is something I love exploring with clients. In the therapy process, I value hope, faith, grace, truth, kindness and goodness. No matter where you are in your life circumstances, relationships, or faith journey, if you are open to growth and the possibility of experiencing a new fullness in your life, I am happy to walk with you.?

Course Description:

This course provides advanced skill formation for therapists. Theological, systemic, and family therapy theory will be integrated to provide competent and ethical practice. The course will utilize theological reflection, theory, and research. Role-plays will afford students the opportunity to demonstrate skills such as active listening, reframing, and questioning. Students will learn how to develop, maintain, and terminate clinical relationships, establish goals, design intervention strategies, evaluate therapeutic outcomes, and write intake, treatment, and safety plans. Majors only.

  • Through lecture, reading, class discussion, role-plays, group process, and writing exercises students will become familiar with the structure and practice of therapy
  • Students will articulate the essential tasks and skills necessary for beginning, implementing, and terminating a therapeutic relationship
  • Students will deepen their understanding of what it means to approach the counseling task with openness to the presence of diversity.
  • Students will demonstrate the beginning ability to assist and facilitate growth toward mental and /or spiritual, emotional, interpersonal, behavioral health and wholeness and/or maturity.
  • Students will demonstrate a commitment to ongoing personal growth, and to implementing self-awareness and use of self in clinical practice.