Project Wisdom: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the School of Theology and Ministry and 50 Years of Graduate Theological Education

November 27, 2017

Eighty alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered on November 13th to celebrate two important milestones in our history, the 20th Anniversary of the School of Theology and Ministry and 50 years of graduate theological education. This event was the capstone for a year-long effort, called Project Wisdom, to capture and document this history of the school in all of its developmental stages, funded by a grant from Jack and Maralyn Blume.


The celebration started with a tour of the School of Theology and Ministry archives in the Lemieux Library with project consultant John Reid. The dinner program included reflections on the differences and similarities of our work nearly a half century ago and today. Guests shared memories of personal experiences in graduate theological education at Seattle University. This video set the stage for the evening, with two panel STM-HistoryBook-Cover-200pxdiscussions framing a view of the school’s past and future. An additional outcome of Project Wisdom is a written school history published in booklet format which will be available in December.

Guests lifted up their hopes for the future of the school, which included dreams that the school would:

"continue to lead and transform people of faith"

"continue opening doors to a broad variety of students"

Student scholarships are at the center of the school's ability to open doors and transform. If you would like to learn more about opportunities to support School of Theology and Ministry scholarships or find out how to get the history booklet, please contact Maria Groen, 206-296-6955 or

As one current student shared at the event, "I hope students of the future receive the same love and support I've had in such a transitional moment in my life."

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