This past spring, we announced that Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry had been named one of 26 seminaries in the United States designated in 2015 as ?Seminaries that Change the World? (see the original post here). The school was recognized as a unique learning community that provides student opportunities to become a ?new face? in ministry?serving individuals and communities in careers and professional contexts that extend beyond traditional boundaries, including in leadership and non-profits, government and industry, couples and family therapy, hospital, prison and industrial chaplaincy, and more. This initiative was highlighted in The Huffington Post in April. Read the post, here.
This summer, the designated ?Seminaries that Change the World? participated in a national tour called the ?New Faces of Ministry? tour, made possible through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc. and the McCormick Center for Faith and Service in Chicago. Students and alumni from the various schools visited nonprofit, select for-profit, faith-based and service organizations to engage both traditional and nontraditional audiences around the future of theological education in the United States. Newly graduated 2015 alumna from the school?s Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program, Jessica Wright, hit the road as the school?s representative for the tour. Jessica engaged groups that are committed to smart, heart-centered, meaningful work for social justice throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast region of the United States?driving throughout Washington, Oregon and California. Jessica will wrap up her experience in the Seattle area in September and October and will be hosting three special events on behalf of the school, for individuals from various fields that are interested in engaging meaningful work through theological education.?