September Edition: Faculty, Student & Alumni Updates

Written by Hannah Crivello
September 26, 2014


Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD
Dean Markuly attended the 16th annual Floating Lantern / Toro Nagashi ceremony hosted by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order in Oahu, Hawaii this past Memorial Day weekend. Dr. Markuly participated in a week of special events around interfaith dialogue perspectives. Read more on the ceremony, here. Dr. Markuly joined Dr. Christie Eppler at The Siegel-Gottman Summit on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26 in Seattle. Dr. Markuly is particularly interested in themes of neuroscience and neuro-biology that come up in relationship research.?


Dr. Christie Eppler
Dr. Eppler attended The Siegel-Gottman Summit per notes above, representing the school as faculty and interim program director of the school's Couples & Family Therapy program, the Master of Arts in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy.

Dr. Erica Martin
Two books have recently been released in which Dr. Martin authored a chapter. I am pleased to announce that two new books have just been released in which I am a chapter author. The Anselm Companion to the Bible. Carvalho, Corrine L., ed. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2014. Her chapter is titled "The Christian Bible and the Jews." The second is that of The Anselm Companion to the New Testament. Carvalho, Corrine L., ed. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2014. Her chapter is titled "The Christian Bible and the Jews."

Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Dr. Moe-Lobeda provided a plenary lecture at the "Justice in Society" Conference at Pacific Lutheran University on Thursday, September 25th. She also was honored to receive an endowed lectureship at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan on Monday, September 22nd, the 39th Annual Luther Lecture. Details here. Her talk was entitled "Climate Justice: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation."? In her presentation, she addressed the ethics of our responses to climate change, arguing that the structural evils embedded in inequitable global economic and political arrangements need to be met with resistant love, not as an emotion but as a hard-nosed practical vocation. She is critical of Christians for aiding and abetting climate injustice, but also finds within the Christian tradition the resources to meet the growing present crisis with hope. Having addressed audiences around the world, she spoke specifically to each local situation while also placing it into a global framework. Dr. Moe-Lobeda will also be presenting at a special ecumenical conference on climate change "Why Water is Sacred" at La Casa de Maria in Santa Barbara, California, February 22-24, 2015. Other speakers will include Diana Butler Bass, Ched Myers, and Larry Rasmussen. Details in a downloadable flyer, WaterFlyer Final.


Corey Passons - Master of Divinity
Current Master of Divinity student, Corey, will be sharing original songs and storytelling at the upcoming "Night Song" event at All Pilgrims Christian Church on Capitol Hill in Seattle--Sunday, October 12 at 7:00pm. Corey has been a local singer-songwriter for some time, and after sixteen years of fronting various Pacific Northwest rock and folk-rock groups is exploring his own songbook as a solo, acoustic artist. The "Night Song" experience is geared to build community and connection through music and storytelling.

Nindyo Sasongko - Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality
Nindyo's proposal, entitled ?The (Un)Holy Transvestite Body: Or, What Would Hadewijch of Antwerp Say about the Muslim Waria Boarding School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia,? has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Religious Education Association Meeting November 7-9 in Chicago. The idea of the topic stemmed from School of Theology and Ministry course, History of Christian Spirituality, taught by Dr. Valerie Lesniak. Nindyo shared part of the paper in the last session of the class. Nindyo is humbled and honored to receive the news, as this is his fourth paper that has been accepted for presentation in an academic community within this year.?

Gayle Johnson - Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership
The Seattle Times' Business Section "On the Move: Noteable Hires & Promotions" featured Gayle on Monday, September 8th--announcing her new position of Senior Director of External Relations at the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish. Gayle shared with us a few words about how the Transformational Leadership program has been instrumental in her own professional development.?

"I have been impressed with the school's emphasis on social justice.? I am also impressed with the deep level of reflection that is required throughout the curriculum. I have learned that a transformational leader is a self-aware individual.? It's an indivdual who has done a lot of soul-searching to understand their belief system and what makes them tick.? The Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program has helped me to become conscious of my internal guiding system, and understand how I formulated by values and beliefs--but most importantly how I can change them if they no longer are working for me. I have also learned that Transformational Leadership is as much about understanding myself as it is about understanding others.
Seattle University has been a great inspiring journey for me.? I have been able to connect with a diverse group of people with diverse ideas and opinions. I have been able to have amazingly inspirational professors who not only bring the academic learning into the classroom but the spiritual learning as well. Seattle University is a place of grounding and expansion and I would recommend it to anyone."


Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Master of Divinity? | Class of 1991
In the past two years, Nancy has been hard at work! Here are just a few of her incredible achievements. Promoted to:? Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Ministry, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry

  • Awarded:? Loretto Legacy Award for Religion and Theology, 2012?
  • Author of:? ?Resistiendo al Feminicidio, Interrogando la Salvaci?n? In La Teolog?a de la Liberaci?n en Prospectiva. Tomo I ? Trabajos Cient?ficos.? Ed. Fundaci?n Amerindia. Montevideo, Uruguay: Doble clic,? 2012: 718-726.? e-book.
  • Author of: ?Redemption, Latinas, and the Contribution of Rosemary Radford Ruether? In Voices of Feminist Liberation:? Writings in Celebration of Rosemary Radford Ruether.? Edited by Emily Leah Silverman, Dirk von der Horst and Whitney Bauman. Bristol, CT:? Equinox, 2012: 151-170.
  • Author of:? ?Feminicide and the Reinvention of Religious Practices? In Women, Wisdom, and Witness:? Engaging Contexts in Conversation.? Edited by Rosemary P. Carbine and Kathleen J. Dolphin. Collegeville, MN:? Liturgical Press, 2012: 61-74.
  • Co-editor of Book:? (Along with Richard Lennan) Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment.? Paulist Press, 2013.
  • Author of :? ?Hope and Salvation in the Shadow of the Tragedy? In Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment. Edited by Richard Lennan & Nancy Pineda-Madrid? (Paulist Press, 2013)
  • Author of:? ?Social Salvation in the Shadow of Feminicide? In Translating Religion, College Theology Society Annual Volume 58.? Eds. Mary Doak and Anita Houck. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2013: 87-103.
  • Author of:? "The Virgin of Guadalupe:? "Dar a Luz" In All Holy Men and Women. Edited by Thomas Kane.? (Paulist Press, 2014)
  • Elected:? President Elect of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS)?
  • Elected:? Vice President of the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT)

Maria Ochoa, Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality | Class of 2012
In July, Maria co-presented at the Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference (JAA) hosted by Fordham University in New York City. Along with Erik Mertens of Gonzaga University (Alumni Faith Formation Coordinator), she presented a session called "Inspiring Ignatian Values for Everyday Life: Spiritual and Faith Formation for Jesuit-Educated Alumni" for professionals working in advancement, particularly alumni relations, development, marketing communications, public and government relations. The aim of the session was to collaborate and share best practices we have developed as Mission & Ministry professionals serving alumni from our respective institutions, primarily through ministry and faith-based programming.

Drea Chicas, Master of Arts in Transfomational Leadership | Class of 2013
In September of 2013, Drea joined the staff at Urban Impact (a faith-based non-profit that serves families in the Rainier Valley). Upon being hired, Drea immediately began conducting organizational conversations that would help launch the first CDF Freedom Schools in the state of Washington. Early on, she conducted social and power analysis and diagnosed a question: What would motivate a 27 year old organization to change its longstanding Summer Day Camp model of 21 years to a national curriculum model called CDF Freedom Schools? Drea knew that the CDF Freedom Schools model had more to offer children and youth then the organization's longstanding model, as she had worked with the CDF Freedom Schools model for many years in California. The CDF Freedom Schools model inspires children to fall in love with reading and learning through multicultural books and a social justice curriculum. Drea shares that she used all of her MATL training to lead a grassroots and community-wide initiative that has successfully launched CDF Freedom Schools in Seattle this past summer. For more information, visit here.

Julie Johnson, Master of Divinity | Class of 2014
Julie is happy to announce that she was ordained by the Presbytery of Olympia as a Co-Pastor at Lakewood Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 28 at 3:00pm. Congratulations, Julie!