SUmmer Quarter Snapshot from Dr. Callahan

Written by Hannah Crivello
July 24, 2013

Dr. Sharon Henderson Callahan, Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Life, describes in her own words what Summer Quarter is like at the School of Theology and Ministry:
"Our summer session is always exciting and engaging! Research has demonstrated that intensive learning often creates the opportunity for understanding to last longer. We seem to start a new quarter almost every week with visiting professors and practitioners inviting students to immerse themselves in an exploration of new topics every week from mid-June through early August. The student body shifts as the courses shift. Community life in the McGoldrick Collegium and the local restaurants and coffee shops increases networking and creativity. This year students explored courses on themes of communities of faith, conflict mediation, technology and gospel, working in the urban contexts, spirituality, and professional identity as pastoral counselors. The weather, the city life, Seafair celebrations, and frequent conversations spice the summer with joy, expectation, and hope. By August, we are all ready for the lazier days of renewal and refreshment that allows us to ponder the intensive activity the summer quarter demands."
Here's a brief snapshot of a few of our summer courses:

  • Dr. Mary Hess, Ph.D taught a course for students this summer on the topic of "Gospel and Global Media Cultures." One of our Master of Divinity students, Melissa Smith, created an animated video to the tune of Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night." You can take a look here. The course challenged students to create media related to being a pastor and leader in our contemporary culture. Students learned hands-on how media can help create an experience for individuals and community of faith.

  • Carol Gunther, MDIV and John Reid of the Reid Group taught an insightful course also earlier in the summer on "Conflict Management" which integrated clinical knowledge and research with practical skills and spiritual depth. Students learned how to mediate conflict among parties with different agendas, cultures, and religious dispositions.