Transformational Leadership Student on ?New Faces of Ministry? Tour

Written by Kristina Alvarado
April 29, 2015

Transformational Leadership student and soon-to-be 2015 alumna, Jessica Wright, is about to hit the road on a ?New Faces of Ministry? tour representing Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry. Last month, we announced?that the school had been named among the 26 U.S. seminaries designated in 2015 as ?Seminaries that Change the World.? McCormick Center for Faith and Service in Chicago has asked representatives from each of the named seminaries to participate in a national tour of religious and service organizations to engage both traditional and nontraditional audiences about the future of faith and theological education in the United States.

Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry was recognized as one of the ?Seminaries that Change the World? because of the school?s commitment to educate students ready to transform the church and the world. ?Students in degree programs at the school make connections between faith and service and are educated to become the next generation of idealists, activists, volunteers and servant-leaders committed to a faith that does justice. ?

With our changing world, the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University is offering student opportunities to participate in the ?new faces? of ministry, in careers and professional contexts that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional ministry, including leadership in non-profits, government and industry, couples and family therapy, hospital, prison and industrial chaplaincy, and other areas. With this ?Seminaries that Change the World? tour, the school will have the opportunity to engage 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, and beyond.

As a new graduate of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, Jessica Wright will represent the school from her place of deep, personal connection with the school?s unique mission and its growing learning community. In addition to her studies in the Transformational Leadership program, Jessica has worked hard this past year as a graduate assistant in support of the school?s Economics & Pastoral Leadership Project. Through her degree program?s Contextual Education internship requirement, Jessica has worked with Seattle Tilth--a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization that provides hands-on garden, farm, food and environmental education & job training. Before coming to Seattle University, Jessica served as a Mennonite Volunteer, and has worked with students in all stages of higher education in a variety of professional roles.

If you?d like Jessica to come to your nonprofit, workgroup, or faith community, let us know! Contact and we?d be happy to learn more about your setting.?