Building Skills for Faith-Based Community Development


Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs
2018 Professional Development Series

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Offered by the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs, these courses aim to build skills for more effective faith-based responses to our most pressing social issues. They also explore the challenges of articulating an inclusive theological language for community development.

Courses draw on on-going research by Center scholars and the work of the Puget Sound Interfaith Network for Public Theology. Participants will have access to this cohort of theologians, social scientists, faith leaders and community partners through videoconferencing, guest lectures and the Center’s April 2018 symposium on homelessness and affordable housing.

These courses can be taken stand-alone or as part of a sequence. Space is limited. Register today.

STMPD 9701: Understanding Faith-Based Organizations & Community Development

Monday evenings: January 8 to March 19, 2018

This course examines the legacy of faith-based social service provision and advocacy in the United States and the Pacific Northwest. Topics include: First Amendment issues; the changing landscape of religion; shifts in social and urban policy; types of faith-based interventions; models of community development and human flourishing; and theologies of social engagement.

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STMPD 9702: Surveying Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness

Two weekends: April 14-15 and May 12-13, 2018

This course surveys faith-based initiatives to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis in the Puget Sound region and a select number of other urban centers across the country and globe. Topics include: determinants and demographics of homelessness; policy and stakeholder responses; assessment of faith-based interventions; and theologies of homelessness.

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STMPD 9703: Best Practices Workshop on Faith-Based Interventions to End Homelessness

Two weekends: July 14-15 and August 4-5, 2018

This course invites participants to identify challenges for more effective faith-based responses to homelessness in the Puget Sound region; examine successful faith-based interventions in urban centers across the country and globe; and consider new and innovative initiatives. Issues could include: fostering interfaith & cross-sector partnerships; enhancing the recruitment, training and retention of volunteers; and articulating an interfaith theology of homelessness.


If you have any questions, please contact: Hannah Hunthausen, Coordinator, Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs, (206) 296-6954,