The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement (CEIE) was launched on July 1, 2021, within the Office of the Provost at Seattle University.
CEIE is committed to teaching and learning in the areas of theology and ministry, bringing forward in new ways the core features of this inspiration that was historically carried by the School of Theology and Ministry, and predecessor bodies. The center is currently planning certificate programs that will serve a range of student populations, and these certificates will be presented in partnership with a new unit at the university dedicated to assisting this purpose.
The new non-credit bearing certificate programs will offer flexibility and versatility for a wide range of students, including university alumni, those currently serving in ministerial roles, those seeking formational theological knowledge for use in their community, and those aiming to develop new ministerial capacities (for instance, in spiritual direction).
In consultation with discernment teams that include current STM students and alumni, and core constituency partners and colleagues, CEIE will begin exploring themes and topics such as: Lay Ministry in a Catholic Context, Marginalized Communities and Being Church, Ecumenical Ministry in a Challenging Age, Religious Literacy, and more. To facilitate certificate development, CEIE also convenes scholars and practitioners and is creating relevant curriculum and audio and video resources for further refinement in its certificate programs.
Jesuit institutions of higher education aim to educate individuals and “transform cultures and societies” (GC 36, D1, n.34). We 'educate persons of integrity who will take up responsibility for themselves, for others, and for the earth that we all inhabit to make the world a better place.'– Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus