406, 2020

Prayers of Our Heart

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|Tags: , |

Greetings everyone. This week we would like to acknowledge the feelings of grief and loss that many of us are experiencing during this time. Grief from the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19. Grief from the loss of loved ones due to police brutality and racism. Grief from first-hand experiences of racism in America. Grief from the constant images of violence, murder, and unrest. You are seen. You are [...]

2705, 2020


By |May 27th, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|Tags: |

Whenever imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy is threatened the dominant culture hunts Black bodies. There is something about losing a firm grip on power and privilege that taps into a primal fear that often manifests as rage directed toward marginalized people. The global pandemic known as Covid-19 seems to be threatening the stability of every power structure. Economics, education, politics and government, and every sector of public and private life [...]

2005, 2020

Purpose Statement and Prayer of Light – Willie Heard IV

By |May 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|Tags: , |

Throughout the past couple of months, the lives of many people have slowed down, allowing time for reflection as well as doubt.  I’ve noticed that some of us are struggling with a sense of purpose and are beginning to doubt our abilities. I want to challenge us to create or review a purpose statement this week so that we might gain clarity as to what we are trying to accomplish [...]

1305, 2020

Healing & Protection – Willie Heard IV

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|Tags: |

In our current reality of difficulty and unrest, may we have been taught how to love our neighbor better, how to show deep appreciation and care for our world, and how to take joy in the little things. While many states are gearing to reopen, I’d like to lift a prayer of protection for all of us. May we display wisdom in our interactions and may we continue to take [...]

505, 2020

A Blessing Prayer – Submission by Willie Heard IV

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|Tags: |

Blessed are those who yearn for Truth, For the presence of God follows them. Blessed are those who are experiencing grief, For God shall welcome them with open arms. Blessed are those who humbly put their trust in God’s plan, For they shall surely see it come to fruition. Blessed are those who seek to live upright, For they will not be disappointed. Blessed are those who forgive, For they [...]

2804, 2020

Living in a Developing Nation amidst COVID-19

By |April 28th, 2020|Categories: Center News|

The spread of the virus COVID-19 has truly disrupted our way of life, and it will surely continue to do so, even after this pandemic is over. As college and university students in the United States, we were sent back to our home towns as our in-person classes have been suspended and moved to online platforms. For all of us, the life we enjoyed attending classes and spending time with [...]

2304, 2020

A Prayer of The Saints – Willie Heard IV

By |April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|Tags: , |

Greetings to you all. I pray that this past week was good to you and I wish you and everyone you are connected to love and light in abundance. Now, I would like to invite us to examine the incredible qualities of tenacity, wisdom, strength, and courage as achievable realities. Tenacity is the inability to give up easily and the persistence to meet a goal. Wisdom is a combination of [...]

1504, 2020

Gratitude to God – Making Sense

By |April 15th, 2020|Categories: Center News|

I’ve been thinking about this question – ‘does gratitude to God make sense today?’ – following the deaths of three close friends in these past three weeks.  At a Center dedicated to the wisdom of religious and spiritual traditions across the world, it helps in times like these to ask the most important questions in the clearest possible form.  What do we make of gratitude to God in times like [...]

1404, 2020

COVID-19 Strategic Prayer Points – April 14, 2020

By |April 14th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|

Let us pray for grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and those with essential jobs Let us pray for those who are facing unemployment Let us pray for comfort and patience while in isolation Let us pray for wisdom, strength, and faith beyond our own Let us pray for those who are grieving from the sudden loss of loved ones Let us pray that our necessary items are available at grocery [...]

904, 2020

Radical Good

By |April 9th, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|Tags: |

No theologian of any reputation would dare to tackle the entirety of evil or theodicy and yet we know the first task of theology is to critique the revise the language of the church. This includes not only the language of uttered speech but also the language of radical involvement in the world.[1] To that end, we will engage in looking at moral evil, which manifests as radical suffering [...]

804, 2020

A Hindu Prayer – Let Us Be United

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: Hindu, Prayer|Tags: |

A Hindu Prayer Let Us Be United Let us be united; Let us speak in harmony; Let our minds apprehend alike. Common be our prayer, Common be the end of our assembly; Common be our resolution; Common be our deliberations. Alike be our feelings; Unified be our hearts; Common be our intentions; Perfect be our unity. - Rig Veda

804, 2020

Virtual Prayer Pop-Up, Wednesday, April 8 from 12:00-12:15 p.m.

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: Events, Spiritual Triage|Tags: , , |

Please join Dr. Edward Donalson, Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry program, Willie Heard, Liturgy and Worship Student Worker, and Carolyn Dougherty and gather for a Virtual Prayer Pop-Up to support one another and prayerfully navigate these turbulent and changing times. The next pop-up is Wednesday, April 8th from 12:00 - 12:15 pm. Join Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 491 852 7623 One tap mobile +12133388477,,4918527623# US (Los Angeles) +12532158782,,4918527623# [...]

204, 2020

On the Front Lines of the Pandemic

By |April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Jewish, Prayer|Tags: |

Another week is coming to an end and we still find ourselves navigating the crisis of effects that the Coronavirus has introduced to our country and world. As we realize how interconnected we are with one another, we must evaluate our greatest values and find how to put them into action during a time like this if we are to exceed as humanity. Christians are taking up their ethic of [...]

104, 2020

Grief is a Teacher

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Center News|

SU Campus | by Kurt Lorenz On this past March 23rd, Scott Berinato interviewed the foremost expert on grief, David Kessler, in an article titled: That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief.  Kessler’s comments hit a public nerve at the unsettling confluence of a lack of feeling safe today amid a lack of a sense of hope for tomorrow.  Except for specific accounts in medical and personal journals of [...]

104, 2020

Can I Get a Witness?

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|

Transitions are opportunities to let go of what was and embrace a preferable future.  We find ourselves in a sea of transition at this moment in history, the likes of which most of us have not experienced before.  Even for those among us old enough to have lived through war and other pandemics, the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and global communications have never provided such access during a [...]

104, 2020

The Other Side of the Virus, An Opportunity to Awaken…

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Prayer|Tags: |

Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise        You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet        The sky is no longer thick with fumes        But blue and grey and clear. They say that in the [...]

2603, 2020

An Examen for Life During COVID-19

By |March 26th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|Tags: |

Today, I would like to invite us to participate in a prayerful reflection in the form of an Examen. Examen’s are a useful technique for connecting with God and/or our inner being. They consist of reflective ways to acknowledge God’s presence and our emotions, as well as noting what we are grateful for. The Examen arises from the Jesuit tradition as it was created by St. Ignatius of Loyola. [...]

2003, 2020

A Leader’s Prayer – Submission by Willie Heard IV

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

I’d like to draw our attention to the many leaders that are being challenged, questioned, and pushed in this hour as the weight of responsibility has drastically increased. The pressure to perform and bring ease to the world has increased as spiritual leaders are tasked with inspiring hope, political leaders have their hands full, and medical professionals search for answers. Leaders are not defined as the dominant, controlling ones in [...]

2003, 2020

A Message to the Church

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|Tags: |

The Church is not now, nor has it ever been a monolith. Church shows up in various expressions and manifestations of the Universal mystical body of followers of the teachings of Jesus. The current global crisis provides us with an opportunity to see, experience, interrogate, and innovate the many ways of being Church in the world. At its best, the Church is a community bound together by the willingness [...]

2003, 2020

The Humor That the Human Spirit Generates – Submission by Mark S. Markuly, PhD

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|

The internet is already starting to demonstrate some of the humor that the human spirit generates in times of greatest trial. Some of my favorite from the stream of messages sent to me today: "I've yet to decide where to spend my spring break. I'm torn between my living room or my bedroom." "Today's Drink Specialty: The 'Quarantini' – it's a regular martini, but you drink it alone in your [...]

2003, 2020

A Prayer During Times of a Pandemic – Submission by Mark S. Markuly, PhD

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|

May we who are merely inconvenienced, Remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors, Remember those most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home, Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close. Remember those who have no place to go. [...]

2003, 2020

An Examen for Times of Anxiety and Depression – Submission by Rev. Dr. Edward Donalson, III

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|

I pause (breathe in and out) and thank you for this day. For the challenges, the emotions, the struggle. For in all this, I grow closer to you. I pause (breathe in and out) and ask that in the darkness, I see your light and in my fear, I feel your strength. I pause (breathe in and out) and remember that today, As in days before, I have survived. When [...]

2003, 2020

Michael Meade, a quote from St. John of the Cross

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

Michael Meade, writing for the Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, located on Vashon Island, begins a blog with a quote from St. John of the Cross that is profoundly relevant to our COVID-19 moment: “If a person wishes to be sure of the road on which they tread, they must close their eyes and walk in the dark.”

2003, 2020

A Moment of Gratitude – Submission by Willie Heard IV

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

We have found ourselves living in a time of extremes, where illness, fear, and stress have struck our nation and world and uncertainty has become the prevailing currency. It has become our challenge to embrace hope as we scramble to find flexible methods to remain healthy, prevent the spread of disease, protect the vulnerable, and continue our school and work responsibilities. It is important that we’re aware of our thought [...]

2003, 2020

Brother Richard Hendrick’s poem “Lockdown” has gone viral

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

Brother Richard Hendrick, a Capuchin Franciscan living in Ireland, has penned a touching poem about coronavirus. Brother Richard shared his poem “Lockdown” in a Facebook post on Friday, March 13. His original post has received more than 19k positive reactions and has been shared more than 34k times. Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. [...]

2003, 2020

Prayer of St. Francis

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace – That where there is hatred, I may bring love- Thank where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness – That where there is discord, I may bring harmony – That where there is error, I may bring truth – That where there is doubt, I may bring faith – That where there is despair, I may bring hope [...]

2003, 2020

The great vow for mindful activists

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|

“Aware of suffering and injustice, I, _________, am working to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. I promise, for the benefit of all, to practice self-care, mindfulness, healing, and joy. I vow to not burn out.”

2003, 2020

From 12 Step Spirituality

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer|

Today I humbly ask my Higher Power For the grace to find the space between my impulse and my action; To let flow a cooling breeze when I would respond with heat; To interrupt fierceness with gentle peace; To accept the moment which allows judgment to become discernment; To defer to silence when my tongue would rush to attack or defend. I promise to watch for every opportunity to turn [...]

2003, 2020

A word from the Reverend Lynn Ungar, the Unitarian Universalist poet laureate…

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Prayer, Unitarian Universalist|

Pandemic What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are [...]

2003, 2020

Joan Halifax Roshi asks us to STOP

By |March 20th, 2020|Categories: Buddhist, Prayer|

Joan Halifax Roshi, an American Zen Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality asks us to STOP in this time of pandemic: STOP: S–Stop; T–Take a breath; O–Observe what is going on, gathering information as to what you sense, i.e., what you see, what you taste, what you hear, what do you feel. And, in the short amount [...]

1903, 2020

Buddhists chant the Tara Mantra to bring peace of mind

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Buddhist, Prayer|

The Dalai Lama suggested that Buddhists chant the Tara Mantra to bring peace of mind, and freedom from anxiety: Tibetan teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche last Saturday posted on his website a set of mantra and prayer recitation instructions in response to students asking about what they can do about the coronavirus outbreak.

1903, 2020

To Bend Light, provides prayers in the Jewish tradition

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Jewish, Prayer|

To Bend Light, provides prayers in the Jewish tradition from Alden Solovy, a Jewish liturgical scholar: Source of healing, Cast the light of health and well-being On those who’ve been exposed to coronavirus, Those who have contracted the disease, And those — God forbid — who contract the disease in the future. Bless them, protect them and bring them speedily to full recovery. Bless all who are ill With healing of [...]

1903, 2020

A Litany Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Episcopal, Prayer|

A Litany Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak (written by an Episcopal Priest) God the Father, Have mercy on us. God the Son, Have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.  Most merciful God, we come to you in this time of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. As the sorrows of our heart and mind increase, we beseech [...]

1903, 2020

Pope Francis asks us to pray for those in leadership

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Catholic, Prayer|

During a brief homily at a small Vatican celebration of the Eucharist, Pope Francis asks us to pray for those in leadership, especially because they often need to make decisions “for our own good” that can make many of us angry: offers a prayer for Mary’s intercession in this time of the coronavirus pandemic: O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. [...]

1303, 2020

An Introduction of Hope

By |March 13th, 2020|Categories: Spiritual Triage|Tags: , |

I cannot recall a period in my life when every social institution seemed to be facing uncertainty at the same time, considering what we are experiencing at this particular moment in history. The Coronavirus has upended all sense of normalcy here in the Pacific Northwest, across the United States, and throughout the global community. I intuit that people everywhere are struggling to make sense out of the world and [...]

403, 2020

This Week on Transcendence. We.

By |March 4th, 2020|Categories: Center News|

Each year for the past three years an Egyptian-U.S. Delegation meets in early March. Approximately 20 of us gather – scholars, practitioners, journalists, religious representatives, and members of the Egyptian parliament, who do our utmost to understand the realities of one another’s religious and political contexts. The annual delegation is convened by Jennifer Cate, the exemplary Executive Director of Hands Along the Nile. As a delegation, this week we met [...]

403, 2020

Multifaith Perspectives on Family Therapy Models

By |March 4th, 2020|Categories: Faculty|Tags: , , |

Drs. Christie Eppler and Rebecca Cobb co-authored “Multifaith Perspectives on Family Therapy Models” in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy. This qualitative research analyzed how thirty-seven participants from six faith orientations, including 20 denominations or sects, perceived the alignment between their faith traditions and family systems theory, structural family therapy, Bowen’s multigenerational theory, and narrative family therapy. Patterns across responses indicate that family systems theory concepts are compatible across diverse faith [...]

1902, 2020

Meet Shannon Maricielo

By |February 19th, 2020|Categories: Center News|

Shannon Maricielo’s interest in interfaith chaplaincy work drew her into her studies at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) where she is completing her MA in Couples and Family Training (MACFT) program, and will graduate in June of 2021 with a MACFT and a Post-Master’s Certificate of Transforming Spirituality. Shannon has been a student worker at STM for about a year and a half. She was drawn to [...]

502, 2020

Prophetic Praxis

By |February 5th, 2020|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , |

The empire known as the United States of America currently has a Commander and Chief who invites a Tuskegee Airman and honors Rush Limbaugh simultaneously at the State of the Union with no sensitivity to how polarizing that is, particularly in Black History Month. The occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. should discern the optics, which clearly commodify Black bodies while simultaneously extolling the system of white supremacy that continues [...]

302, 2020

Rose Murphy – Student Affiliate Extraordinaire

By |February 3rd, 2020|Categories: Center News|

Rose Murphy is an exceptional person and one of the Student Affiliates at the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs. From the perspective of Generation Z, Rose is energized by the modern-day relevance of many faith traditions. These traditions provide post-modern insights and different perspectives to classical wisdom. This is really true in her work contributing to a new Center resource on Homelessness. Rose recalls how the Hebrew Scriptures teach [...]

202, 2020

Podcast – Take a listen!

By |February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Center Blog, Center News|Tags: , , |

The Realities and Perils of Unity Today: NCCC General Secretary, Jim Winkler, and Center Director, Dr. Michael Reid Trice, discuss the realities of religious unity in a complicated global context today. Take a listen on the Center Soundcloud page, in cooperation with the Religica Theolab.

2001, 2020

Arun Gandhi Visits the Center

By |January 20th, 2020|Categories: Center News|Tags: , |

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and author of The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather will be visiting the Center and the University April 21-24, 2020. He will co-teach with Center Director Dr. Michael Reid Trice among other activities. Information is forthcoming.

1601, 2020

News from the Center Director

By |January 16th, 2020|Categories: Center Blog|Tags: |

Renowned Scottish Poet, Robert Burns, penned Auld Lang Syne in 1788. You might recognize it, as scores of millions sing it around the world at the stroke of midnight as we ring in a New Year. The poem begins with a question: Should we forget those who have shaped our past in the “long, long ago?” The poem concludes that, rather than forgetfulness, we may instead raise kindness by the cupful in [...]

801, 2020

The Gift of a New Year

By |January 8th, 2020|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , |

The opening of a new decade (according to the Gregorian calendar) has seen a full-scale display of the interlocking systems of oppression that terrorize humanity. Fueled by the military-industrial complex, the imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy has once again shown the world it will stop at nothing to protect its self-interest. The collusion of interlocking systems of domination and oppression has produced an American plutocracy which serves only the special interest of the wealth class and ultimately is headed by [...]

2012, 2019

From the Dean: Celebrating What Lasts: A Pathway to Hope

By |December 20th, 2019|Categories: From the Dean|

Nothing lasts forever. So believed Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic philosopher of the 6th. century B.C.E., who famously hypothesized that change is the one unchangeable reality of the cosmos. No one “steps into the same river twice,” he is attributed with saying. And, how true this insight seems in the topsy-turvy world of the past few years, which seem like a roller-coaster ride through the uncertainty, turmoil, and impermanence of relentless [...]

1612, 2019

This Christmas

By |December 16th, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , , |

As we engage the celebration of Christmas this year I wonder what it is we are really celebrating? I lift the celebration of Christmas here not as an act of Christian privileging, rather because there is a way Christmas seems to have been commercialized as a toll of capitalist greed in a way that other socio-religious holidays have escaped. There is no Hanukkah or Kwanzaa media marketing frenzy designed [...]

312, 2019

In Pursuit

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , , |

According to the Gregorian calendar, we are just about a month shy of a new decade. The state of the world on the brink of this new decade is encouraging and discouraging simultaneously. While we have top government officials denying the reality of global warming, we also live in a time where global communication is easier than it has ever been in the known history of the world. While [...]

1911, 2019

Theological Education in Review

By |November 19th, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , |

Education is the pathway to freedom, and theological education is the foundation of any society’s understanding of what it means to be a free human. This is a matter of tremendous significance in this contemporary political moment when freedom of every sort is under direct attack. “To be free” indicates the ability to deal with the realities of one’s situation in order to not to be overcome by those [...]

1211, 2019

Let’s Talk About Sex

By |November 12th, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , , |

One of the hardest things for people of faith in community to talk about is sex and sexuality. The stigma and taboo of sexualized discourse in the North American church has its roots in the Puritanism of our nation’s theological roots. This tension around sex and sexuality is inextricably linked to our desire to avoid conversations about and simultaneous obsession with genital contact. The pulpit has become the last [...]

811, 2019

STM Community Conversations

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Events|

STM Community Conversations Building Community—one conversation at a time! Quarterly gatherings with faculty, students and staff Thursday, November 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – HUNT 110 Join Rev. Mark Chung Hearn, Ph.D. as he facilitates a dialogue entitled “Five Learning Spaces: in divisive and polarizing times, what kinds of space does a learning community such as ours offer one another and society?" You are welcome to bring your lunch! Questions? See Carolyn [...]

711, 2019

From the Dean: School’s Back in Session: Time to “Un”learn

By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: From the Dean|Tags: |

At the beginning of every school year, it is customary to talk about the exciting learning opportunities students will have as they drink in knowledge from the courses prepared for them by their teachers and professors. Students buy books to read; they purchase notebooks to fill up with new information; and, they order new computers or tune-up old ones to cruise the web for data about all kinds of [...]

611, 2019

Who We Are

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: , , |

In the United States of America we are one year away from a Presidential election that begs the question, who are we and who do we want to be as people in the world?  More directly the church is being asked, what does it mean to be followers of the teachings of Jesus? What is the relevance of the church and how does the church speak to society?  This [...]

411, 2019

Third Tuesday of the Month Community Lunch* and Conversation

By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: Events|

Join us for our Third Tuesday of the Month Community Lunch* and Conversation with Dr. Erica Martin, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Carolyn Dougherty, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services Noon—1:00pm HUNT 110 — October 15, November 19, March 17, April 21, May 10 ADMN 203 — January 21, February 18 Build community | share joys | encourage one another | support the STM experience | ask [...]

111, 2019

STM Gathering of Sacred Presence

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |

Join us for a non-sectarian gathering of sacred presence for STM students, faculty, & staff every Wednesday, 12:35 p.m.–12:50 p.m., 2nd floor of Hunthausen Hall at the School of Theology & Ministry's Common Space adjacent to the Center for Religious and Wisdom and World Affairs. We sound a bell to open and close the meditation. Enter quietly if already started, leave when you need to. Guidance will be offered [...]

3110, 2019

Compassion 2020: with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By |October 31st, 2019|Categories: Events, Search for Meaning, University News|Tags: , |

The Association of Washington Generals Presents: Compassion 2020 Join us for a live 90-minute streaming interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama Sunday, November 10th, 6:30 pm Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium This is a FREE event Compassion 2020 is a statewide program that will give a select group of students from Washington the life-changing experience of traveling to Dharamsala, India as “Compassion Scholars,” along with a distinguished delegation from the [...]

1810, 2019

Search for Meaning Empowerment Series: Timothy Egan

By |October 18th, 2019|Categories: Events, Search for Meaning|Tags: , |

NYT columnist and National Book Award winner, Timothy Egan speaks at Town Hall (October 15) about his new book that was released Tuesday, “Pilgrimage to Eternity.” Egan’s book describes his pilgrimage through Europe in search of making sense of his childhood faith, which he abandoned as a young man. He went off on the journey after the convergence of three experiences: - his amazement of the character and tone [...]

2009, 2019

Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture (ICTC) welcomes Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez as the Interim Director

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Faculty|Tags: , |

The Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture (ICTC) welcomes STM Faculty member Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, LMFT as the Interim Director and Malcolm and Mari Stamper Endowed Chair in Catholic Intellectual and Cultural Traditions. Working alongside Dr. Rodriguez are two STM alumnae, Jessica Palmer, Assistant Director, and Amber Larkin, Program Coordinator. Please stop by the ICTC Office in Lemieux Library 659 to say hi and learn more about the ICTC programs [...]

1709, 2019

STM Faculty Awarded Wabash Grant

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Academic News, Faculty, University News|Tags: |

STM Faculty, Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz, was awarded the 2019-20 Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness $5,000 grant. Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz’s grant entitled, “Sharing Experiences: exploring the use of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm for the development and advancement of critical race consciousness in the classroom” has been approved for funding. The Wabash Center is a program funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

1709, 2019

Search for Meaning Empowerment Series: Josh Campbell

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Events, Search for Meaning|Tags: , |

Join us for a conversation with Josh Campbell, author of Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI. Tuesday, October 22 Doors open: 6 p.m. – Program: 7 p.m. Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium Moderated by Dave Ross, host of Seattle’s Morning News on KIRO-FM. Tickets: $7 in advance, available online: Book available at Elliott Bay Book Company and also on sale at the event. About the Event [...]

2208, 2019


By |August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Doctor of Ministry Blog|Tags: |

Danger! The church has blood on her hands once again. When we are silent or soft-spoken about the evils of empire, the blood of the innocents cry out in condemnation of our cowardice. Too long have we pretended that the United States of America is a democratic republic founded on the principles of Christianity and ignored the fact that from the very moment the colonies organized themselves they conspired [...]

2108, 2019

Walk with Archbishop Tutu: South African Travel Seminar Course

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Academic News, Events|

Taught by Professor Michael Battle | Herbert Thompson Chair of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center January 8-15, 2020 • $2800.00 (Airfare not included) photo by Sumaya Hisham The Very Reverend Dr. Michael Battle returned to the School of Theology and Ministry this July to once again offer his course: STMA 5910 A Christian Spirituality of Restorative Justice. In addition, the General Theological Seminary and the [...]

2108, 2019

STM Reflection Event (Fall 2019)

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Academic News, Events|Tags: |

STM sponsors a Day of Reflection event every Fall Quarter. The event is free and offered in an all-day Saturday format. Attending an STM Reflection Event completes that formation requirement for the year. The next Reflection Event will be on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8am-4pm at the Peace and Spirituality Center at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue. RSVP for the event here.

108, 2019

From the Dean: Protecting Our Children from America’s Political Chaos

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: From the Dean|Tags: , |

August 2, 2019 Now that the Democratic primary debates have begun, the United States is formally into its next national election cycle. Two things will happen over the next 15 months – the nation will experience our democracy at its best, and we will witness our humanity at its worst. As parents and grandparents, we need to make sure our children understand and are inspired by the former, and [...]

108, 2019

Wabash Center Awards Faculty

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Faculty, University News|Tags: |

STM Faculty, Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz, was awarded the 2019-20 Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness $5,000 grant. Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz’s grant entitled, “Sharing Experiences: exploring the use of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm for the development and advancement of critical race consciousness in the classroom” has been approved for funding. The Wabash Center is a program funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

3107, 2019

2019 Cohort of the Doctor of Ministry Program

By |July 31st, 2019|Categories: Academic News, University News|Tags: , , |

Gratia vobis et pax, The Jesuit mission and charism is being fully realized in the Invenio Cohort of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Invenio means to discover and this cohort show an energy and breadth of experience from which we know they will discover new ways to impact the world. This group of brilliant scholars representing multiple minoritized populations is taking seriously the scholarly and practical work of engaging [...]

3107, 2019

STM Welcomes New Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services, Carolyn M. Dougherty, MAPC

By |July 31st, 2019|Categories: Staff, University News|Tags: , |

Many of you may remember Carolyn from her time as a student in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and her work as a graduate worker who managed our continuing education newsletter. Carolyn is returning to STM after six years of exceptional service at Recovery Café. If you are not familiar with Recovery Cafe, it is a Seattle non-profit that offers a supportive, therapeutic community and school for [...]

2907, 2019

Search for Meaning Empowerment Series: Timothy Egan

By |July 29th, 2019|Categories: Events, University News|Tags: , |

Photo by Ruth Fremson Join us for an evening with author Timothy Egan, as he speaks about his latest book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. Tuesday, October 15 - 7:30 p.m. Town Hall - 1119 8th Ave, Seattle $35 admits ONE and includes one book. $40 admits TWO and includes one book. Tickets available at About the event A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome [...]

1005, 2019

An Interfaith Trip Through the Holy Land!

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: Faculty|

School of Theology and Ministry (STM) Core Faculty member Erica Lee Martin, Ph.D. and STM alum (2016) Corey Passons, MDiv led a thirteen-day Interfaith Tour of Israel and Jordan April 22-May 6, 2019. The tour group was comprised of STM Alumni and members of local churches, synagogues, and the Community for Interfaith Celebration in Olympia, WA. The group toured historical, religious and environmental sites in the North of Israel [...]

2804, 2019

Search For Meaning Empowerment Series: An Evening with Frank Fromherz

By |April 28th, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Join us for an evening with author Frank Fromherz, as he speaks about his latest book, A Disarming Spirit: The Life of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. Tuesday, May 21 Pre-lecture reception at 6:30 p.m. (Open to everyone) Lecture at 7:00 p.m. SU Campus - Student Center 160 Books will be available for purchase at this event. For more information contact Jessica Palmer,

1704, 2019

From the Dean: Can We Resurrect from Our Death Spirals?

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: From the Dean|

April 17, 2019 Over the past few years there have been many studies on the increasing levels of anxiety and depression in the United States, and the consequences these negative forces are having on our physical and mental health. According to the Center for Disease Control, as just one instance, the nation’s life expectancy has declined for the second year in a row in 2018. Drug overdoses, chronic liver [...]

1704, 2019

Alumnae Karen Georgia Thompson nominated as next AGM of Global Engagement

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: University News|

April 17, 2019 The United Church of Christ Executive Board, in its March meeting in Cleveland, has affirmed the nomination of the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson for the position of Associate General Minister of Global Engagement and Co-Executive of Global Ministries, the common overseas ministry of the UCC and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). With her nomination confirmed unanimously, General Synod delegates will vote to elect Thompson in [...]

1704, 2019

Barbara Brown Taylor Search for Meaning Empowerment Series

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: University News|

April 1, 2019 The Search for Meaning Empowerment Series welcomed Barbara Brown Taylor, an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian on Monday, April 1st at Elliott Bay Book Company. Dean Mark Markuly facilitated questions about her fourteenth book, Holy Envy, in front of a packed room. In 2014, Barbara Brown Taylor was named TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

1704, 2019

Online Learning Workshop

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: University News|

March 14, 2019 Approximately a dozen members of STM Core & Adjunct Faculty and Staff had the benefit of a very informative and fun workshop designed to expand their capabilities with the learning management system, Canvas, and other instructional technologies and ideas. This specific workshop was designed by STM’s Blended and Online Learning Team (BOLT) and the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) to address the school’s specific [...]

603, 2019

From the Dean: Autobiographies That Save Our Soul

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: From the Dean, University News|

March 6, 2019 Humans have an obsessive need for story-telling. We tell stories because they help us see patterns in human behavior and the world around us, and the patterns make life seem less random and chaotic. Stories position us in our history; they make us aware of a higher order, an organization, and a meaning to our experiences, especially the disrupting ones, than those experiences often feel. The [...]

103, 2019

Search For Meaning Empowerment Series: An Evening with Barbara Brown Taylor, In conversation with Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.

By |March 1st, 2019|Categories: University News|

March 1, 2019 Barbara Brown Taylor, beloved spiritual teacher and New York Times bestselling author, specializes in helping us find the sacred in unexpected places. In Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, she continues her spiritual journey, contemplating the many ways she encountered God while teaching a college course on the world’s religions to students in rural Georgia. Christians are taught that God is everywhere—a tenet [...]

103, 2019

Doing Theology in a Living Laboratory

By |March 1st, 2019|Categories: University News|Tags: |

March 1, 2019 In the learning experiences of the hard sciences, laboratories are created where students work alongside faculty to test hypotheses in the lab. The humanities and even theology can sometimes become a data download of information about a religious tradition without any real efforts to test out the theology with others. In constructive theology, a faculty member and students attempt to articulate an understandable theology for this day [...]

3001, 2019

Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs Co-Sponsors Public Dialogue on Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness in Seattle

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

January 30, 2019 Earlier this month, the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs partnered with the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies to sponsor a presentation and discussion entitled “Wounds of Love: Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness in Seattle.” The event was moderated by James Wellman, Chair of the Jackson School’s Comparative Religion Program and Global Christianity project, and featured a presentation by Center scholar Paul Blankenship, followed by reflections from a [...]

2501, 2019

Center’s Thematic Working Groups on Homelessness Meet for the Fourth Time

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

January 25, 2019 Earlier this month, the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs’ (CRWWA) thematic working groups met for the fourth time to continue their collective problem-solving efforts. These working groups, made up of practitioners from over 20 faith-based and community organizations from across Puget Sound, are organized around responses to homelessness where faith-based organizations (FBOs) have played a particularly important role. At the January meetings, members of the encampments [...]

2510, 2018

Center Announces its June 2019 Professional Development Workshop: Problem-Solving to Enhance Faith-Based Responses to Homelessness

By |October 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

This past year, the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs rolled out a series of courses around faith-based responses to homelessness and the affordable housing crisis.   The three-course sequence brought together a cohort of practitioners from key local faith-based organizations (FBOs), including Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army, Bridge Care Center, and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, in a rich exchange around how FBOs can more effectively address our [...]

1611, 2017

Can the Catholic Church Overcome Its Sex Abuse Scandals?

By |November 16th, 2017|Categories: From the Dean|Tags: , , |

September 1, 2018 American Catholics, and anyone else taking seriously the role of religion and faith in American society, are now processing an intense level of disillusionment, frustration and anger. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 884-page grand jury report on the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 youth by as many as 300 Catholic clergy is so troubling that it is difficult to find appropriate words to describe it. [...]

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