Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry offers diverse programs such as the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs, Contextual Education Internship Program, Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, The Search for Meaning Book Festival and Empowerment Series, and Worship & Liturgy.

Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs brings together theologians and social scientists from across the country and globe, in dialogue with community stakeholders from the Puget Sound region, with the aim of unleashing more effective faith-based responses to our most pressing social problems.

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Contextual Education


We’ve reimagined what it looks like to meld classroom learning with practicum and internship learning throughout each degree program. The School of Theology and Ministry’s Contextual Education internship program places students with nonprofit-organizations, hospitals, government agencies, for-profit companies, and places of worship for the purpose of integrating student learning with meaningful work in the greater Seattle community.

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Worship & Liturgy

Join us as Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry faculty, staff, and students gather to pray and worship together, link classroom learning and scripture study with liturgy, and deepen spiritual exploration in community. The School of Theology and Ministry’s Worship & Liturgy Blog is curated by Rt. Rev. Edward Donalson III, DMin.

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Search for Meaning

The Search for Meaning Book Festival evolved into a signature Seattle University event. Launched in 2009, the festival features a veritable who’s who of the literary and scholarly worlds, with over 50 best-selling authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more. The Book Festival has drawn over 425 distinguished authors to campus, including 24 award winners, four New York Times best-sellers, three Pulitzer Prize winners and the author of a major motion picture. Past guests include Mary Oliver, James Martin, S.J., Michael Chabon, Sherman Alexie and Anne Lamott. Due to resources, The Book Festival, is currently on hiatus, but the lecture series will continue in a different format.

The Search for Meaning Empowerment Series

Many of you will recognize this title from The Search for Meaning Book Festival. The “Search for Meaning” will continue as a lecture series, but will expand from the original concept to curate a larger scope of people, such as artists and prominent figures, who address this broadly inspired human search to make sense of the world. Last year the School began experimenting with such speakers in the 2017-18 academic year, inviting Muhammed Yunus, the Nobel-prizing winning economist and pioneer of the microcredit and microfinance movement; Khizr Khan, the Pakistani-American lawyer and Gold-star father who lost a son in the Iraqi War in 2004; James Comey, the former Director of the FBI; and former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry. All of the speakers addressed capacity crowds.

We hope you will join our transformational journey with The Search for Meaning Empowerment Series for the human quest to make deeper sense of all the changes in the world.

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