News

What’s happening at SPU? This is where you’ll find the latest news about research, events, activities, achievements, and milestones in the life of SPU and its people.



  • Def Poetry Jam Night

    Feb 11, 2016

    This Black History Month event on Friday, February 12, is a celebration and exploration of the rich tradition of poetry in African American culture.

  • “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Ancient World”

    Feb 6, 2016

    Assistant Professor of Classics Owen Ewald looks at the creative works of early writers during the annual C. May Marston Lecture.

  • Special Guest Speaker in Chapel

    Feb 5, 2016

    Dr. Soon-Chan Rah is teaching the first course in SPU’s new Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry degree.

  • One Student’s Idea

    Feb 3, 2016

    Maya Swinehart spoke with NPR-affiliate KPLU about her work with Campus Dining Services and Sodexo to give unused food to those who need it.

  • Theology, Technology, and Culture

    Feb 2, 2016

    SPU professors will talk about developing a framework for digital wisdom, which includes theological principles, cultural critiques, and formative practices.

  • The Illusion

    Feb 1, 2016

    The SPU Theatre Department presents this Tony Kushner play about an aging father, his estranged son, and an all-knowing magician.

  • "Black Vespers"

    Jan 31, 2016

    To celebrate Black History Month, join an evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings featuring the SPU Gospel Choir, faculty members, and special guest concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho.

  • GOLD Alumna of the Year

    Jan 27, 2016

    Learn more about alumna Moorea Seal '09 ― artist, entrepreneur, and "Pinterest phenomenon.” 

  • Racial Reconciliation and the Church

    Jan 24, 2016

    How can we connect God’s concern for justice and reconciliation to the ministry of discipleship and worship in our churches? This two-day forum for church leaders will explore ways to take the next steps.

  • A Perfect Retreat Location

    Jan 23, 2016

    A leadership team was looking for a retreat venue close by, surrounded by forest, conducive to building community, and lots of open space to play their favorite outdoor activity. 

Dr. Christopher Jones and a young patient

Holistic Health Care in the Rainier Valley

Dr. Christopher Jones ’94 hopes the families in his medical practice never need to ask: “Is my kid sick enough that I should pay for a doctor’s visit?” Medical director of HopeCentral, a nonprofit health center, he and his team have adapted the concept of concierge medicine to a diverse Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders

What Makes Us Moral?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders earned a $10,100 Graves Award in Humanities for his research project, “The Structure of Moral Judgement: Philosophical Perspectives.” His research responds to recent arguments that human beings’ concepts of morality are just a quirk of evolution and don't connect to anything deeper.

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