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    The Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (MA-RIS) is one of four master of arts degrees that Seattle Pacific Seminary offers. SPS also offers a master of divinity (MDiv) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.

Are you interested in being part of a thriving seminary community in a rich, urban setting? Do you want your graduate studies to affect not just your mind, but also your heart? Join us in a fellowship of learning, discipleship, worship, and mission, where you and your study of theology can flourish. With a unique model of theological education we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®,” Seattle Pacific Seminary will equip you for ministry in the 21st century.

Seminary Degrees

As a Seminary student, you can choose from four Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and four Dual Degrees (MBA, MST) — as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies — all of which support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

Seminary News and Events

Palmer Lecture 2015 Q&A Synopsis

Dr. Fowl took questions at the close of the Palmer Lecture.  Dr. Daniel Castelo, Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology at SPS, brought up the topics of fasting and theological anthropology.  Dr. Fowl commented that fasting both sharpens our attentiveness to hearing what God is calling us to do and enriches our enjoyment when the fast is over.  

Read the full Q&A portion here.

Palmer Lecture 2015 Synopsis

"Since 1978, the Palmer Lecture series has sought "to bring the best minds and hearts in Wesleyan theology and biblical studies to campus to discuss the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective.”  This year’s lecturer, Dr. Stephen Fowl is SPU’s scholar in residence for the academic year.  This year’s Palmer Lecture is entitled, How to Eat Until We are Full:  Idolatry and Ways to Avoid It.  Much of Scripture’s reflection on idolatry is in the prophets, Fowl says.  When a prophet comes on the scene, things are already in a pretty bad way.  Unless we are vastly different than our forefathers, then we too can be blinded by our other-than-god pursuits and unwilling to confess to our waywardness."

From the Associate Dean's Desk: Why Bother Going to Church?

"I received a thoughtful reply to my recent blog post, titled “Is Membership in the Church a Requisite for Saving Faith?” posted on January 20, 2015.  My correspondent wrote, '[I]t seems churches continue to struggle with declining attendance among young people, but anecdotally, I find so many adults also seem to struggle with going to church these days.  You’re answering a different question in [your post], but while reading it I found myself wanting you to answer the question, 'Why should Christians not give up on church?''"

To find out Dr. Steele's response, click here for the full post.

Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend February 2015

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 20 and 21.

Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty, and students, along with others who are considering seminary.

"Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice" Reflection

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel who mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears.  Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to the O Israel.  We, the gathered in First Free’s sanctuary, are led by a 14-person worship team, sing after a welcome by SPU’s Chaplain Bo Lim, Dean of the School of Theology Doug Strong and Director of the John Perkins Center Tali Hairston.  Ransom us, indeed, O Lord.  How long will we be captivated by systems that benefit some at the expense of many?  Lonely exile, indeed, Lord.  How long will our black sisters and brothers be exiled from justice and thus of peace?  Rejoice?  Rejoicing is the hard choice we make in hope: You are who You say You are so we wait for You."

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A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture's Story

A written collaboration by the Seattle Pacific Seminary (SPS) faculty, this is a compact introduction to the Bible. This video features SPS professors and authors Dr. David Nienhuis and Dr. Rob Wall, who provide some background on their new book and what they hope readers will get out of it.


Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend February 2015

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 20 and 21, 2015. Learn more here.


From the Associate Dean's Desk

Insights from the Associate Dean himself -- sharing stories, thought-provoking topics and anecdotes you would hear in a sermon, the classroom or over a cup of coffee.


New Church and Parachurch Staff Tuition Discount

The Seattle Pacific Seminary Tuition Discount Program is now extended to both church and parachurch full- or part-time staff.

The program offers a 50 percent tuition discount for a students first year of enrollment with SPS, or the first 40 credits of Seminary courses (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters), whichever comes first.

For more information, click here.