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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 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?

"Let me acknowledge at once that while a major reason for people’s discouragement with the church lies in their false expectations, an equally important reason lies in the church’s all too frequent failure to offer worship that is religiously inspiring, ethically challenging, aesthetically elegant and intellectually robust.  Christian worship should be all of those things, and when it is not – for example, when the preaching is dry and shallow, or wild and shallow; when the music is dull and poorly performed, or trite but overly theatrical; when the ceremonies are stuffy and formulaic, or utterly lacking in dignity and decency – people can’t be blamed for voting with their feet.  Or rather, people who are frustrated by the stupidity and tastelessness of what so often passes for Christian worship should demand better of their churches.  If you go to a hardware store hoping to buy a hammer, and find that all the hammers in stock have splintered handles, you’d have good grounds for refusing to patronize that establishment again, or, better, for complaining to the store owner."

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.

From the Associate Dean's Desk: Is Membership in the Church a Requisite for Saving Faith?

“Every so often, a student will ask, ‘Why do I need to attend church? Doesn’t my salvation depend on believing what the church teaches—which should be nothing more and nothing less than what the Bible teaches?’ But the inference that participation in the church is unnecessary for a person’s salvation is wrong. And to see why it’s wrong, let’s tinker a bit with the thought experiment, using the basic story line from the movie, Cast Away (2000).”

"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."

Priscilla Pope-Levison Elected President of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church (HSUMC)

The Historical Society of the United Methodist Church is a voluntary membership organization to promote Methodist history. It is affiliated with the General Commission on Archives and History, an official arm of The United Methodist Church, but welcomes everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement.

"Race in America After Ferguson" Event Part II, Q&A Session

Following up the presentations by the four SPU professors (Dr. David Nienhuis, Dr. Brian Bantum, Dr. Kimberly Segall, and Dr. Jorge Presciado), the floor was opened up for a Q&A session.  Audience members participated by texting in their questions and Tali Hairston, the Director of the John M. Perkins Center, moderated.

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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.