Spring Quarter 2017: Embodied Faith

God is both creator and redeemer, and we are creatures who comprise both body and spirit. Our savior, Jesus Christ, was fully human, his body was put to death, and he was raised on the third day. The Scriptures teach that Jesus came to create a new humanity and will come again to usher in a new heavens and earth. All this to say that, for Christians, the body matters. So what does it mean to take our bodies seriously? What does the bodily resurrection of Jesus mean for us? This quarter we will explore what it means to honor God with our bodies.

Chapel Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, Chapel takes place at 11:10 a.m. in the First Free Methodist Church Sanctuary

Tuesday, March 28

Speaker: Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the New York Times bestseller and memoir Just Mercy. Mr. Stevenson has received national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson has won numerous awards and was named to the 2015 Time 100, recognizing the world’s most influential people, and in Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list. Offices will be closed.

Tuesday, April 4

Speaker: Brian Bantum

Brian Bantum is associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University, having earned his MTS and PhD from Duke University. Dr. Bantum’s teaching and research focus on the intersection of theology and identity, exploring how the foundational claims of the Christian church serve to illumine the challenges and possibilities of discipleship in the modern world. His most recent work is The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World. At SPU Dr. Bantum has helped enrich campus diversity through his teaching, service, and scholarship. He will speak on the topic of embodied faith as it relates to race.

Tuesday, April 11

Speaker: Ken Fong

Ken Fong is senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, a congregation he has served for 36 years. Dr. Fong has been instrumental in transitioning a historically Japanese congregation to a multi-Asian, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational church. He has served on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Westmont College, and as executive director of the Asian American Initiative and assistant professor of Asian American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. In recent years he has been a leader in facilitating challenging conversations on the topic of sexuality in the church, which is chronicled in the upcoming film The Ken Fong Project. Dr. Fong is also the host of Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast. He will speak on the topic of embodied faith as it relates to sexuality.

Friday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.

Good Friday Service

Good Friday is a Christian holy day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Christ that precedes Easter Sunday. Join us for a short, contemplative worship service of prayer and reflection.

Tuesday, April 18

Resurrection Chapel

Speaker: Eugene Cho

Our campus devotes the week following Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. At Resurrection Chapel we will hear from Eugene Cho, founder and lead pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural and multi-generational church in Seattle. Rev. Cho is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) — a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $5 million for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. He is the author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? Offices will be closed.

Tuesday, April 25

Perkins Lecture

Speaker: John Perkins

Each year our university has the privilege of hearing from Dr. John Perkins, who helped launch the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at SPU. Dr. Perkins is distinguished visiting professor at SPU and the co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association. He is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, and the author of several books, including his most recent work, Dream With Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win. More about Dr. Perkins. Offices will be closed.

Tuesday, May 2

Speaker: Caprice Hollins

Caprice Hollins earned her PsyD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in multicultural and community psychology from California School of Professional Psychology — LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience researching, studying, and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her consulting business, Cultures Connecting, LLC, provides culturally relevant professional development and consulting services to organizations seeking to improve their skills in effectively engaging all cultures. Dr. Hollins has taught for SPU and the University of Washington, and is currently an affiliate professor of counseling at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

Tuesday, May 9

Speaker: Rick Steele

Rick Steele is professor of moral and historical theology at SPU and associate dean of Seattle Pacific Seminary. He earned his PhD from Marquette University and served for 17 years in a United Methodist pastorate before coming to SPU. Dr. Steele has served in numerous leadership roles at SPU and received several awards for this teaching and scholarship. He is the author of I’ve Been Wondering: Conversations With Young Theologians. Dr. Steele will speak on the topic of embodied faith as it relates to abilities.

Tuesday, May 16

Speaker: Suzanne Wolfe

Suzanne Wolfe is executive editor of Image Journal and writer in residence at SPU, where she teaches literature and creative writing courses. She received an MA in English literature at Oxford University, where she also co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. Her recent novel, The Confessions of X, received the 2017 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in the category of fiction. Prof. Wolfe will share reflections on the body.

Tuesday, May 23

Story and Song

Music continues to be a cornerstone that defines culture and time. We live our lives to songs that remind us of seasons, scents, victory, and defeat. We will explore the story behind the song from the songwriter’s perspective, testimonies from the SPU community, and how the collection and strategic expression of songs tell of the Christ’s unrelenting grace and love for us. Our only response is constant surrender and to “Sing unto the Lord a new song. Sing unto the Lord all the earth!” The Gather team will lead the community in a time of song, reflection, testimony, and prayer.

Tuesday, May 30

Closing Communion Service

Come celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the last chapel service of the year. The recipients of the 2017 Barnabas Servant Leadership awards will be recognized during this service. Offices will be closed.

Campus Ministries Staff

From spiritual formation, to pastoral care, to gathering in worship, the Campus Ministries staff are talented and compassionate in their ministry roles.

Join Us Wednesday Nights for Group

This is not your standard “songs and sermon” program. Group is a holistic service, an immersion of the body, mind, and heart in the Christian story.