"All the World My Parish": Loving Your Neighbors Locally and Globally

John Wesley, one of the founders of SPU's Methodist tradition, wrote, "I look upon all the world as my parish." Wesley took to heart Jesus' command to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. Today not only do we have greater access to different countries and cultures, but globalization has brought persons from all over the world to places like Seattle. Along with these tremendous opportunities, globalization has also led to increased nativism. We ask, "what is my parish when we can interact with people all over the world? Who are my neighbors locally and globally?" In this series we will explore what it means for Christians to faithfully live out and preach the gospel at the local and global levels.

Chapel Schedule Spring 2018

Unless otherwise noted, Chapel takes place at 11:10 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church, on Third Avenue across the street from Tiffany Loop.

Tuesday, March 27                   

Speaker: Chitra Hanstad

Chitra Hanstad has a passion to see at-risk communities thrive. She is currently the Executive Director at World Relief Seattle, an organization dedicated to serving refugee and vulnerable immigrant populations. Prior to this role, she spent time in India consulting for the anti-trafficking organization Justice Ventures International, and worked as a philanthropic advisor for the Seattle Foundation. While her career started in corporate advertising, public relations and media relations, Ms. Hanstad has spent most of the last twenty years working for local and international non-profits.

Friday, March 30                   

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 that takes place in First Free Methodist Church at 12:30. 

Tuesday, April 3                 

Resurrection Chapel - Speaker: Allison Coventry

Resurrection Chapel is a special time to celebrate the Easter message of Christ’s resurrection. Our speaker for this service, Allison Coventry, is currently the lead pastor for Ballard Church. Prior to this role she served as an Associate Pastor at First Free Methodist Church, and as Latin American Director of the Free Methodist denomination. She possesses a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Northeastern Seminary. Rev. Coventry brings the heart and experience of a pastor along with training as a leader and manager. Offices will be closed.

Tuesday, April 10                   

Speaker: Maria-José Soerens

Maria-José Soerens serves as the Director of Community Initiatives and is the founder of Puentes, an organization that mobilizes mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families. Ms. Soerens is a licensed mental health counselor with vast experience working with undocumented migrants and their families. She is an immigrant, who came from Chile at age 25 and currently lives and works in community development in South Park, Seattle. Ms. Soerens speaks and writes often on immigration and mental health, and the role of communities in fostering social transformation, and she is a fellow at the Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy.

Tuesday, April 17                   

Speaker: Scott Daniels

Scott Daniels is the senior pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, ID, a church that provides a place of worship for Northwest Nazarene University. Dr. Daniels was formerly the senior pastor of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and the dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. His most recent book is Embracing Exile: Living as God’s Unique People in the World.

Tuesday, April 24                

Perkins Lecture - Speaker: Dr. John Perkins with Michael Emerson

Every year we have the privilege of hearing from John Perkins at an annual lecture in his name. Dr. Perkins is an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development. His most recent book is One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race. This year he will be joined by Michael Emerson, Provost at North Park University and the co-author of several works on race and religion including Blacks and Whites in Christian America and Divided by Faith. Offices will be closed.

Tuesday, May 1                   

Speaker: Paul Kim

Paul Kim is the Coordinator for Global Involvement at the John Perkins Center at SPU. In his role, Rev. Kim advises SPRINT (Seattle Pacific Reach Out International), a ministry at SPU for students to learn and engage holistic ministry in global contexts. He is an ordained clergy person, has worked as a chaplain, and has pastored congregations in New Jersey, Michigan, and Seattle. Rev. Kim is a graduate of Washington University and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Tuesday, May 8                   

Speaker: Anne Emile Zaki

Anne Zaki is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Evangelical Seminary in Cairo. She has ministered in Egypt since the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and is the first woman pastor to be ordained in the Middle East and North Africa. Rev. Zaki was a featured speaker at the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. Her Bachelor degree is from Calvin College, she holds Masters degrees in Social Psychology and Divinity, and is currently completing her PhD in Homiletics at Fuller Theological Seminary. 

Tuesday, May 15                    

Speaker: Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney is an anthropologist, a missiologist, and an author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living. She is Associate Professor of World Christian Studies at SPU, where she has been teaching since 1976. Dr. Adeney’s accomplishments include serving as past president of the American Society of Missiology, and she is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christians for Biblical Equality. She has authored more than 150 articles or book chapters, as well as six books, and has ministered in numerous countries spanning five continents.

Tuesday, May 22                    

Global Worship Service

God continues to gather worshippers from “every tribe, language, people, and nation” (Rev 5:9, CEB) and therefore Christians strive towards worship that is global and multicultural. The Global Worship Service celebrates Christian musical worship through the lenses of varying cultures and musical genres. It will feature music by the Gather worship band, SPU Music department, and other campus clubs. 

Tuesday, May 29                   

Closing Communion and Barnabas Award Recognitions

We end each quarter by gathering as a Christian community around the Lord’s Table to receive holy communion. Another name for holy communion is eucharist, which means “thanksgiving,” and so this service provides an opportunity to give thanks to God as we end the school year. On this occasion we will recognize the 2018 recipients of the Barnabas Servant Leadership Award. 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.