Talk-backs at Taproot

The Perkins Center will host Talk-backs after the Wednesday evening production of Best of Enemies at Taproot Theatre. This partnership provides a creative way to continue our engagement in the conversation of race relations and advancing the work of reconciliation through intergroup dialogue.

Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22

The full play run is March 27 - April 25

For ticket information and showtimes see Taproot Theatre's Best of Enemies.

John Perkins 10th Annual Lecture

Dr. Perkins returns for his annual lecture, one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

11:10 a.m., First Free Methodist Church (adjacent to campus)


For Such a Time as This: the Challenges and Hope of Reconciliation

How is God at work in areas of conflict, injustice and healing in trauma?  Join international scholars from Congo, Kenya, and Palestine for an interdisciplinary conference on peace, healing, and capacity building, sponsored in partnership with Scholar Leaders.

April 23-25, 2015

On SPU Campus, various locations




Past Events


Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice

Believing that the church needs to unite at a time when our country is so divided, we gathered on December 15, 2014 as Christians from all racial backgrounds, united by the gospel of Jesus Christ, to worship, pray, listen, encourage, and challenge each other.

Race in America After Ferguson

October 28, 2014, four SPU faculty led campus in a dialogue that offered historical and theological context in which to process the recent events in Ferguson, as well as vulnerably presenting authentic perspectives and struggles on race relations.  With insights from Brian Bantum, David Nienhuis, Jorge Preciado, Kimberly Segall and facilitated by Tali Hairston, this conversation was memorable.  

John M. Perkins Center Ninth Annual Lecture Series

Our Ninth Annual Lecture Series with evangelical leader, civil rights legend and founder Dr. John Perkins was on April 21-22, 2014.  We celebrated 10 years of the Perkins Center.  Dr. Perkins encouraged us through Psalm 23 during a Bible study on Monday and his chapel address on Tuesday. 


Arab Spring or Arab Winter?

In May 2014, the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development partnered with the Perkins Center to host a panel discussion with Dr. Kimberly Segall, Khawla Hadi and Marwa al-Mtowaq explore the origins of sectarian divide and narrating altnernative histories through story and art.