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Renowned national and international speakers, some of Seattle's most engaging theatre performances, memorable concerts, outstanding athletic competition. SPU hosts many opportunities for you to connect with others and enrich your life. Explore upcoming events and get involved.

Mr. Darwin's Tree

Mr. Darwin’s Tree
Thursday, October 3, 2019

The acclaimed British one-man play about Charles Darwin explores “not only science, but religion, the divine intricacies of the soul, and what it is to be human…. A rare treat.” (Broadway Baby). The production will be followed by a faculty panel who will respond to the performance and answer audience questions. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the E.E. Bach Theater in McKinley Hall on campus, and is free and wheelchair accessible.

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“The Land as Kin”
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Bible is an essential guide for Christians and Jews to develop faithful responses to an ecological crisis. Looking at texts from both Testaments, along with contemporary agrarian poetry, Duke Divinity School Professor Ellen Davis will consider how they can awaken and instruct our moral imagination with respect to the world that the biblical writers recognize to be “the work of God’s hands.”

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Practicing the Prophetic: Liturgy, Formation, and Discernment for Public Life
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What does it look like to offer hope in the midst of a world that breaks our hearts? The Christian social imagination is a dance between the now and not yet, between a broken creation we still experience and the kingdom-come for which we long and pray. Calvin College Professor of Philosophy James K.A. Smith will explore this topic as the keynote lecturer for SPU’s annual Day of Common Learning. The public is invited to join the SPU community for day of lectures and presentations.


Latin Guitar: Tango and Beyond
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

SPU guitar instructor Julian Catford and Argentine virtuoso guitarist and composer Hernan Reinaudo present a program of tango, valse, choro, and more featuring classic and original compositions, with a few surprises. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios adjacent to campus, and is free and wheelchair accessible.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz/Percussion Concert
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Co-produced by SPU’s Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, this concert features a multitude of styles — including traditional, be-bop, and contemporary. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dan Kramlich, instructor of jazz history and jazz piano. The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Adams. The concert will be in Nickerson Studios near campus, and is free and wheelchair accessible. The event will be livestreamed. (More details soon.) 

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Men on Boats
November 7-9; 14-16, 2019

SPU Theatre presents this new production loosely based on the true story of a group of early explorers charting the Colorado River. This delightful adventure follows the group of insane yet loyal volunteers down the river, spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads.


Chamber, Concert, and Women’s Choirs Concert
Friday, November 8, 2019

Don't miss an evening of beautiful choral music sure to warm the soul on a cool autumn evening. The concert will be held in First Free Methodist Church adjacent to campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m. It is free and wheelchair accessible. The event will be livestreamed.

Brass Ensemble

Instrumental Concert
Friday, November 15, 2019

Come celebrate the introduction of our new orchestra director, Christopher Hanson, in a concert featuring our small chamber ensembles, the Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire includes music from the traditional canon of western art music, and a preview of some of the music to be presented at SPU's annual Sacred Sounds of Christmas. This event will be held in First Free Methodist Church adjacent to campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m. It is free and wheelchair accessible. The event will be livestreamed.

Sacred Sounds

Sacred Sounds of Christmas
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Now celebrating 20 years, this much-anticipated annual event at Seattle's Benaroya Hall features the best of sacred Advent music and Christmas carols from around the world, performed by the Music Department's nationally recognized student and faculty musicians. Tickets are now on sale.

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Parking and Directions

Guests may park in campus commuter parking lots (with the exception of the S lot) after 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and anytime Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available on local residential streets as marked.

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Seattle Pacific University is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodation in its programs for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Support Services office in advance of the event at 206-281-2272, TTY 206-281-2224, or dss@spu.edu.