Engage With the SPU Community

Engage! 2015–16 Public Events

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.

Spires exhibit

January 11-March 11, 2016

Photographs by Art Professor Zack Bent document his experiences visiting and photographing forest fire land in Washington state. Images include geometric sculptures that respond to the desolation of the forest while acknowledging the impending growth just beneath the land’s surface. Learn more.

The Illusion

The Illusion
January 28–30, February 4–6, 2016

The SPU Theatre Department presents this Tony Kushner play about an aging father, his estranged son, and an all-knowing magician. Learn more

Gospel Choir Performance

Black Vespers
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Join an evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings featuring the SPU Gospel Choir, faculty members, and special guest concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho. The service will be held in First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be directed by Stephen Michael Newby, SPU associate professor of music and director of Center for Worship.

Stained Glass Cross

Pastoral Implications for Racial Reconciliation and the Church
February 9 and 23, 2016

How can we connect God’s concern for justice and reconciliation to the ministry of discipleship and worship in our churches? This two day forum for church leaders will explore ways to take the next steps. Learn more.


“Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Ancient World”
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Centuries before George McDonald, J.R.R.Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis, the Græco-Roman world featured many examples of non-realistic fiction. Owen Ewald, the C. May Marston assistant professor of classics, will look at the creative works of early writers. Learn more.

Doris Kerns Goodwin

An Evening With Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thursday, April 7, 2016

The world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author will give a free public lecture in SPU’s Royal Brougham Pavilion beginning at 7 p.m. She comes to campus as part of SPU’s annual Downtown Business Breakfast. Learn more.

John Perkins

Annual John M. Perkins Lecture Series
April 18-19, 2016

The co-founder of SPU’s John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development returns to campus. More details coming soon.