Faith for the Future

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Students gain perspective on homelessness

Students experienced some of the challenges Seattle’s unsheltered population faces on a daily basis through Urban Plunge, an annual homelessness immersive experience. By walking the streets and hearing from social service agencies, the four-day event in April helped students encounter the complexity of people’s stories and compounding challenges, and they learned what resources are available to the city’s homeless population.

Wall co-authors “Reading Scripture as Wesleyans” article

The School of Theology’s Rob Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, co-authored the article, “Reading Scripture as Wesleyans,” for Catalyst, a newsletter for seminarians and clergy located in and shaped by the Methodist/Wesleyan tradition. In this essay, Wall defines the core elements of a distinctively Wesleyan reading of Scripture in worship, instruction, mission, and personal devotions. The article is part of the rollout of The Wesley One-Volume Bible Commentary (Abingdon Press, 2020), co-edited by Wall. Wall retired in June 2021 after 43 years at Seattle Pacific University.

McCaulley delivers Palmer Lecture

The Rev. Canon Esau McCaulley, PhD, gave the 2021 virtual Alfred S. Palmer lecture, “Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope” in February. McCaulley is a New Testament scholar and Anglican priest who studied under N.T. Wright. His lecture, based on his second book, looked at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argued that the Bible is rightly understood when read from a decidedly Black perspective.

Fledgling entrepreneurs study intersection of faith and business

A weekly small group of juniors and seniors, Entrepreneur in the Making, met to examine the intersection of faith and business. The group was a collaboration between the School of Business, Government, and Economics and University Ministries to provide accountability, networking, and talent management for SPU student-entrepreneurs who want to influence the world with their social impact ventures.