School of Theology News Archives

  • View and Read the 2019 Walls Lecture Given by Dr. Frank Spina

    May 30, 2019

    Click here to watch the recording of the 2019 Walls Lecture, given on May 14 by retiring professor Dr. Frank Spina entitled, "Discovering Jesus' Personal Bible: The Greatest Archaeological Find Ever." You can also read the lecture manuscript. 

  • Convergent Conference 2019

    Mar 27, 2019

    Join us for the Convergent Conference on June 15, 2019 in Upper Gwinn Commons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where we will explore questions of how genuine worship can exist in this fragmented age. Engage and discover with us through prayer, song, creative arts, and conversation. This daylong conference will feature pastors, scholars, and practitioners who share a deep love for the Triune God and the full diversity of the Church at worship.

  • Walls Lecture 2019 and Frank Spina's Retirement Reception - May 14, 2019

    Mar 12, 2019

    Please join us on May 14 in Upper Gwinn Commons to honor Dr. Frank Spina and his 46 years of teaching at SPU. The retirement reception from 3-5pm will be followed by the Walls Lecture at 7pm. Dr. Spina will give the lecture, entitled, "Discovering Jesus' Personal Bible: The Greatest Archaeological Find Ever." More information about the reception and lecture can be found here. Tributes for Dr. Spina can be sent to

  • School of Theology Events in Winter and Spring 2019

    Jan 7, 2019

    The School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary welcome you to several public events during Winter and Spring Quarters, 2019. Click here to view the full list. Check back as the events get closer for more information.

  • Dec 18, 2018

    The 2019 Palmer Lecture on February 4: “The Land as Kin: Renewing Our Imagination”

    We invite you to join us for the 41st Annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture featuring Ellen F. Davis, PhD, Amos Ragan Kearns professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School, on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 7 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. This lecture is free and open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

  • NEW Worship Arts Leadership Minor!

    Jun 20, 2018

    The Worship Arts Leadership minor is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Theology and administered by the Center for Worship. In this new minor, students learn how to reflect theologically on worship, create appropriate liturgical materials, and participate in various types of worship services. Drawing on various forms of artistic expression, students will gain experience collaborating with a team to plan, lead, and facilitate worship in congregational settings. Learn more about the minor and its degree requirements here.

  • Walls Lecture 2018

    Apr 13, 2018

    Building on last year’s Walls Lecture, which told the story of the Bible’s past at SPU, Professors Daniel Castelo and Rob Wall propose a rethinking of the Bible’s nature and practice as the church’s book for the 21st century. Rather than comparing the Bible with the twofold nature of Christ — i.e., the Bible is a human production of God’s divine word — a different analogy is proposed. The Bible’s nature and its Spirit-inspired witness are like the four “marks” of the church: The Bible also is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” Our pivotal affirmation: The Bible is the church’s book, formed by the church in order to reform and form the church after Christ’s likeness. Hear personal reflections on how this rubric may help shape SPU’s Wesleyan identity and the School of Theology’s brand of theological education.

  • Walls Lecture 2017

    Mar 22, 2017

    Building on Howard Snyder’s historical study of Seattle Pacific’s founding, which notes the University’s “missionary impulse,” this year’s lecture narrated a story that plots the purposeful pairing of Scripture’s instruction with this missional taproot. Robert Wall, Paul T. Walls professor of Scripture and Wesleyan studies at SPU, explained a Wesleyan missional hermeneutics of Scripture cued by Jesus’s Great Commission (Luke 24:44–49) and John Wesley’s sermon The General Spread of the Gospel, which he followed with a curated history of Scripture at SPU.

    The Lecture in its entirety can be viewed here.

  • 2017 Palmer Lecture

    Jan 12, 2017

    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Place: Upper Gwinn Commons (SPU campus)

    Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

    What does it mean to live in a time where the black mirrors on our phones, watches, tablets, and laptops have become the means of communication, identity, connection, and community? Is the pulpit a thing of the past? How do we as people of faith share our story in a world wired for story?

    Explore how we can engage the image generation with Dr. Ralph Watkins at the 40th annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture, hosted by Seattle Pacific University's School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary.