School of Theology News Archives

School of Theology News Archives


  • 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.

  • The 2016 School of Theology Commissioning Service

    Jun 9, 2016

    Each spring, the School of Theology proudly commissions its graduating undergraduate students into the Lord's service.

    If you are a School of Theology graduate, please join us as we honor and commission you.  The Commissioning Service starts at 4:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church (FFMC).  Then directly following is a reception at 5:00 p.m. in the Fine Center of FFMC, which will include both students graduating from the Seminary and the undergraduate School of Theology.  Friends and family are welcomed to attend.

  • Spring Lectio: Hebrews

    Feb 26, 2016

    The Letter to the Hebrews is surely one of Scripture's most enigmatic books.  Its elegant yet sometimes strange language often puts it at arm's length for some believers, which keeps it from being taught, preached, and read as a Spirit-sanctifying book that forms our life with God.  Yet no other biblical books make a stronger case for the indispensability of God's word -- scripted by the prophets and made definitive in the incarnation of God's Son -- for guiding believers into heaven.  

    Join us online for the Book of Hebrews Lectio series starting March 28, led by SPU's Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Robert W. Wall.

  • 2016 Palmer Lecture

    Jan 21, 2016

    From the dawn of Christianity, some form of art has often communicated that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Art continues to not only represent but also shape our understanding of community, revelation, spirituality, conversion, and worship. This dialogical relationship between art and theology points the way to an integration of spirituality, art, and liturgy, a synthesis we see in sacred images.

    Explore this intersection with Fr. Eduardo Fernández at the free 39th annual Alfred S. Palmer Lecture, hosted by Seattle Pacific University's School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary. Dr. Laura Lasworth, SPU art professor, will be the respondent.

  • Open Seattle 2015

    Oct 12, 2015

    October 17, 2015:  Open Seattle is a new type of open-source youth ministry event, produced by the Youth Cartel.

    The Youth Cartel’s mission is to encourage and challenge adults who minister to youth through holistic professional coaching, strategic consulting, transformational events, and inventive resource development that advance youth ministry in new ways.

    Conference Website

  • Theology Between Art and the Body: Reimagining Our Future

    Sep 1, 2015

    One of the foremost scholars of race and theology, Dr. Willie James Jennings, PhD, Associate Profressor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies, Yale University, is coming to SPU.  Dr. Jennings is the recipient of the 2015 Grawemeyer Award for his work, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.  He recently joined the Yale faculty after more than two decades at Duke Divinity School.  He has written numerous essays in the areas of Christology, critical race theory, cultural identity, and theological anthropology.

  • 1 & 2 Samuel Lectio Seminar

    Aug 11, 2015

    Join the Center for Biblical and Theological Education for a morning of rich study with SPU Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Sara Koenig.

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