Reconciliation Studies Minor

The Reconciliation Studies minor includes courses rooted in the affirmation that God is the reconciling one, and that God’s work of reconciliation occurs in and through Christ, and is worked out through God’s people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Reconciliation is worked out in contexts of cultural complexity and historical enmity. For God’s people to be equipped to participate in God’s work of reconciliation, it is essential to understand biblical and theological perspectives on reconciliation, as well as human cultural contexts, and historical dividing walls. When you take this minor, it is also vital for you to be involved in the work of reconciliation with experienced mentors.


The courses in the Reconciliation Studies minor have been selected because they can offer you insights into the nature, contexts, and challenges of reconciliation. They can also equip you to participate in the work of reconciliation in your given field of study.

Courses and Degree Requirements

A few of the courses in the Reconciliation Studies minor include "Race and Ethnicity," "Cultural Anthropology," and "Women in Christianity." Review all the Reconciliation Studies minor courses and requirements.

To earn the Reconciliation Studies minor, you are required to take a minimum of 34 credits, including 18 upper-division credits.

To apply to the Christian Theology major or one of our minors, please follow these instructions.

Theology-Related Internships

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, there are many resources available to students, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site.

  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or

Brenda Salter McNeil

Why I Teach at SPU

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies

“I teach at SPU because interacting with students in the classroom creates a living laboratory to develop the next generation of reconciliation leaders.”

Kerry Dearborn and Brenda Salter-McNeil

Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific

Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies Brenda Salter McNeil and Professor Emerita of Theology Kerry Dearborn talk about Christian reconciliation in the 21st century.

Financing Your Education

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