Monday, January 23, 2023 Seattle Pacific University

Campus News & Events

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This Wednesday: Day of Common Learning with Lo Alaman

Join us for the Day of Common Learning on WednesdayJan. 25, beginning with the keynote address at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Our keynote speaker, spoken-word artist Lo Alaman, will begin the day sharing how “Art and Atonement” can help heal brokenness in this world. The day also features breakout sessions at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. around this topic and ends with an open mic night for students at 7 p.m. Classes before 3 p.m. are canceled so the community can come together around this important topic. Classes from 3 p.m. onward will take place as usual. For the complete schedule, including the Faculty Luncheon with Lo, visit the Day of Common Learning website.

You’re invited to Family Weekend, Feb. 2–4

Get ready! Parents and families are coming to campus for Family Weekend 2023, Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 2–4. Festivities include men’s and women’s basketball games, a performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, and more. We hope you can join us for some of the events! Check out the Family Weekend 2023 schedule.

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"Joys of the Greek Bible" with Prof. Owen Ewald

Owen Ewald, assistant professor of classics, presents “Joys of the Greek Bible" at this year's C. May Marston Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons. He will share his experiences reading and teaching the Bible in ancient Greek — both the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) and the New Testament, which was originally written in Greek. Despite some small differences between the Septuagint and the Hebrew Masoretic Text, the messages of Scripture to God’s people remain strong and consistent. When the New Testament authors quote the Septuagint, they carry and amplify earlier Scriptural messages to a new group of God’s people — Christians.

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Nominate a co-worker for Staff of the Month!

Nominate someone for Staff of the Month! Do you know an SPU staff member who impacts our community through their service and leadership? Nominate that individual today.

In Context
Winter Quarter In Context: Thursdays 11 a.m. on Weeks 4–9

In Context is a six-week workshop on race, capitalism, and transformative justice hosted by Catalyst. Together we will learn about the ever-present reality of systemic racism and the ways it holds us back from collective liberation in order to refine our perceptions of ourselves, our histories, and our collective society. We hope to foster a safe space in which all SPU students, staff, and faculty are invited to engage in challenging and transformative conversations and to equip SPU community members to work toward a better world by thinking critically about systems of exploitation. Queer, trans, and BIPOC folks are encouraged to participate.

This quarter we will be meeting in Bertona 1 (ADA accessible) from weeks 4 to 9 on Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The specific dates are Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, and March 2. (You must commit consecutively to the six weeks.) Register here. Reach out to student Rae Perez at with any questions.

Jonathan Tran
2023 Palmer Lecture: “The Divine Economy vs. Racial Capitalism: Identity Politics, Antiracism, and the Redemption of All Things”

Jonathan Tran, Baylor University’s associate professor of philosophical theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion, is the guest lecturer for the 2023 Palmer Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 9, 7–9 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. His lecture is titled, “The Divine Economy vs. Racial Capitalism: Identity Politics, Antiracism, and the Redemption of All Things.” With antiracism lost in a fog of identity politics, it has surrendered the work of liberation to debasing forms of class warfare. But antiracism as a mode of liberation theology narrates justice and mercy as natural to the world insofar as they are natural to God. By considering the work of local forms of Christian life invested in God’s deep economy, we see God’s redemption of the world.

The lecture is sponsored by SPU’s School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary.

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Feb 10: Additional Palmer Lecture events — luncheon and documentary

Faculty and staff members are invited to a luncheon on Feb. 10, 12–2 p.m. in Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church with the 2023 Palmer Lecture speaker Jonathan Tran, Baylor University’s associate professor of philosophical theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion. For more information about Dr. Tran, check out his book Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism, which presents a novel way of thinking about and approaching racism and antiracism. RSVPs are required through EventBrite.

New location: The SPU community is also invited to the free documentary film screening of Far East, Deep South on Friday, Feb. 10, 7–9:30 p.m., at the Majestic Bay Theatre, 2044 NW Market St., Seattle. RSVPs for the documentary are also required through EventBrite.

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How to contact the Dining Services Catering Team

A message from Dining Services: Need catering services at your next campus event? SPU Dining is grateful for the support our catering team has received from our campus partners. Please contact our Catering Manager Kaila Schardt through !Catering, ( or by phone at 206-281-2056. We will be happy to assist you with events of any type!

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Gym discounts for SPU faculty, staff, and students

Flow Fitness, located across the Fremont bridge, offers SPU students a 20% discount and SPU faculty and staff a 10% discount on gym memberships. Flow Fitness is one of Seattle’s premier fitness clubs and offers a variety of studio classes, training programs, and gym access. Create a customized fitness routine around your goals and motivations and “find your flow.” Sign up in person and show your SPU ID to receive the discount.

Center for Career and Calling
Free LinkedIn headshots from the Center for Career and Calling

The Center for Career and Calling is offering free LinkedIn headshots to all students, staff, and faculty every Monday and Wednesday, 12–2 p.m. No appointment needed! The CCC is located in the SUB on the second floor.

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Come play pickleball!

Last year, a number of faculty and staff enjoyed playing pickleball on a weekly basis in Upper Gym in Royal Brougham. We plan to play this year, as well, and would love to have any level of player join us. If you are an expert, the weak link, or somewhere in between, come join the fun. If you are interested in playing, email staff member Cindy Strong at for more information.

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Faculty/Staff Bulletin deadline

The Faculty/Staff Bulletin is published weekly on Mondays during the academic year (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). The next deadline is Thursday, Jan. 26, and the next issue will be published Monday, Jan. 30.

If you have information or event news, send it as soon as possible with an image or graphic to Bulletin editor Tracy Norlen at Submissions may be edited for clarity.

Faculty & Staff News

Doug Strong
Strong's article published

Doug Strong, Paul T. Walls Professor of Wesleyan Studies and former dean of the School of Theology and Seattle Pacific Seminary, had an article, “Lessons from a Founding Dean,” included in the winter 2023 issue of In Trust, a magazine for theological educators.

Professor Alberto Ferreiro
Ferreiro appointed to councils

Alberto Ferreiro, professor emeritus of European history, has been appointed to two scientific councils in Poland and France. The councils make major editorial decisions for future volumes and symposia, etc. In Poland, Alberto will join the council for the journal, VOX PATRUM, a publication of the Institute of Patristics and Early Christianity at John Paul II University in Lublin. He has already published two articles in the journal and one is forthcoming. In France, Alberto will join the council of the Aux Sources de la Provence group, which is publishing in stages 10 volumes on the life and legacy of Caesarius of Arles, a sixth century bishop. As member of the council, Alberto will also help make decisions on this and future projects. He has published an article in the series and has four more forthcoming.

SPU in the News

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Kim interviewed for news show

Paul Youngbin Kim, professor of psychology, was interviewed for a live edition of Issues & Insiders, a news show on Arirang TV in South Korea. The segment featured conversations about adult ADHD in South Korea.

Volume #50 , Issue #3 | Published by: University Communications

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