Dean Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D., gave a special talk at St. Cecilia Parish Faith Center on Thursday, November 8th entitled: “Finding God in Life’s Questions: Exploring Authentic Adult Faith.” Dean Markuly invited listeners to examine critical human questions that mark our consciousness throughout our lives. Dean Markuly noted that learning to live in these questions is essential, because it is in the questions where one discovers God and the fullness of wisdom.Dr. Michael Kinnamon, the School’s Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue, just published an essay in the internationally-read journal, Ecclesiology, entitled, “What Can the Churches Say Together about the Church?.” The essay will also be a chapter in a book he is currently finishing. Additionally, the Disciples Seminary Foundation featured Dr. Kinnamon in their October magazine.
Dr. Christie Eppler has released more widely a summary presentation of a research trip that she made to Dubai, March 12-19, 2012 which she had shared with the School’s denominational partnerships at their Fall gathering. The goal of the project was to gain knowledge and awareness of modern, Middle Eastern and Muslim culture through education and lived experience. The project was funded by the Henry Luce Grant for Interreligious programming and dialogue. You can view the presentation online here.
Dr. Christie Eppler is now the newly elected American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) Regional Vice-Chair, along with Dr. Clinton McNair serving out his term as Chair. Margaret Mary Pearce, MAPC alumni, also serves AAPC as Secretary. This year’s annual regional conference was held October 26-28 in Portland, OR and featured Pastoral Counseling adjunct faculty Dr. Gretchen Gundrum as one of the presenters.
Dr. Andrew Davis is on sabbatical, and just returned from the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago. Dr. Davis is trying to wrap up some writing projects before he returns to teaching, and has been enjoying the “paternity” part of his leave as well, taking care of newly born, Peter, and older son, Michael.
Dr. Sharon Henderson Callahan, offered a plenary talk "Creative Collaborative Spirit-Linking Leadership" at the Annual Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Women in Leadership Conference, Oct 25-29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Callahan was also elected to the Women in Leadership Advisory Council by its members during the last ATS Biennial Meeting in June 2012.
Fr. James Eblen, Ph.D., one of the School’s Emeritus Faculty, offered two talks for the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II Celebration at All Saints Parish in September and October. Dr. Sharon Callahan offered a talk as well for the same series.
Fr. Mike Raschko, Ph.D. is presenting at the 2013 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress for the second year in a row. The two talks he will be presenting are: “An Introduction to the 2nd Vatican Council”, and “Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the Modern World”.
Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Sáenz is on sabbatical and attended the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting in Chicago this last month. She has written an entry on "Latina/o Interpretation" for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation, and has written a draft of the book "John's Gospel from Scratch" as a volume for the series The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners from Westminster/John Knox Press. Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz is still researching and taking notes for the Commentary on the Letters of John for the series Wisdom Commentary as well.
Rev. Tito Cruz, SM, Ph.D. was the only nominee based in the United States for the International Academy of Practical Theology’s Executive Committee. Nominees to the Executive Board will be confirmed at the biennial meeting in Toronto this April. A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation supports his current research on Buddhist and Islamic foundations of religious leadership.
Upon the invitation of the editors of the Encyclopedia of Christian Education, which will be published in 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing/Scarecrow Press, Dr. Cruz is writing three articles on the following topics: Transformational Leadership, Dialogue Education, and Alfonso Nebreda, S.J. The School welcomes Kristin Hovaguimian to the staff team as Pastoral Counseling Academic Specialist, supporting Dr. Clinton McNair-- Director of the Pastoral Counseling Programs. Kristin most recently has worked at Seattle Pacific University as Administrative Assistant to the President. She has her M.Ed. degree in College Student Affairs / Development and experience on a variety of college campuses.
The Disciples Seminary Foundation highlighted Seattle University STM 2012 Master of Divinity alumnus ML Daniel in their October Magazine’s title article “Celebrating our 2012 graduates”.
Peg Faulmann graduated from the Pastoral Leadership Certificate of Graduate Studies program last year (2012) and the Master of Divinity program in 2011. It has just been announced that Peg will be the very first female pastor of St. John's United Church of Christ in Owosso, Michigan. She was elected with a unanimous vote. The congregation is focused on social justice, and use their building to minister to those in poverty and to those who struggle with addictions. Bjorn Peterson, 2012 Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) alumnus, is Executive Director of the Arizona Ecumenical Council. Bjorn was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Group Identity, before earning his MATL degree from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. Bjorn has been involved in nonprofit and church work for 15 years and has had extensive opportunities to travel in North America, Asia, Oceania and Australia as a part of relationship building opportunities among churches and communities. He has been an organizational and congregational consultant since 2005 facilitating strategic planning, broad buy-in and board participation as well as intercultural competency—building mutually beneficial relationships and communication on multiple levels. Bjorn brings both an appreciation and knowledge of ecumenism as well as fresh perspectives and new approaches to the coming season of ecumenical and community engagement. He has developed curriculum and workshops surrounding Accompaniment Methodology and Radical Hospitality.
Watch a recent video interview of Bjorn here.
Jana Pallis, 2011 alum of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program, shared that she is working with the Compassionate Action Network International as Director of the International Cities Campaign as well as Director of Spiritual and Religious Outreach. Jana works with cities to become “compassionate cities” in their commitments, policy and overarching identity. Jana is also working with Sister Joyce Cox, BVM from the Seattle Archdiocese, Ecumenical and Interfaith leaders from the Pacific Northwest, as well as nonprofits, groups and other organizations to address the issue of human trafficking in the community through the lens of compassion. This summer Jana completed the Compassion Training Teacher Certification program at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.
Terri Stewart, 2012 Master of Divinity alumnus, currently enrolled in the Post-Master’s Certificate in Transforming Spirituality / Spiritual Direction, was awarded by the Church Council of Greater Seattle with the 2012 Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award. The Youth Chaplaincy Coalition that Terri spearheads was acknowledged as an organization that lives and breathes a truly ecumenical spirit in walking with young people in the Youth Detention Center and Echo Glen. Involving ministers and lay people from diverse Christian backgrounds and various faith traditions, the ministry is being taken in new directions to support youth coming out of incarceration and to provide a base of pastoral care for young people in the community.
Joe Cotton, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies 2012 Alumni, was featured in the Seattle University “Hawk to Hawk Speaker Series” on Thursday, Nov. 15, hosted by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Joe offered his thoughts in an open panel discussion regarding his journey to success—working with you at the King County Youth Detention Center. Joe has also volunteered internationally, and has served as a regional board member for Friends of the Orphans-- an organization that supports homes for orphans in Haiti.
Watch a recent video interview of Joe here.
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