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  • School's Global Reach Extends through Faculty Travel


    Faculty at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry are dedicated to engaging our ever-changing world through in-the-field research and immersion in relevant issues nationally and globally. Over the two years, faculty travel for research and interreligious dialogue has expanded due to the generous support of the school’s three-year interreligious initiative by The Henry Luce Foundation. Faculty take advantage of opportunities to strengthen their interreligious understanding and in turn, what they offer to students’ studies in the classroom.

    Faculty travel and research highlights, in chronological order:   

    • In November 2011, the school’s Assistant Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, Dr. Michael Trice, presented to the annual gathering of the American Academy of Religion on “Women in Positions of Leadership AAR.gifin the World”.
        
    • In February 2012, Dean Mark Markuly presented to the Winthrop, Washington, Unitarian Universalist community on “Ecumenical and Interreligious Realities”.

        
    • Also in February 2012, Dr. Christie Eppler attended a conference on “Community Organization and Peace Building across National Borders: Creating Engaged Citizenry in the Middle East”.  This event allowed Dr. Eppler to continue her research in integrating awareness of Muslim traditions into competent counseling education.
        
    • In March 2012, Dr. Christie Eppler attended a study tour of Dubai, UAE, including visits to the Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), Jumairah Mosque, and a Bedouin community.  Throughout the tour Dr. Eppler conversed with colleagues on issues of mental health, spiritual issues and needs in a rapidly changing, modern, Muslim community. To see a slides' summary of Dr. Eppler's travels, click here.
        
    • Also in March 2012, Dr. Michael Trice and then Interreligious Initiative Program Manager Rachel StacyEcumenical Leaders.gif presented at the National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff on “The Next Generation of Ecumenical and Interreligious Work - Interest, Preparation, and Support of Christian Denominations and Theological Institutions”.
        
    • In July 2012, Dr. Sharon Callahan, along with a team of students and staff, attended a study tour in China and Taiwan with visits to the Catholic Chinese Church and traditional Chinese Buddhist temples to study relationships between these two cultures within a century of forced atheism.
        
    • In November 2012, Dr. Andrew Davis travelled to Duke University to study the personal papers of the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.  The purpose of this initial visit was to learn more about the contents of the collection, especially its papers related to Vatican II, and Heschel’s influence at the Council’s famous interreligious document, Nostra Aetate.
        
    •  In February 2013, Dr. Trice participated in a Jewish-Christian Leadership Training in Los Angeles, designed to strengthen the skill set and network of the international pool of Christian leadership.  These leaders range from university professors to deans and presidents. Building on this experience, the assistant dean created a dialogue between members of the Jewish and Christian communities in the Puget Sound region in and around Seattle. The second and final summer for this training (August 2013) focused on generative violence originating in scripture.
        
    • In March 2013, Dr. Tito Cruz attended a study tour of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, SanataSeoulKorea.gif Dharma University in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, South Korea to research “Interreligious Approaches to Transformational Leadership: Perspectives from Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic Communities in Asia”. This project makes a significant contribution to the fledgling field of literature on religion, immigration, theological education, and transformational leadership.
        
    • Throughout the Spring of 2013, the entire faculty met weekly for half-day, peer-led seminars on the topic of interreligious dialogue. The faculty’s individual encounters with the breadth of interreligious thought and methodologies through the ongoing developments and activities of the Interreligious Initiative led them to decide to engage in a peer-led, 2.5 hour weekly seminar on interreligious dialogue throughout spring quarter.  In each of the eight seminars, a different team of two faculty members led their colleagues in the study of how interreligious dialogue has an impact in their specific fields of expertise.  This includes the fields of systematic theology, biblical texts, spirituality, worship, pastoral care, leadership development, pedagogy and more.  A specially designed reading list of books and essays pertaining to the topic is provided for all as well.
        
    • Also in Spring 2013, guest scholars from different religious traditions were invited to address the faculty. GuestsRabbisForHumanRights.gif included: Israeli Rabbi Arik Ascherman, of Rabbis for Human Rights, who talked about the Jewish values underlying his organization’s work; Dr. Peter Phan, a native of Vietnam and Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, who spoke about interfaith relations in Asia; and Rev. Jim Wallis, author, president and CEO of Sojourners, research fellow and visiting professor at Georgetown University, who spoke about evangelical and progressive Christianity’s encounter with religious pluralism.
        
    • In June 2013, Dr. Andrew Davis traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual Seminar for Seminary and Religious Studies faculty at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. This year’s week-long seminar was entitled, “The Overlooked Revolution: The Shift in Catholic Teaching on the Jews since Vatican II”. Dr. Davis wrote a blog post October 2013, here, about his travels.

        
    • In July 2013, Adjunct faculty Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez was granted a stipend to participate in a Holocaust Studies HolocaustResourceCenter.gifTour through Eastern Europe, July 6-13.   Led by the Washington Holocaust Education Resource Center and the Museum Without Walls, this tour was an intensive seminar geared specifically towards educators that would explore Holocaust history and how Poland (that is Christian Poland) is affected by it today.  Sites included: Former Warsaw ghetto, Tykocin, Treblinka, Majdanek, Krakow, Kazimierz, Plaszow, Auschwitz, and Birkenau.
        
    • This month, October 2013, visiting professor Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon will join Dr. Mark Taylor and 2013 Master of Divinity alumna, Maggie Breen, in Buson, South Korea for the biennial meeting of the World Council of Churches. Dr. Kinnamon will address the Global Ecumenical Institute on the topic “New Contours of Ecumenism in the 21st Century”.

     

     
     
     
     
     

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