The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s Master of Arts in Theology & Culture program is rooted in the belief that personal vocation is an outpouring of the image of a creative God. We train innovative and adaptive leaders, artists, and advocates who are broadening and enriching the Christian call to serve God and neighbor in today’s varied contexts.
2 years | 48 credits
We believe that faith and risk are necessary to pursue the passions that stir us. Beauty and justice emerge in unpredictable and transformative ways when we open ourselves to reflection and anticipation of God’s mystery in the world. Through the Theology & Culture program, The Seattle School facilitates theological and personal formation alongside critical and constructive engagement with culture for the sake of compassionately and creatively living in the world. Leaders, artists, and social entrepreneurs attune themselves to the narratives of God, culture, themselves, and others in order to become provocateurs of change and imagination in the world. The Theology & Culture program provides a catalyst to integrate the student’s passions, skills, and imagination in order to engender a creative way of being in the midst of globalizing and intersecting cultures.
Theology, Imagination, & the Arts Track
The Theology, Imagination, & the Arts track prepares students for the prophetic role of the artist within the church and the broader culture.
Students explore the intersection of theology, culture, and aesthetics to participate in the multifaceted and creative depth of the Christian imagination as artists made in the image of a creative and masterful God. Students also develop relational and personal mindfulness that orients the artist to the complex and varied expressions of beauty in our complex reality. Unlike fine arts programs that train students in particular crafts, this rich educational experience prepares artists to think prophetically and theologically in order to create transformational experiences for people and cultures through their creative work.
Global & Social Partnership Track
The Global & Social Partnership track prepares social entrepreneurs to transform the context of community relationships toward humility, curiosity, and mutuality.
Students are equipped to become advocates for holistic justice and reconciliation rooted in the biblical narrative and a rich theological understanding of global issues in a postcolonial context. Students become readers of culture and systems, while also developing relational intelligence that allows them to listen well to the communal narratives that have developed these systems. These social entrepeneurs are called to think imaginatively on behalf of God, humanity, and creation to seek innovative solutions marked by the gospel of Jesus Christ to provoke global, systemic, local, and relational transformation.
Interdisciplinary Studies Track
The Interdisciplinary Studies track prepares students with unique vocational paths to move into their calling with a framework of theological, psychological, and cultural awareness.
Students are invited to discern how to allow their unique calling to flourish by developing relational capacity alongside a rich understanding of biblical exegesis, theological formation, cultural engagement, and interpersonal dynamics. This program is built for students who wish to integrate The Seattle School’s foundational disciplines with an innovative calling or seek to invigorate a more traditional vocation with a transformational approach. The Master of Arts in Theology & Culture’s Interdisciplinary Studies track gives capacity for those who seek a deeper understanding of God, themselves, people, and cultures in order to discern how to live into who they have been called to be in the world.
The Master of Arts in Theology & Culture program equips leaders, artists, and social entrepreneurs to use theological, cultural, psychological and biblical paradigms to inform their vocational calling. Graduates of the Theology & Culture program will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate the ability to critically explore the complexity of human culture in context, utilizing a Christian theological perspective.
- Articulate how theology and culture interrelate as they shape our social practices and life in community.
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and implement an informed biblical, theological and psychological perspective as a vital function of Christian community and service to neighbor.
- Exhibit the ability to continue maturing one’s spiritual and psychological health within the context of community.
- Engage in a process of vocational discernment in light of God’s call to love God, neighbor, self and world.