Who We Are
The Seattle School is a progressive graduate school and seminary offering immersive, holistic graduate degree programs in counseling psychology, divinity, theology, and culture. Discover your calling, and hone your craft with us.
We began as a gathering of a few passionate dreamers who imagined a new kind of theological and psychological training—embracing the human story, in its beauty and complexity.
“The prophet is not an outsider throwing rocks, nor a comfortable insider who defends the status quo; but one who lives precariously with two perspectives held tightly together in a loving and creative tension: the faithful insider and the critical outsider. ”Richard Rohr Explore our Programs
Learning Takes Your Whole Body
We live in a complex world. Engaging the beauty, complexity, and brokenness in ourselves and in the people around us requires a new kind of education—one that is robustly Christian, deeply questioning, and profoundly human. If you are seeking to deepen your capacity to work as a therapist, pastor, artist, leader, or healer, we invite you to join us at the intersection of text, soul, and culture.
Dr. Chelle Stearns on Theology & Culture
"We are at a critical time in American culture because we are so convinced that we know. There is something in this moment where we are riled up enough to take to the streets but we don't understand enough to have good dialogue. People in the MA in Theology & Culture program are invited to think well about what culture actually is and how to understand and engage theologically."
Dr. Roy Barsness on Facilitating Change
"Research demonstrates that the single most factor for change in psychotherapy is the relationship between the patient and the therapist. Given that, our program places a high emphasis on the development and formation of the self of the therapist. Working with our patients requires us to be deeply attuned to ourselves and willing to take risks with them in order for change to occur."
Dr. Angela Parker on Developing a Prophetic Voice
"A prophet will raise up a voice that speaks a truth to power in order to bring about change. The Seattle School is committed to forming pastors, chaplains, and leaders to be prophets for the revolution."
Finding Home in an Accelerated Age with Dr. Craig Detweiler
Craig Detweiler talks about six months as President, adaptive resilience, the importance of home, and The Seattle School’s next chapter.
Prophetic Rage: The Theology of Women’s Anger
Jennifer Fernandez writes that anger is not just a social or political necessity; it is in line with a long line of prophetic theological thought.
We Are Still Here
Paul Steinke offers words of welcome and blessing at our fourth annual Symposia: An Intersection of Conversation and Innovation.
“My professors at The Seattle School are not only invested in my classroom learning, but in my becoming more fully who I am, and doing that with grace and patience. I feel called to work with people in such a way that it leads unto joy — and not cheap joy. My primary excitement is being alongside people during the impossible work of lament. ”Carrie Cates, MDiv '17
Faith, Hope, Love: Ultimate Relational Concerns
Consider the pursuit of meaning in the development of identity and explore the concept of maturity from a theological and psychological viewpoint, all while linking mission and identity as a framework for considering one's calling and life.
The Battle of Shame
Examine how shame permeates relationships and is connected to our deepest human fears, and explore how shame can be addressed within a therapeutic context.
Dive into the "Golden Age of Saints and Scholars," wrestling with the lasting impact that the ethos, worldview, and values of Celtic Christianity have on today's Church.
God, Gender & Sexuality
Survey, compare and contrast, and evaluate various perspectives on God, gender, and sexuality from the depth and breadth of the Christian tradition, with special reference to critical social theory around gender and sexual identity.