As we mark our 25 Year Anniversary, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is creating and supporting more opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to serve our community. Our mission has been to train people to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships. In this next 25 years, as we train healers and builders to serve their communities, we recognize that we want to live further into our mission of service and build partnerships. 

On Friday May 19, 2023, some of The Seattle School community spent the day on at Circlewood Village, a 40-acre forest on Camano Island, WA that will become a center for transformation and innovation through connection, collaboration, and co-learning. Circlewood Village is a part of Circlewood,  a non-profit organization focusing on “accelerating the greening of faith.” 

The day began with a time of teaching from Circlewood’s Forrest Inslee, Associate Director, and James Amadon, Executive Director. Forrest and James shared about the vision for the future of the land at Circlewood Village as well as a devotional from Rev. Randy Woodley, indigenous author and teacher. 

The Seattle School community then began building two large animal habitats using fell trees, branches, and leaves on the land. The second task was to clear a large field of invasive blackberries and use the clippings to cover the animal habitats. On this Day of Service in 2023, Seattle School community members were grateful to laugh and play as they served alongside colleagues and friends in the fresh air. 

The next Day of Service for The Seattle School community will be Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in 2024. We look forward to partnering with more organizations for service in these next 25 years.