Greetings Alumni!

I write to you on behalf of The Office of The President, your Brother Paul Steinke, and all your friends and fans at your Alma Mater/Pater here at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. I’m so honored to be stepping back in the mix as your Supervisor of Alumni Outreach after a beautiful maternity leave. Please enjoy this bountiful Spring Edition of your Continuing Conversations alumni newsletter that includes updates on current job openings, amazing alumni news, alumni offerings, a special spotlight, and more.

We have so many exciting projects and plans:

Join us in Denver & Nashville in the coming months where we will honor Dan and Becky Allender in Benefit Dinners to bless and launch their legacy For Generations To Come.

RSVP for Denver  RSVP for Nashville 

Please know that you can reach us at with any ongoing needs you find yourself facing. Remember you have lifelong access to research and interlibrary loans, audit vouchers for coursework (see below) and there is a beautiful web of interconnected community members sprawling across the US and beyond – connect with your local alumni chapters and alumni quad with news on local events, connections, and resources. If there’s any way we can support you do not hesitate to reach out to us.

As 2024 continues to unfurl we pray that deep breaths refresh you, friendships bloom and bless you, and that countless comforts bring rest and healing in all you traverse.

We send you all our love,
Jocelyn Skillman MACP ‘13
Supervisor of Alumni Outreach

Join Ron Ruthruff and current students in Northwest Native History, Culture, and Spirituality next month in Yakima, WA- learn more here!

Community Updates

Beginning the Goodbye to 2501 Elliott Avenue

Alumni, staff, faculty, students, donors, program participants, and friends of The Seattle School gathered last month to start crossing the threshold into a year-long transition for our community, as we plan to move from 2501 Elliott Avenue to a new space and home at 1130 Rainier Avenue South in spring 2025. On February 2, 2024, we began the journey together of saying goodbye to the Red Brick Building, recognizing the stories and moments of encounter by placing notes and candles in these sacred spaces.

The Stanley Grenz Lecture Series 2024

Womanist theologian and ordained minister Dr. Angela Parker joined The Seattle School on January 12, 2024, for a conversation on “America’s Failing Empire: A Womanist New Testament Response to Rising White Christian Nationalism.” Watch this dynamic lecture!

Job Openings at The Seattle School

The Seattle School regularly posts teaching positions in the graduate programs at Current Openings. Currently, we are hiring two full-time positions to start Fall 2024: a Core Faculty member in the MACP program as well as a Director of Clinical Training, with preference given to candidates who apply by April 2.

In addition, each spring around April, we post open Adjunct Faculty, Listening Lab, and Assistant Instructor positions for the upcoming school year. If you have teaching or facilitating experience and are interested in working with us, keep an eye out for new postings in the coming months.

Faculty News & Conversations

New Book: Check out the new book from faculty member Joel Aguilar: A Human Catechism: A Journey from Violence and Collective Woundedness to Peacebuilding.

Ghosts & Shadows: A Conversation Series As we marked 25 years since the founding of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Dr. Doug Shirley MDiv ’06 and Dr. Paul Hoard, two of our core faculty members, began exploring together what it means for our institution to have a history and to be haunted by a legacy. Check out the conversation in essays and podcasts beginning in this blog post. Podcast guests included Dr. Curt Thompson, Dr. Monique Gadson, Dr. Chelle Stearns, and Dr. J. Derek McNeil.

Board Games & Mental Health: Seattle School faculty Paul Hoard, PhD, and Jermaine Ma, PhD, along with Paul Steinke MACS ’05 MACP ’23 have started a series exploring the intersection of psychology, theology, and the art form of board games through some of the unique lenses of analysis and critique at The Seattle School. Check out this video–and look for more in this series soon!

Alumni Spotlight

Cynthia Beach, Certificate in Spiritual Direction ’02 authored The Surface of Water, a contemporary novel about Chicago megachurch pastor Matthew Goodman and his secret (InterVarsity, 2024). Learn more about Cynthia’s story–which dates back to the early days of The Seattle School–including her 30 years as a professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornerstone University.

Read More about Cynthia

Alumni News

Alumni Offerings

Do you have any news? Let us know!

Christ & Cascadia Gathering April 2024

Join us for the inaugural Christ & Cascadia Gathering in Federal Way, WA on April 25, 2024!
You’re invited to join us for a unique, relationship-focused event this Spring that addresses the pressing questions of our time and place. The 2024 Christ & Cascadia Gathering marks the revival of an annual Christ & Cascadia tradition, now under the stewardship of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. This event is an opportunity for Christ followers to come together, share ideas, and collectively envision the future of Christianity in our region. This year, conversation will be centered around this question: What is distinct about ministry in Cascadia?

Note: This event is held in partnership with the Inhabit Conference. When you purchase a ticket for the Christ & Cascadia Gathering on April 25, you will receive a 10% discount for the Inhabit Conference on April 26-27.
Learn more about this event and reserve your spot:

Allender Center News

Stories That Shape Us: Webinar with Dr. Dan Allender and Adam Young

Join Dr. Dan Allender and Adam Young, LCSW, MDiv, for their upcoming webinar, Exploring Triangulation Within Your Family of Origin. In this two-hour, interactive webinar, you’ll delve into stories where some children are favored while others bear the weight of not being chosen, and discover the envy underlying many family narratives. Using the Joseph story in Genesis as a guide, we’ll examine family roles and the profound impacts of being chosen or unchosen. Register for the webinar and learn more about additional upcoming events at

Updates from The Other Journal

Sign up to receive The Other Journal free newsletter where each month Editor-in-Chief Zac Settle shares insights and curated recommendations! For more access to each new issue and the entire archive, subscribe to The Other Journal

In our next issue, we seek theological-infused submissions on themes of money. We accept essays, creative writing, art, and reviews that uniquely engage this complex topic. We seek contributions that table this theme with verve and slant by way of their distinctive style, ideas, and progressive consideration of the other. 

Community Podcasts

Alumni Community Audit Voucher & Reduced Tuition

With more online courses available now, you won’t want to miss your opportunity to redeem your annual community audit voucher! As lifelong learners, our Alumni may join a class for free once a year with the annual Community Audit Voucher. Auditing a class is different from earning graduate credit or continuing education hours for a course, however, CEUs may be purchased for $30/seat hour. In addition, all non-degree seeking alumni in need of additional course credits receive a discounted tuition rate of $500 per credit. 

View the 2023-2024 course schedule to get an idea of what you may be interested in. To register for a course using the Community Audit Voucher, please email Kelsey Wallace at for details and class availability.

Alumni Announcements & News

If you would like to place an announcement or share news in our upcoming quarterly alumni newsletter, please email Jocelyn Skillman at Thank you!

Facebook – At The Seattle School Alumni Association Facebook Group you can offer and gather professional resources, promote your own events and more, learn of upcoming events and information, and connect with fellow alumni. It has been an active and vibrant place for communication.