4th Annual Symposia: An Intersection of Conversation & Innovation

As we celebrate The Seattle School’s 21st birthday and dream about the years ahead, we can think of no better way to mark the occasion than gathering together to witness, be inspired by, and learn from the work of our alumni. Symposia was created to champion our alumni and the innovative ways they extend our mission into the world.

In Ancient Greece, the symposium served as a venue for philosophers, poets, musicians, and leaders to gather and share ideas. Symposia were forums for conversations that would fuel innovation and imagination. Standing at the intersection of many schools of thought, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology fosters an environment of conversations and exploration, seeking to be a symposium for the modern age.

With that history and vision in mind, we are proud to present the 4th annual Symposia: An Intersection of Conversation & Innovation on October 6, 2018. This year’s symposium-style event will feature several alumni presenters and artists, as well as a faculty keynote speaker, Dr. Angela Parker, gathered together to share about their innovative work at the intersection of theology, psychology, and culture as they collectively engage the theme Roots.

The spirit of dialogue and collaboration behind Symposia is rooted in this basic premise: We all have much to offer, and we all have much to learn. We can’t wait to learn from our alumni to discover what they are offering the world through their intelligence, creativity, and compassion.

Each ticket will include a $5 voucher to be used as a direct contribution that will help further the work of the presenter of your choice. The Seattle School will match all contributions by 100%. Also included with each ticket is a drink voucher redeemable at the reception to follow Symposia from 5:00-6:00PM.

We look forward to robust dialogue that inspires imagination with our alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and neighbors in the greater Seattle community and virtually at Awaycomings with our non-local alumni as they gather together across the nation. All are welcome. We’re excited for you to join us!

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  • Hillary Augustine (MAC 2007) – Enter The Currency Experience™: An Interconnected and Holistic Framework to Guide Your Life Design, Financial Alignment, and Organizational Decisions.
  • Amy Barker D’Alessandro (MACP 2010) – When Roots Are Severed: Becoming an Adoption Savvy Therapist
  • Jeffrey Batstone (MACP 2010) – Opening to Grief through Self-Compassion
  • Kristen Gilfillan (MACP 2013) – “Yeah, well, most temples I’ve ever seen are huge!”, and other things we forget when talking about the body being the temple of the Holy Spirit: Casting a Life-giving Vision of Fat Bodies in the Church.
  • Holly Hibbert (MAC 2006) – “Get the Word in Your Body” – Planting A Garden for Jesus to Live in
  • Lauren Sawyer (MATC 2014) – Constructing an Ethic from the “Uprooting” of Purity Culture
  • Jay Stringer (MDIV, MACP 2009) – What Our Sexual Fantasies (Might) Say About Us: Research from 3,800 People
  • Daniel Tidwell (MDiv 2010) – Bitter Fruit: Rooting Out Oppression in the Family Tree
  • Corinne Vance (MACP, MACS 2011) – Devastation to Restoration: Embracing Hope in the World of Human Trafficking
  • Naomi Wachira (MACS 2010) – I am Because You Are
  • Ruth Wiley (MACP 2015) – The Roots of Self-Compassion
  • Ashley Zimmerman (MACP 2015) – Embodying Contextual Stories of Resilience
  • Featured artwork from Amber Englund (MACP 2015)