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We are a robustly Christian learning community committed to whole-person, interdisciplinary training that transforms. We are known as a graduate school and seminary, but many of our courses are also open to the community for graduate credit, audit, and continuing education units. We invite you to listen, learn, and respond with us to a world in profound need of people who are courageous, embodied, and spiritually-rooted. Our spring term begins on April 20, 2020. We encourage you to apply. All are welcome. Browse our complete list of courses.

Toward a Spirituality of Contextual Listening Amidst COVID19

April 21—June 16, 2020, Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm (1 credit | TCE 575A)

Many of us are discovering new levels of fear and loneliness, finding ourselves navigating complex emotions, and profound changes to our living situations. Part of loving our neighbors is anticipating the changes that may affect them tomorrow. While we can’t know for sure how COVID19 will alter our world, we can listen deeply.

Taught by Dr. Dwight Friesen, this elective online course invites participants to develop a practical spirituality for following Christ by loving God through loving their neighbors amidst COVID19. Participants will engage in listening exercises, equipping them to understand how the relational ecosystem of their neighborhood is being transformed through the reality of the pandemic. Participants will also learn how to listen to their respective context using forecasting skills to anticipate how their neighborhood may be impacted, and design ways of bringing neighbors together to move toward becoming a more resilient community together.

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Love in Public

April 22—June 17, 2020, Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm (2 credits | BTI 521)

Taught by Dr. Ron Ruthruff, this course will explore the use of the Bible in relation to contemporary social issues. Participants will examine issues such as racism, poverty, sexism, gender violence, and sexual orientation in light of a Christocentric Theological Anthropology, and will identify how a biblical story of abundance, embodiment, and peacemaking can do justice in the world.

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Human Sexuality 

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April 22—June 17, 2020, Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30pm (2 credits | CSL 565 )

Taught by Doug Hansen, this course is designed to ask questions about the nature of biological sexuality, sexual preference, sexual identity, and desire. The course will seek to explore multiple perspectives to attempt to understand such questions from scientific research, developmental theory, cultural influences, and relational experience. Students will consider several ways of understanding and working with sexuality in their personal lives and in clinical settings, equipping them to think critically and work effectively in various cultures and systems.

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C.S. Lewis: Theological Perspectives for Spiritual Formation

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April 22 – June 17, 2020, Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm (2 credits | SFD 522)

Taught by Dr. Chelle Stearns, this course will examine the literary legacy of one the twentieth century’s foremost Christian authors. More specifically, it will explore the theological perspectives of C. S. Lewis:perspectives that speak of God, humanity, nature, love, heaven, hell, prayer, pain and suffering, and ethics. Students will critically reflect on how these insights might inform, nourish, challenge and support their own relationship with God and God’s work in the world.

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Leadership in Organizations I

May 12—June 19, 2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am-3:00pm (3 credits | RLM 510)
June 2 and June 4, 10:00am-5:00pm

Taught by Rose Swetman, this course will examine the importance of Christian Leadership with regard to personal leadership in multiple contexts: primarily, the church, parachurch, and non-profit settings. It will explore the importance of character, discover different leadership styles, explore gender issues and give a theological framework for leadership. Recognizing that leadership exists in context, the student will learn to discern their place in leadership within specific environments.

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Substance Abuse

April 22—June 19, 2020, Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm (2 credits | CSL 521B)

Taught by Krista Law, this course is designed to provide foundational concepts to understand addictive processes and to provide appropriate therapy. The course explores existential, theological, and biological foundations, and provides instruction in assessment and treatment of those who are drug or alcohol addicted. Individual, family, and community issues surrounding addictions and abuse are covered.

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We Invite You to Listen, Learn, and Respond With Us

We offer non-degree and community audit admission for individuals desiring to get their feet wet by taking a course or two; students enrolled in other graduate programs who want to take a course for transfer credit; professionals seeking continuing education units; and curious folks who simply love learning. All are welcome. We keep the admissions process simple and relational, and there is no cost to apply.

Non-Degree Enrollment

Non-degree enrollment provides an official record and transcript of for-credit coursework, which serves as proof of seat hours for continuing education units or as documentation for transferring credits into a degree program. Non-degree tuition is $660 per credit hour.

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Community Audit Enrollment

Community audit enrollment provides the opportunity to participate in our learning community by attending classes. An official record and transcript is provided but coursework is not credit bearing. The transcript provides seat hours, which serves as proof of seat hours for continuing education units. Community audit tuition is $250 per credit hour.

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Connect With Us

Feel free to connect with us at (206) 876-6155 or at admissions@theseattleschool.edu for questions or conversation.