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 or for audit. 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 summer term begins on May 6. We encourage you to apply by April 15. All are welcome. Browse our complete list of courses. 

Pilgrimage to the Sonoran Desert

April 28 – May 3 (1 credit | SFD 575A)
Pilgrimage is about so much more than a journey or an adventure—it’s an arc of learning that involves leaving home, confronting new challenges, and returning home as transformed people of service. Join spiritual directors Lacy Ellman and Tom Cashman on a pilgrimage to the Sonoran Desert, April 28-May 3, to explore the contemplative path in community and learn from the fierce and unique desert landscape. Get more details about the trip here. 

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Feminist/Womanist Hermeneutics

Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm (2 credits | BTI 522)
How we read the Bible has significant implications for how we engage injustice and the systems of power around us. Dr. Angela Parker invites students to wrestle with feminist and womanist theories in their work of biblical interpretation. Students will examine feminist theoretical works with special attention to the complex, intersectional relationship between sexism and other binary “isms”—including racism, heterosexism, and (neo)colonialism—and then explore strategies for applying theoretical insights to ethical biblical interpretation.

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Group Therapy: The Healing Context of Community

Wednesdays, 5:30-9:00pm or Thursdays, 5:30-9:00pm (2 or 3 credit options available | CSL 518)
What is broken in relationship must be healed in relationship. This experiential course considers group psychotherapy from relational theoretical and theological perspectives. Through readings, class discussion, and immersive experience in a group—all under the wise insights and tender care of Doug Hansen, LSW—students will learn about group development, common group roles and dynamics, intervention techniques, and leadership principles for the various stages of a group.

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Social Entrepreneurship

Thursdays, 9:00am-12:30pm (2 credits | RLM 516)
For engaged, missional people who hope to join the movement of healing in their communities, making money is no longer a compelling purpose for a business. This course will examine how old ways of doing business are becoming new ways of helping. Through real-world examples, critical theory, and the extensive experience and insights of Dr. Ron Ruthruff, students will be introduced to the intersecting worlds of business and human services. Discover how the soul of a business can heal the heart of a community.

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Beauty, Brokenness, and the Cross

Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:30pm (2 credits | TCE 545)
What is the role of beauty in a world marred by trauma, conflict, and fragmentation? Dr. Chelle Stearns will guide students in exploring the concept of beauty through a holistic theology of the cross—including the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Students will engage how true beauty does not exist in a vacuum, but must have the power to identify, confront, and redeem that which is most ugly—even death itself.

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The Art of Pilgrimage

Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-4:00pm; Friday, June 21, 1:00-8:00pm (2 credits | SFD 575B)
The practice of pilgrimage invites us as seekers to become agents of change in our own journeys and in our communities. In this course, Pat Loughery and Lacy Ellman will guide students in learning about pilgrimage through study, reflection, practice, and shared experience, and developing an understanding of how the archetypes of pilgrimage and the Hero’s Journey can be applied in everyday life. This course will include a day trip to Bainbridge Island on June 1.

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