Life together at The Seattle School
The Seattle School is uniquely one-another-minded. Our mission is to train people to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships. To that end, student life at The Seattle School is full, engaged, and designed to put you in the way of others and in the way of God.
These are some of our key practices in our student life together.
Office of Students and Alumni
The Office of Students & Alumni (OSA) views students through the lens of being future practitioners in your respective fields and offers resources and support towards that end. OSA exists to cultivate the vocational sustainability of our students and alumni through the design, oversight, and implementation of multiple and varied rhythms and services, co-curricular programming, spiritual formation, and pastoral care for students, alumni, and their families across the student-alumni lifecycle.
Community life and rhythms at The Seattle School are co-created by faculty, staff, and students. Student Leadership invites students and spouses/partners to shape and embody the vision and mission of The Seattle School for the sake of blessing our community, the neighborhood of Belltown, and the larger community of Seattle.
Student Council exists to be a representative of the student body on two fronts: building healthy and trust-filled relationships between faculty and students, and nurturing a culture that engages diversity and difference through our Intercultural Engagement practices.
Anamchara is a Gaelic concept with a rich Celtic monastic tradition, literally meaning “soul friend”. Anamchara serves as the hands and feet of Christ, creating contexts for “soulful” connections. They steward the Commons, connect neighbors for community dinners, facilitate moving help for first year students, and come alongside your journey as a student at The Seattle School.
Sacred Space creates opportunities to rest, wrestle, and play in relationship with God, ourselves, and each other. They steward the spiritual rhythms of student life including the School liturgical calendar, the Chapel space, art gallery spaces and events, and student-led spiritual practice groups.
Mosaic exists to support the partners and families of Seattle School students. This takes a few different forms, including regular opportunities to participate in School life as a family, and childcare support to give parents a well-deserved break.
Student Lifecycle Groups
The Seattle School prepares people for the work of serving God and neighbor. Whether this looks like practicing as a therapist, pastor, organizer, artist, or some other kind of innovator, we know that you are entering challenging vocations where you will enter into some of the world’s deep needs. Through your academic and interpersonal formation here, we partner with you to help you develop rhythms and practices that allow you to flourish spiritually, relationally, and professionally as you steward your own vocation.
Toward this end, first year students meet twice a term in degree-specific small groups led an alumni practicing in their field. Together you will reflect on your ongoing formation, identify resources for vocational development, build capacity for navigating diverse contexts as a practitioner, develop resilience, and grow community with colleagues in your field.
The Seattle School is a community of people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and identities. As people living in a biased culture we are committed to growing our capacity to deeply engage different stories and experiences, critically examine our context all while exercising a commitment to center personhood.
In order to create a context that allows all students to thrive in our community, regardless of race, sexual/gender identity, age, or theological perspective, we’ve developed cultural programs and underrepresented student resources.
Critical Conversations groups are open to all students and meet regularly to engage contemporary cultural events and social issues.
Culture & Film
Culture & Film is a community screening of culturally relevant films and documentaries followed by reflection and discussion.
What do we mean by underrepresentation?
Underrepresentation is not defined solely by demographic statistics but also takes into consideration the values, experiences, and narratives of cultural groups represented in curricular and co-curricular content. Underrepresentation is based around five categories:
- Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
- Theological/Political Perspective
Thrive Gatherings are designed to be constructive environments of connection, conversation and skill development for students from underrepresented groups. Students gather once per term to engage categories that impact the sustainability of underrepresented people in relational vocations. Faculty, staff, alumni, and other practitioners are invited to share their experience and connect with students.
Student Groups (Identity/Interest)
Student groups are peer facilitated communities designed to bring together students based on a shared interest or identity. Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to gather together with others who share similar experiences and/or values. These groups are designed to help support the development of cultural identity of students as they develop a capacity for critical self reflection within a diverse social context.
Alumni Guides are alumni practitioners who serve as a primary resource for students from underrepresented groups at The Seattle School. Students can request a match with an Alumni Guide within their respective degree program and desired vocational practice. As alumni of The Seattle School, Alumni Guides offer context and connection between the formational experiences of graduate education and practice.
Henri Matisse’s “la danse” illustrates the invitation of a Kingdom community: struggling to learn, labor, love, and serve one another.
Alumnus Phil Nellis reimagined the work through “La Danse Revisited.” The piece was commissioned by our community to remind us who we are: a diverse community practicing life together around the interplay of text, soul, and culture.
La Danse Award
Each year we commission an artist from our community to create their own interpretation of Matisse’s La Danse. At the Spring Banquet, we display the artist’s work, and we honor The Seattle School community along with four individuals—one faculty, one staff, and two students or spouses/partners, who we collectively believe to be exemplars of la danse in our midst.
2017 La Danse Recipients
- Angela Parker, PhD, faculty
- Kartha Heinz, Staff
- Kathy McClay, MACP ‘18
- Alex Mrakovich, MDIv ‘18
- The Seattle School Community
Artist: Lindsay Braman, MACP ‘19
For seven days each year, artists from within our community reside in our building to create, explore, dialogue, and collaborate with one another in their artistic endeavors around a common theme. Each evening, artists come together around the table for dinner and fellowship with one another for conversation and rest during the creative process.
The Artist Residency is open to students, spouses/partners, and alumni. In the term following the residency, artists display their work in the Community Gallery and have the opportunity to share both their work and their creative process during a reception.
2017–2018 Residency: “Repairer of the Breach”
- Lindsay Braman
- Heather Casimere
- Kate Creech
- Katie Lin
- Alissa Mazzenga
- Genevra Vanhoozer
- Jonnie Washburn