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I did my graduate coursework for my Master of Divinity at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology from 2008-2012. The mission of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology 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.”

The Seattle School Master of Divinity degree is a unique program.  During my time there, I had the opportunity to participate in many innovative ways of doing and understanding theology, biblical studies, pastoral ministry, and psychology.

While at the Seattle school,

  • I completed a one year pastoral internship at Covington Community Church of the Brethren.  CCCoB is a tiny mountain church that was in the midst of a identity re-formation when I arrived to do my internship.  I had the opportunity to work with my friend & mentor, Jeremy Ashworth, who was restructuring the church in pretty significant ways.  I participated on the newly restructured leadership team, as well as gained experience in some of the financial and other administrative tasks of the church.
  • I completed an Integrative Project entitled, “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE COME CLOSE?: TOWARD A THEOLOGICAL HERMENEUTIC OF SUFFERING AND LITURGICAL PRAXIS OF COMPASSION,” presented to the faculty of Divinity program. The project explored themes of suffering, liturgy, and lament integrated with my experiences traveling and working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti pre- and post- the 2010 earthquake.  You can read that project HERE.
  • I received two years of intense practicum training and evaluation in interpersonal foundations, my personal relational patterns and pathologies, and listening and feedback skills in the counseling and pastoral contexts.
  • Additionally, I completed the following list of courses:

Theology and Cultural Engagement

  • Theories of Culture & Engagement of Postmodernity
  • Mission in a Global Context
  • Our Religious Impulse: Encountering Religious Otherness
  • Philosophy I: Plato to Kant
  • Philosophy II: Hegel and Beyond
  • Church History I: From Jesus to Renaissance
  • Church History II: Enlightenment to the Present
  • Theology I: God, Humanity, and Christ
  • Theology II: Spirit, Church, and Last Things
  • Theology of Spiritual Formation
  • Theology and the Artistic Impulse
  • Beauty and Worship

Bible and Textual Interpretation

  • Introduction to the Hermeneutical Task
  • Reading Practices: Engaging the Biblical Text
  • Old Testament Genre
  • New Testament Genre
  • Intro to Biblical Languages I: Opening the Hebrew Text
  • Intro to Biblical Languages II: Opening the Greek Text
  • Textual Synthesis I: Book of Ruth
  • Textual Synthesis II: Book of Romans
  • Integrative Project: Exploring the Future
  • Biblical Theology
  • Isaiah
  • Narrative Hermeneutics
  • Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence

Relational Leadership, Ministry Practice, and Spiritual Formation

  • Marriage and Family
  • Faith, Hope and Love: Ultimate Relational Concerns
  • Interpersonal Foundations: Dialogue and Presence
  • Life Together I: Ancient-Future Focus
  • Life Together II: Relational Ethics
  • Homiletics: Crafting Transformational Moments
  • Leadership in Organizations I
  • Leadership in Organizations II
  • Developing Inter-Cultural Competency
  • Spiritual Formation: Prayer, Presence and Practice
  • Essential Community
  • First-Year Practicum Part I
  • First-Year Practicum Part II
  • MDIV Practicum II
  • MDIV Practicum III
  • Spirituality and Sabbath
  • C.S. Lewis: Theological Perspectives for Spiritual Formation
  • Celtic Spirituality
  • Prayer I