“The primary reason the human race has endured over the centuries is because each generation gives birth to leaders with the passion, perseverance, and courage to make the world a more just and humane place. This is tough work, requiring a lifetime of commitment and the endurance of mind, heart and soul. Based on a critical reading of history, the last– soul –is the most important factor. The majority of the quantum leaps we have made in humanity have been initiated by people grounded in some form of faith, usually one rooted deeply in an historic tradition that has spent centuries trying to engage notions of the transcendent and absolute in a creative dialogue with the here and now.
The abolition of slavery, appreciating and tending to the mentally ill, laws forbidding child labor and allowing for unionization, the early work for women’s rights and creating a safety net for the poor, the end of Jim Crow laws, major movements for peace … these movements and many more began with people of faith trusting in their God-given, God-inspired and God-sustained abilities to make something more of themselves and our world. These movers and shakers knew they could become more because they could imagine themselves and their world as more, and they knew that in this complex and difficult work they were not laboring in the vineyard alone.
There is nothing quite as thrilling as making the world a more merciful, thoughtful, caring, just and authentic place, even if it is only in your own little corner. If we all grew up believing that this is really how you “make something of yourself,” the human race would experience a lot less heartache and suffering.
If you are interested in keeping your eye on future leaders who are truly trying to “make something of themselves,” who are formed in the mold of the people who have created the kind of positive change that has made the world more like God originally intended it, look to alumni of the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. Our graduates have been educated in an environment that requires them to stretch their potential, to find their voice and mission, and the courage to pursue ‘a road less traveled,’ in Robert Frost’s famous words. And, along with these lessons, they have learned how to build bridges across the kinds of divides that keep humans from solving our most difficult problems. These women and men are what they call in Yiddish– ‘mentsches’—filled with admirable qualities, honorable, decent and authentic.
We are a little more than one month past the NFL Draft, but if you want to watch something truly exciting, forget about Tony Gonzalez on the Kansas City Chiefs or Maurice Jones Drew on the Jacksonville Jaguars or Bo Jackson on the Oakland Raiders. If you want real excitement, watch our graduates. They are going to change the world.
School of Theology and Ministry graduates flooded into Seattle Center’s Key Arena near the Space Needle on Sunday, June 16, to recognize the completion of their education at Seattle University, and to take a bold step into a future that will bring many blessings to others. These are the kinds of people who will leave trails of grace behind them. They have already left a mark on the region through their ministries and efforts for community and social change, but you can bet they will do even more amazing things with the rest of the time they have on this earth.
Congratulations to all graduates, current and past. We celebrate your contribution to our world! Thanks for giving the world a real gift of the magi–yourself!”
Lorenzo Herman, SJ receives the Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Award (received by Joe Cotton, MAPS in our school last year), as all of the School of Theology & Ministry graduates give a standing ovation.
Live at the Key Arena, President Steve Sundborg, SJ addressed the graduates about what SeattleU offers its new alumni.
Larry Walls, MDIV just closed the ceremony with the benediction.
Dr. Guardiola-Sáenz, Dr. Eppler & Dr. Davis