Fall 2020 Instruction Update- July 28, 2020

Dear Members of the Seminary Community, Grace and peace to you in mid-summer. I hope you are able to find some time for recreation in these months, even briefly or imperfectly, during this most unusual summer. Thank you for everything you are doing to support yourselves and your families and maintain the fabric of this … read more

Prayer Vigil of Vision, Witness, and Justice

On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd, in handcuffs, was pinned facedown on the ground by a white police officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, killing Floyd. The outrage that followed – along with the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – led to a global […]

Student Led Iconography Workshops at Southwest

‘Just like the way the brush flows across the surface, so does the spirit flow.’ Over two weeks in June 2020, Seminary of the Southwest hosted a student-led iconography workshop – a follow-up to a similar effort held at the end of January before the spring semester began. A group of seminary students gathered each […]

Southwest Announcement on Fall Instruction

Grace and peace to you. I write to you in a time of growing alarm about the surge of COVID-19 cases in Austin and as we continue our planning for resuming our life together in August. Thank you for all you are doing to care for yourselves, your families, and your classmates to “walk the […]

Statement from the Dean on Responding to Racial Injustice

May 30, 2020 Dear Friends and Members of the Community at Southwest: You are in my prayers as you begin whatever summer schedule you have been able to arrange. The pandemic has exposed the injustice built into American society. The deadly impact of COVID-19 has overwhelmingly affected communities of color. The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, […]

Southwest announces 2020-21 Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence

The Rev. Yolanda Norton appointed to serve in the position created by the partnership between Southwest and Black Religious Scholars Group Seminary of the Southwest, and the Black Religious Scholars Group, Inc. (BRSG) announce that the Rev. Yolanda Norton will be the Crump Visiting Professor and Black Religious Scholars Group Scholar-in-Residence for the 2020-2021 academic […]

The 69th Commencement of Seminary of the Southwest

Class of 2020 Graduates in Online Services On Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Seminary of the Southwest held its 69th Commencement exercises, conferring degrees to the 28 members of the Class of 2020. Like many seminaries, colleges, and universities globally, the services were hosted online, with friends and family of the seminary […]

Send a Message of Support for all Seminarians

As a friend of Seminary of the Southwest, you understand the importance of graduation in the life of a seminarian. Because of the unique circumstances we find ourselves in, many of the events surrounding graduation will not happen in their usual way in 2020.   This year, we invite you to send a note of […]

The Pandemic Crisis: One Month In

Resilience, Creativity, and Determination Define the Last 30 Days for Southwest. On March 13, 2020, with the pandemic crisis escalating rapidly across the nation and the world, Seminary of the Southwest joined most other institutions in the Austin area in closing all buildings on campus and entering into a stage of remote operation. The week […]