Southwest Co-hosts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curricular Development Workshop

This past June, Seminary of the Southwest, in partnership with the Black Religious Scholars Group and SEES (Strategic Ethical Expert Solutions), hosted “Teaching to Transcend: A DEI Consultation on Transformative Teaching in Theological Education.” Representatives from Episcopal seminaries from across the country attended, with Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Bexley Seabury, Sewanee, and General all … read more

Southwest Students Attend Virtual Preaching Excellence Programs

For more than 32 years the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF) has delivered its Preaching Excellence Programs (PEP) to seminarians, postulants and ordained clergy via face-to-face gatherings. Now, moving into a second year after Covid-19 restrictions mandated a pivot to Zoom meetings in 2020, and with the support of technical partner Bexley Seabury Seminary, the EPF recently completed its […]

The Rev. Dr. Jane Lancaster Patterson Retires

This past spring, The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD, associate professor of New Testament, announced her retirement from Southwest after a long and meaningful career as a priest, scholar, and beloved teacher. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 after teaching part-time and serving as interim director of Theological Field Education from 2003–2005. Her wide range […]

The 70th Commencement Exercises of Seminary of the Southwest

In the shadow of a slowly receding pandemic giving way to optimism that old traditions can be renewed, Seminary of the Southwest hosted its two traditional graduation ceremonies – in person on May 18 and 19, 2021.  The services – an Order of Worship for the Evening with the Presentation of the Seminary Crosses, and […]

The Rev. Jay Alanís Retires

This year marks the Rev. Dr. Javier “Jay” Alanís’ retirement as Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Mission at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), an extension program of Wartburg Theological Seminary and LSTC, and as Executive Director of LSPS in Austin, Texas.  The core mission of LSPS is to prepare leaders for Hispanic ministry contexts in the Southwest […]

Booher Library Releases Creation Care Lib Guide for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Please celebrate Earth Day with the Booher Library by visiting our Creation Care LibGuide. The libguide features ebooks, print books, web resources, and photos of our beautiful community garden. Best of all, the home page features a photo of our very youngest gardener. (Cuteness warning!) Many thanks to those in our community who […]

Holy Week: Lesson Learned and Gifts Received

This past Holy Week, in the shadow of the slowly receding pandemic, the community of Seminary of the Southwest gathered to celebrate the Triduum in the style that has come to define Southwest: celebrating the liturgy in new and creative ways. Building on the lessons learned throughout year where most worship has occurred outdoors or […]

Baldwin-McGinnis Speaks on Prophetic Preaching at 2021 Harvey Lecture

This year’s student-led Harvey Lecture, “Jesus Speaks: The Call to Prophetic Preaching,” was given by The Rev. Carissa Baldwin-McGinnis, Class of 2007. The event was Monday, April 12, 2021, live on the Motte, with the lecture streamed to the Southwest Facebook page. Liturgy began at 5:00 p.m. with a Spanish Eucharist service, with the lecture following […]

Community Becomes an Action Verb: The Crisis within the Crisis

A Storm Unlike Any On February 14, 2021, Winter Storm Uri brought historic and dangerous winter weather to the state of Texas. Temperatures dropped to record levels, and a severe storm of snow and ice blanketed most of the state, dropping historic amounts of snow in areas where snowfall is highly uncommon. For the first […]