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, … read more

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 […]

2020 Commencement to Celebrate Virtually

On Monday, April 6th, Seminary of the Southwest announced that commencement exercises and other activity scheduled to occur on May 20, 2020 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard would be moved to an on-line format. During a zoom meeting with the senior class the Friday beforehand, the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean […]

Dean Kittredge Announces Plans for Holy Week

Improvisational Liturgy for Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday 2020 A note from Dean Kittredge: Dear Community of Southwest: The pandemic has made gathering in groups for worship impossible this year. Members of the seminary community and friends in the ecumenical Christian community in Austin have a powerful longing to celebrate in a corporate […]

Southwest Launches Response to COVID-19 Crisis

On Friday, March 13, members of the Southwest COVID-19 taks force met for a day-long session to determine the proper next steps for Southwest as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. The work of this group led to the creation of a centralized informational website located here. The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, who leads the task […]