Panel on Resurrection Hope and Difficult Funerals

Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm in Mulder Chapel A sudden, surprising death. The death of a young person. A funeral for someone with only distant connections to faith and the church. How can pastors and congregations at large respond in light…

Renewing Resurrection Hope in a Medical Age

Dr. J. Todd Billings has noticed a major theme as he talks with recent graduates and young pastors:  they are uncertain how to address death and dying within their congregations. This is a topic close to Dr. Billings, as he lives…

May 8, 2017 - Commencement and Alumni Day

Monday, May 8 Schedule: 8:45am - Opening Worship and Senior Blessing for DL and DMin students, friends and family (Mulder Chapel) 11:45am - Registration & Reunion lunches for the Class of 1967 and the Class of 1977 (Semelink Hall) 1:30pm…

Register Now for the 2017 Writer's Workshop

On May 16-17, Western Theological Seminary and Hope College will co-host a Writer's Workshop featuring award-winning author Barbara Brown Taylor. Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, professor, and…

Generous Grant will Further Work in Disability and Ministry

In November of 2016, Western Theological Seminary was awarded a $425,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Established by Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the Luce Foundation offers grants in eight program areas…

Ilyas Finds Refuge at WTS

Recently, a local TV station came to WTS to interview our maintenance assistant, Ilyas Zadran, who is a refugee from Afghanistan. Ilyas began working at the seminary last year, shortly after arriving in the U.S. with his young family. Meet…

Dealing Faithfully with Dementia

Introducing the work of Dr. Suzanne McDonald, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology Dr. Suzanne McDonald has been studying and reflecting on the topic of dementia for 20 years. She has developed a two-part class for churches…

Stories from the Oman Intercultural Immersion

Matt Shults M.Div. Middler We were halfway around the world sitting at a conference table listening to stories and concerns that sounded so familiar, it was as if we were sitting at grandma’s kitchen table having similar conversations.…

Osterhaven Lecture Series on Theology: March 20-21

"Sola Scriptura? Scripture and Tradition" Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic scholars reflect on the Reformation notion of sola scriptura. Monday March 20 at 3:00 PM in…

“My Job is to Notice”: Connecting church, city and community

The Van Raalte Fellowship is a new partnership between Western Theological Seminary, 3sixty ministries (a community development non-profit), Pillar Church, and All Saints Anglican Church. The two-year fellowship allows students to earn internship…

Doxophilia 2017

March 13-17, 2017 with Worship Artist-in-Residence Greg Scheer     Events: Mon-Fri, March 13-17, 9:40-10:00 - Chapel every day Monday, March 13, 3:00pm - Lecture: "Praise & Worship - from the Jesus Movement to…

Celebration of Women in Church Leadership

3rd Annual Celebration of Women in Church Leadership Saturday, March 4th, 2017 8:30 am-4:00 pm Western Theological Seminary This full-day retreat will celebrate, encourage and equip women, creating sacred space for us to connect with each…

Our New Day at Western Theological Seminary

By Dana Daniels ‘16 Associate Director of Development   “For capital campaigns, we recommend appointing a campaign manager.” My ears perked up when I heard this advice during a presentation from The Focus Group, the firm…

The Past Speaks to the Present

by Marcia Bosma Master of Divinity Student, Middler year This past June, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Every year, FASPE selects small groups of…

Why not?: how one student spent his summer learning about Islam

by Adam Van Der Stoep Master of Divinity Student, senior year “Allahhu Akbar” rang throughout the masjid’s (mosque’s) sound system as one of the Muslim men began to melodically chant the adhan, the call to worship. Those attending…