Day of Common Learning

The Day of Common Learning is a campus-wide event in which students, faculty, staff, and people from the greater Seattle area have the opportunity to engage in deep thought and conversation around a topic of focus, interest, and concern. All seminars, classes, and labs held before 3 p.m. are suspended while classes and labs after 3 p.m. are held as usual.

All events are free and open to the public.

SPU’s Seventeenth Annual Day of Common Learning:

Creation Care and Sustainability 

 Green Jesus: Embracing a Sustainable Faith

Dr. A.J. Swoboda
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The day will begin on Wednesday, October 17, with our public keynote address, by Dr. A.J. Swoboda.

Stewardship of the Earth is not solely a matter of social justice or individual obedience and conviction, stewardship plays an integral role in our discipleship and public witness. Dr. Swoboda will explore how Christians, as people of hope, must reject both despair and skepticism in responding to environmental crisis and instead practice caring for creation in a faithful way, demonstrating how God is at work, redeeming and reconciling not only God’s people, but every part of creation.

Dr. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He is the lead mentor of a Doctor of Ministry program on the Holy Spirit and Leadership at Fuller Seminary, and teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at a number of other universities and Bible colleges. He is the director of Blessed Earth Northwest, an organization focused on creation care issues and Sabbath in the Pacific Northwest. A.J. also serves as the executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance: A consortium of Christian higher-ed schools that provide Christian training in creation care and are implementing sustainable practices. You can find his website and blog at, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

**Interested in viewing this year's Day of Common Learning keynote address? Visit our YouTube site to watch the most recent speaker, as well as past Day of Common Learning speakers.**

Afternoon Seminars

In the afternoon, the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development will host two concurrent 50 minute sessions of forums, seminars, and panel presentations, led by faculty, staff, students and community members. All sessions will be offered twice, from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  Information about breakout sessions can be found here. 

3:30 – 4:20: Talk back with Dr. A.J. Swoboda

Demaray 150

What’s on your mind? Any questions you would like to ask Dr. Swoboda? Join us for an informal time with Dr. Swoboda as he closes our Day of Common Learning.

Special Evening Event: Faith, Business & Ecology: Films and Discussion from the SPU Faith & Co Film Series

Time: 6pm - 7:15pm

Location: Nickerson Studios

Panelists: Associate Professor of Christian Scripture J.J. Johnson Leese
Alum Amity Lumper of Cascadia Consulting
Alum Andy Wolverton of Green Canopy

The provocative 13 part SPU film series Faith & Co: Business on Purpose provides in-depth engagement with issues pertaining to the Christian faith in the world of business, and what it means to live as a Christian life in this vocation.  The relationship between business & the environment, and how faith plays into those situations, is a paramount theme in several of these films. Join Dr. Kenman Wong, Professor of Business Ethics and Faith & Co producer, for a showing of three short documentaries analyzing the intersection of faith, business and the environment, to be followed by a Q&A session with film subjects, directors, community leaders and more. 

Social Media

#SPUDCL – you can start using social media now to comment on what you are hearing and responding to throughout the day!

To listen to or view past Day of Common Learning lectures, please visit Digital Commons @ SPU