Day of Common Learning

The Day of Common Learning is a campuswide event in which students, faculty, staff as well as the 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 Sixteenth Annual Day of Common Learning:

Always Reforming

 The Next Evangelicalism as Necessary Reformation 

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10 a.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

The day will begin on Wednesday, October 18, with our public keynote address, by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

While Global Christianity flourishes in the twenty-first century, Evangelical Christianity in the United States is experiencing sharp decline. Negative perceptions surround U.S. Evangelicalism, particularly in recent years as it has become enmeshed with Western, white, suburban culture with particular social and political leanings. The necessary reformation for the next evangelicalism may be the diminishing of the current expression of evangelicalism and a movement towards a more diverse evangelicalism that may usher in a new ecclesiology for the 21st century.

**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 speakers of Day of Common Learning **

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.  Find out more information about breakout session here.

3:30 – 4:20: Talk back with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah

Demaray 150

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

Special Evening Event: Reforming our Conversation on Homelessness

4:30-6 p.m.

Demaray Hall 150

The film, “Under the Bridge” explores the criminalization of homelessness in Indianapolis with a focus on tent encampments. Tent cities are emerging in many cities across the country in response to the rising numbers of people who are homeless. Homelessness presents new policy challenges for cities as well as new opportunities for community and collaboration. After viewing the film, please join Maurice Young, a homeless activist portrayed in the film, for a talk-back session on addressing homelessness.

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