• Patrick Derdall, MDiv, and Ana Illievska, PhD in Comparative Literature

Senior Ministry Project

The Senior Ministry Thesis is an in-depth exploration of a question or issue in ministry that demonstrates a student’s ability to foster thoughtful, rigorous and relevant dialogue between university, faith community, and society. 

The senior thesis serves as the culmination of the student’s Divinity School work. As such, it is a thoroughly theological endeavor which is at the same time interdisciplinary in a way appropriate to practical theological investigation. In the thesis writing process, students have the opportunity to trace the intellectual heritage of a selected issue and make a thoughtful contribution to the practical theological conversation. 

Successful completion of the Senior Ministry Thesis consists of three parts: 

  • Participation in a thesis seminar during several sessions in autumn and all of the winter quarter of the third year
  • Completion of a 35-page paper, by the end of winter quarter of the third year
  • A public presentation of thesis findings in the spring quarter of third year

2015 Project Presentations 

April 14,  6:30-8:00 pmSpiritual Life Office
Jem Jebbia on Interfaith Engagement as Transformative Education: Filling the Gap in Higher Education 


Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm, Swift Hall
Fartun Ahmed on Lost Sons, Missing Fathers: Intergenerational Disconnect among Somali Immigrants in the Twin Cities


Thursday, April 16th at 9pm, Kelly Prayer Chapel, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
Jonathan Burkey on Legacy of Liturgy – The Role of Artists in Contemporary Evangelical Worship


Tuesday, April 28th, 9:30-10:50 AM, Lutheran School of Theology, Room 207
Jonathan Holtmeier on But What If:  Preaching an Eschatological Alternative


Wednesday, April 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm, Brent House
George Arceneaux on Improvisation and Adaptation in Parish Ministry


Thursday, April 30, 5:00-6:30 pm, University Church
Seth Patterson on Dismantling White Supremacy:  A Prophetic Attempt

Friday, May 1, 6:30-8:30pm,  First Infantry Division Museum, Cantigny Park, 1 S 151 Winfield Road in Wheaton.
John Sianghio on Language, Modern Conflict, and Just Warfare


Sunday, May 3, 1 pm, Unitarian Church of Hinsdale
Maggie Potthoff on Finding the “Religious” in “Religious Liberalism” after James Luther Adams: Reflections on Contemporary UU Social Action


Monday, May 4 at 4 pm, Swift Hall
Shawn Hutchinson on Formation of Conscience in Sacramental Life, Sources for Renewal in Lived Environs


Monday, May 4, 7:00-8:30pm, Disciples Divinity House
Jeremy Fuzy on Hobby Lobby, Tradition, and Democratic Reasoning: Examining Frameworks for Public Religious Discourse


Wednesday May 6th at 6 pm, Brent House
Gail Goldsmith on Body of Christ: Martyrs, Mystics, and Modern Questions
Free vegetarian dinner with presentation to follow


Thursday, May 7, 7:00-8:30 pm, Disciples Divinity House
Hannah Campbell Gustafson on The Church and Mental Health: Widening the Welcome


Monday, May 11, 7pm, Disciples Divinity House
Allie Lundblad on Theologies of Christian Love:  Adequate and Fitting Foundations for Responding to White Supremacy and Racial Injustice in the U.S.                   


Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm, Lutheran School of Theology, Room 300
Kathryn Ray on From Performenzos to Teolocos: Creating Liberating Theology through Play      


For any questions please contact the Ministry Area Assistant: ministryareaassistant@gmail.com