Your Voice at the Center

Welcome to Your Voice at the Center

The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement (CEIE) at Seattle University invites writers to share their reflections with us in essay form.  We include these essays – often drawn from CEIE’s  Religica Theolab or Interfaith Observer – in the monthly CEIE newsletter and also share them here.  If you would like to contribute please contact Resource Creative Designer and TIO Co-Editor Megan Anderson at Thank you from the CEIE Team.

Author: Christian Skoorsmith

Christian Skoorsmith is a minister, mental health worker, and poet in Seattle, Washington, USA. You can find him at

Author: Mark Waters, PhD, McMurry University

Mark Waters, PhD, is professor of religion in McMurry’s Department of Religion and Philosophy and Chair of the Division of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences.

Reflections on the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions

Author: Dr. Robert P. Sellers

Rob Sellers is professor of theology and missions emeritus at Logsdon Seminary, Hardin-Simmons University, and former chair of trustees for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He and his wife Janie were missionary teachers in Indonesia for almost a quarter century. 

Author: Alex Booker, M.Div.

Alex Booker

On Celebrating Black History Month (Feb. 2023)

Black History month is multivalent for me. On one hand I enjoy the focus on contributions of Black people across the globe in spite of the ever-present reality of anti-Black racism. As James Weldon Johnson says, “We have come over a way that with tears have been watered, we have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered” and we should be proud of not only the fact that we have survived, but in many cases, we are thriving.

On the other hand, I despise the way in which the powers-that-be have used symbolic gestures like honoring Black History Month, Juneteenth, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day as recompense for the material pains and losses that Black people continue to suffer through since being brought to this foreign land.

So, with this tension I say, Happy Black History Month. As we celebrate the beauty that is the full African diaspora that has been produced in this country and across the globe, I implore us to stay vigilant and energized in our fight for justice that is ongoing and as needed as it has always been.

Alex Booker

Campus Minister for Religious Diversity, Seattle University

Author: Zachary Dar

Author: Dr. Tony Kireopoulos

Author: Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse

Click on the image above to visit Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse’s profile at Seattle University.

Author: Dr. Marc Cohen

Click on the image above to visit Dr. Marc Cohen’s profile at Seattle University.