Introduction on Homelessness


Dr. Michael Reid Trice, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs and is an Associate Professor of Constructive Theology at Seattle University. In this capacity, Dr. Trice is the P.I. for numerous grants associated with the Center and is responsible for leading a team forward in administrating the mandates of the Center at the axis of scholarship and curriculum advancement. As a public theologian, Dr. Trice is a scholar, speaker, and writer in his fields.

Dr. Trice is also the co-founder of Religica, a theological laboratory constructed with the intent of students endeavoring alongside faculty in order to test hypotheses regarding the role of religion in public life. Utilizing a constructively theological methodology across a larger public, Dr. Trice uses the lab in order to test new content with public assessment, which is then refined into methods that inform curricular generation through the auspices of the Center and for student formation in the classroom.

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Podcast Produced by Steve Wilhelm

Paul Houston Blankenship is a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His dissertation is an ethnography on the spiritual lives of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle. Since 2016, Paul has served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University and as a visiting scholar at the University of Washington. Prior to entering the academy, Paul was a social worker in San Diego and Santa Ana. In his spare time, Paul enjoys photography, nature, and walking around the universe in wonder with his beloved partner.

Centering Wisdom


In what ways is homelessness a catastrophe, as noted in the UN report?

Based on the resources on this page, clarify three new facts you learned about homelessness and/or shelterlessness. 

In the State of Homelessness map, what both surprises you and seems understated in the state-by-state assessment?


Muddiest Point: What is the least clear point for you on the topic of homelessness?

Explain this to another person and respond to one another’s muddiest point.