Graduate Theological Union

PLTS Student Chosen for Summer Ethics Program at Auschwitz

Erin Armstrong, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, is one of twelve seminary and divinity students chosen to participate in a summer program sponsored by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Armstrong will participate in a two-week program designed for future clergy that includes travel to New York, Poland, and Germany.

FASPE, now in its fifth year of operation, is a unique international program that explores the history of the Holocaust as a way to engage graduate students from four specific fields (journalism, law, medicine, and religion) in an intensive study of contemporary ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, particularly the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland, where Fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront today’s ethical challenges in their profession.

A highly competitive program, FASPE drew close to 900 applicants from around the world. Erin Armstrong’s selection marks the second consecutive year in which a student from the GTU consortium has been chosen to participate in the program. Last summer, Andrew Conley-Holcum, a student at the Pacific School of Religion, received this honor.

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