What is BridgeWeek?

At Portland Seminary, our goal is to learn in an environment of relationship with faculty and peers. The five-day BridgeWeek is the setting where interesting conversations, rich friendships with your cohort, deep learning, spiritual growth, and fun happen! And when it comes to bonding with your faculty and classmates, nothing compares to the BridgeWeek gathering each September. All master's and certificate students participate in the experience.

BridgeWeek is held Thursday, Sept. 12 through Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2024.

Watch video: The BridgeWeek In-Person Intensive at Portland Seminary

What do we do at BridgeWeek?

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BridgeWeek includes a combination of:

  • Experiential learning field trips
  • Workshops on a variety of topics to enrich your program, including vocational opportunities
  • Dean's Breakfast
  • Pub Theology
  • Interaction with faculty
  • Cohort connection


Seminary students eating together outside around a fire pit at night

Where Should I Stay?

The BridgeWeek intensive is an integrated formational learning experience. Rather than sit in a classroom, students and faculty engage in a variety of learning experiences, including shared lodging and meals in the same location, like at a conference. This maximizes community connection.

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Is There a Cost?

There is a fee for each BridgeWeek which covers lodging, most meals, supplies, and other event costs:

  • Masters program students
    • Started program in 2023 or earlier: $300
    • Started program in 2024: $1,600
  • Spiritual director certification students: $1,750

Students are responsible for making their travel arrangements.

image of Meg Harmon in graduation attire

Meg Harmon

MA in Spiritual Formation student (2019 cohort)

BridgeWeek is one of the best reasons to choose Portland Seminary over other online programs. It forms valuable connections that will last a lifetime.


Mollie Henkelman

Mollie Henkelman

Student and Community Success Coordinator, Masters Programs