The Center for Faith and Service at of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 list of Seminaries that Change the World. This year, twenty-seven institutions were named. Among them is Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
The group of institutions is theologically, politically and geographically diverse, yet shares a common commitment to work together to strengthen and advance theological education. In a time when religious leadership is essential, the role of these seminaries and divinity schools becomes increasingly important. Collectively, the Center for Faith and Service is looking for those individuals who want to change the world and who see that the connection between faith and service is critical. The organization believes that theological education offers powerful preparation for local and global leadership roles in all areas of society.
The selected seminaries and divinity schools have demonstrated great innovation in theological education, in integration with classical approaches for learning, even as they navigate negative stereotypes about organized religion and work to expand narrow definitions of traditional ministry. Seminaries that Change the World is part of a movement to reclaim the important historic role that theological education has played in promoting community and justice while training and launching local and world leaders in all areas of society.
"The very title, Seminaries that Change the World, is a provocative reminder of what theological education has meant in the past and what its purpose and promise is for the future," said Rev. Wayne Meisel, an ordained Presbyterian Minister, has a long and distinguished career in the world of community service, service learning and civic engagement. The 2015 class of schools has demonstrated a commitment to invite, welcome, support, train and launch individuals into the world as community leaders.
Seminaries that Change the World is not an exhaustive or exclusive list, but represents a collection of institutions that came forward on their own initiative and who have demonstrated that they welcome idealistic and committed individuals who have demonstrated their engagement in the world or who seek to gain experience in justice work.
The 2015 class of Seminaries that Change the World includes:
Andover Newton Theological School, MA
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, TX
Bethany Theological Seminary, IN
Brite Divinity School, TX
Calvin Theological Seminary, MI
Candler School of Theology, GA
Christian Theological Seminary, IN
Columbia Theological Seminary, GA
Earlham School of Religion, IN
Fuller Theological Seminary, CA
Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary, IL
Hartford Seminary, CT
Iliff School of Theology, CO
Luther Seminary, MN
Lutheran School of Theology@ Chicago, IL
McAfee School of Theology, GA
McCormick Theological Seminary, IL
Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, WA
The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Union Presbyterian Seminary, VA
Union Theological Seminary, NY
University of Chicago Divinity School, IL
Virginia Theological Seminary, VA
Wake Forest University School of Divinity, NC
Wesley Theological Seminary, DC
Yale Divinity School, CT