Seminaries That Change the World

November 1, 2017, Chicago, IL – The Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary, announced today its annual list of Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW; STCTW highlights a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. The list was announced on the Huffington Post in an article entitled “Tradition and Innovation: Seminaries that Change the World 2017-18.”

Seminaries that Change the World was created by Rev. Wayne Meisel, one of the architects of the AmeriCorps program and founder of the Bonner Scholars program, as a resource for service minded young-adults looking for ways to grow spiritually. Meisel, who now serves as the executive director of the Center for Faith and Service, explained, “At some point I learned that for many people, their faith inspired, sustained and deepened their commitment to community service and social justice. So I began a journey of looking for institutions where these individuals could connect their faith and service.The result is this list.”

The 2017-18 list of Seminaries that Change the World includes:

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Bethany Theological Seminary

Boston University School of Theology

Brite Divinity School

Calvin Theological Seminary

Candler School of Theology at Emory University

Christian Theological Seminary

Columbia Theological Seminary

Drew Theological School

Duke Divinity School

Earlham School of Religion

Eccumenical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Howard University School of Divinity

Iliff School of Theology

Luther Seminary

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University
McCormick Theological Seminary

San Francisco Theological Seminary

Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry

Seminary of the Southwest

The School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South

Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University

Union Theological Seminary

The University of Chicago Divinity School

Vanderbilt Divinity School

Virginia Theological Seminary

Wake Forest Divinity School

Wesley Theological Seminary

Yale Divinity School

As part of its selection process, the Center looks for schools that are providing scholarship support to students engaged in community-based service, innovative degree programs, field education internship opportunities, issue-based courses, and job placements in both traditional and new expressions of ministry.

In his article, Meisel states, “In this collection of schools, I have found institutions that are educating and training some of our most inspiring leaders for critical roles in local, national, and international communities.’

He goes on to say that “These seminaries and divinity schools are living into the tension of tradition and innovation. Visionary leaders are not merely reacting to the new realities, but also charting a new course that anticipates opportunity and moves boldly in that direction, bringing others along in the process. The world cannot afford seminaries to resign themselves to reduce their footprint. Rather than be defined by market forces, the leaders of these institutions are interpreting the shifts and are moving us forward accordingly.”


In these changing times Meisel concludes, “While theological education was primarily designed to train individuals to be leaders of the church, today seminaries are called to educate and launch leaders to have an ethical and faithful grounding in all that they do – whether within or outside of the walls of a church.


About The Center for Faith and Service:
Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, The Center for Faith and Service works to develop new programs and identify existing resources that support the church to be present and relevant in the lives of young adults. Through a variety of initiatives, including Seminaries that Change the World, The Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.

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