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Garrett-Evangelical Recognized by the Center for Faith and Learning in its 2015 Listing of Seminaries that Change the World

February 13, 2015

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is honored to announce that it has been selected for the 2015 list of Seminaries that Change the World by the Center for Faith and Service. Garrett-Evangelical is one of twenty-six theologically, politically and geographically diverse institutions named to this list who share a common commitment to work together to strengthen and advance theological education.

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. Garrett-Evangelical’s selection highlights its great innovation in theological education and in integration with classical approaches for learning, even as seminaries and divinity schools navigate negative stereotypes about organized religion and work to expand narrow definitions of traditional ministry. As one of the Seminaries that Change the World, Garrett-Evangelical is also being recognized as an institution that understands the critical connection between faith and service.  

“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, director of the Center for Faith and Service. “The 2015 class of schools has demonstrated a commitment to invite, welcome, support, train and launch individuals into the world as community leaders.”

The Center for Faith and Service develops innovative programming for churches and denominations and seeks renewal of theological education through reintegration of faith and service. Through Seminaries that Change the World, the Center seeks to convene the "community of the willing" to work together in our common cause to strengthen theological education. Institutions were selected through a process that required interested schools to complete an application to demonstrate a commitment to engage in the world and gain signatures from faculty, administrators, and at least three students. The final step in the process was an official commitment by the president or dean of the institution to be part of a consortium of seminaries and divinity schools that would work together to recruit, train and launch a generation of world-changing leaders.

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 at Chicago, IL
McAfee School of Theology, GA
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

*Denotes United Methodist affiliated theological school

More information on Seminaries that Change the World can be found at www.stctw.faith3.org.