Earlham School of Religion is honored to be named one of the eighteen schools included in the 2014 class of Seminaries that Change the World. Sharing company with seminaries including Duke, Princeton and Yale, ESR has been selected because of our mission to "seek out, support, train and launch gifted and talented individuals to lead in the world with courage, grace, intellect and love."
Wayne Meisel, Director of Faith and Service, C.F. Foundation, shared the list yesterday and the story behind STCTW on the Huffington Post (read the full article here). "Over the past three years I have worked with dozens of seminarians whose commitment to service and justice are as focused as those who have chosen law, business or education as paths of preparation and engagement," stated Meisel. "As individuals, particularly young adults, seek avenues in higher education to connect their passion to impact the world to a life of meaningful work, I believe that theological education and ministry must to be presented as viable options."
Excerpt from the Huffington Post:
While these institutions have different histories, affiliations and interpretations, they share a common commitment to faithfully engage in the world. The schools selected for the 2014 edition ofSeminaries that Change the World have a common theme of engagement that includes:
- Established or developing programming designed to encourage and support students to integrate their engagement in the world with theological education and vocational discernment
- A commitment to provide scholarship and financial aid to attract and support students and limit student debt
- A community of faculty, administrators and students who are working together to create and sustain a culture of engagement on campus
- Teachers who offer coursework and programming that integrate faith and service
- A history of educating and launching courageous leadership for the world
- A commitment to talk with prospective students about their vocational discernment, not merely to recruit them to enroll in their particular school
"We are delighted to have been identified as one seminary that changes the world," stated ESR Dean, Jay Marshall. "Quaker theological education is designed to encourage encounters between the student and the Living Christ. Students deeply transformed by this experience go forth into ministries of service with a deep conviction that faith compels them to be agents of change as they work for God's purposes in the world. Indeed, it is the heart and soul of our mission."