Welcome to The School of Theology
The School of Theology is located in Sewanee, Tenn., and is an institution of the University of the South. The School is comprised of an accredited seminary of The Episcopal Church and the Beecken Center, a center for lay and clergy education and training.
The seminary educates women and men to serve the broad whole of The Episcopal Church in ordained and lay vocations. The School develops leaders who are learned, skilled, informed by the Word of God, and committed to the mission of Christ’s church, in the Anglican tradition of forming disciples through a common life of prayer, learning, and service. Sewanee’s seminary education and world-wide programs equip people for ministry through the gift of theological reflection in community.
The Beecken Center is dedicated to furthering Christian formation for the faithful from all walks of life offering a variety of exciting events, formative trainings, and life-changing programs for clergy, laity, and all the baptized. Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.
On May 8, 35 students and two distinguished guests, Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba and Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina Robert Skirving, received degrees and certificates from the University of the South’s School of Theology.
The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, accompanied by the University of the South’s Vice-Chancellor John M. McCardell Jr. and the School’s academic dean, the Rev. Canon Jim Turrell, presented the School of Theology prizes given to the seniors who have exhibited the most outstanding academic achievement.
The School of Theology has announced that this year’s Commencement speaker will be the Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Cecil Makgoba, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. Makgoba will also receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree along with the Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving, bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina.