The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Sewanee and the Episcopal Church

Supporting the Episcopal Church

Sewanee is an Episcopal center for learning. How? By offering all dimensions of educational experiences from grade six to advanced degrees, along with formation, spiritual reflection, and service. What Sewanee has to offer on its 13,000 acre Domain is unique for the Church, and Sewanee takes that distinctive position very seriously as it forms leaders, both lay and clergy, for the future.

Undergraduate students are introduced to, and formed by, the Episcopal Church in the College of Arts and Sciences’ intimate community. For the 1,450 students, almost all of whom are 18–22 years old, being part of this community is a particularly important aspect of their formation. Student activities include worship, outreach, choir, and community service, to name but a few. All Saints' Chapel is literally in the heart of the campus with glorious and profound worship in the Anglican tradition.

The School of Theology is committed to excellence in forming faithful and effective clergy and lay leaders for the Church. The seminary equips “those who equip the saints” with the tools and skills necessary to live, preach and teach those things necessary for all members of the Church to “bear witness to [Christ] wherever they may be; and according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.” 

The Beecken Center of The School of Theology is a training destination for those who want to found and nurture ministries and vocational discernment throughout the church. The group process culture and superb model of mentoring developed by Education for Ministry (EfM) is an extremely important sources of wisdom for The Beecken Center’s ministry to the church.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee (SAS) is a thoroughly Episcopal school (grades 6–12) with 260 boarding and day students from 11 states and 14 countries. SAS enjoys a close partnership with the University and offers cross registration for credit and access to cultural events and outdoor life on the Domain. St. Andrew's-Sewanee offers an excellent education and formation experience, coupled with an historic mission in outreach.

The Education for Ministry (EfM) program is a gift to the greater mission of the church: a program that helps to develop and nurture a theologically literate, reflective, and articulate laity who are equipped to live into the ministry to which we are all called through our baptism. Created in 1975 under the auspices of The School of Theology, EfM has touched more than 80,000 lay leaders of the Episcopal Church.

St. Mary’s Retreat Center supports the spiritual needs of not only the Sewanee community, but the Episcopal Church at large. As St. Mary’s enters it’s 25th year of offering spiritual hospitality, they continue to grow as a center of spiritual development where all may respond to the invitation by God to withdraw to a quiet place to pray. St. Mary’s is a center of spiritual growth for parishes, clergy, dioceses, seminaries, individuals and other organizations in the development of prayer practices emerging from the contemplative dimension of the Gospels.

Governing Board

The University's Board of Trustees is composed of the bishops of the 28 dioceses, together with clerical and lay representatives elected by each diocese and representatives of other University constituencies. The Board of Regents, to which the Board of Trustees delegates some of its responsibilities for governance, is composed of Episcopal bishops, priests, and lay people, and may include a limited number of members of other Christian bodies. The Chancellor of the University, elected by the Board of Trustees, is a bishop from one of the 28 dioceses. The historic ownership and governance of the University by these Episcopal dioceses has produced a living synergy of leadership, resource, and mutual support, enriching the Church and advancing the University’s role in American higher education.