The Center for Faith and Service and Faith3 have launched a new website, Seminaries that Change the World, a resource for a generation of people, both lay and on the ordination track, that want to change the world and are considering graduate school.
The School of Theology, along with 17 other seminaries and divinity schools, were designated as Seminaries that Change the World because they have demonstrated great innovation in theological education and in integration with classical approaches for learning. 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.
“This is a shout out from the rooftops that this connection between seminary and justice work is worth paying attention to,’’ said the Rev. Wayne Meisel, who selected the schools after visiting theological campuses across the country over the past three years. In his view, the 2014 class of Seminaries that Change the World has demonstrated a commitment to invite, welcome, support, train and launch individuals into the world as community leaders.
Meisel, an ordained Presbyterian Minister, has a long and distinguished career in the world of community service, service learning and civic engagement. He was appointed to serve on the President’s Commission on National and Community Service, where he is credited for being one of the architects of the AmeriCorps Program. He also served as a founding board member for Teach for America and is the Founding President of the Bonner Foundation. Currently, he directs the Center for Faith and Service, which develops innovative programming for churches and denominations and seeks renewal of theological education through the reintegration of faith and service.
The 2014 class of Seminaries that Change the World includes:
Andover Newton Theological School
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Candler School of Theology
Christian Theological Seminary
Columbia Theological Seminary
Duke Divinity School
Earlham School of Religion
Fuller Theological Seminary
McAfee School of Theology
Princeton Theological Seminary
The School of Theology at Sewanee
Union Theological Seminary
University of Chicago Divinity School
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Wesley Theological Seminary
Yale Divinity School
Read more about this program in the 11/11/13 article in The Huffington Post.