MISSION OF THE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY SEMINARY AND THE BEECKEN CENTER

The seminary educates women and men to serve The Episcopal Church in ordained and lay vocations, forming 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. 

The Beecken Center is dedicated to furthering Christian formation for the faithful from all walks of life, offering a variety of 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. 

 WHY GIVE TO THE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY?
  • Academics: The School of Theology has an outstanding and highly credentialed faculty who are leaders in their disciplines and a structured and academically challenging curriculum in which students of varying academic backgrounds are inspired and supported.
  • Worship: Seminarians are trained in a liturgy that engages actively in ordered worship and through other relationships in preparation for parish ministry; supported by a formation process that is guided by disciplined individual and communal prayer with and an emphasis on preaching.
  • Residential Community: Sewanee is a friendly, inclusive, and close-knit community that accommodates the educational and lifestyle needs of both families and single students. It provides access to shared resources, classes, and social, cultural, and recreational offerings through its University affiliation along with a unique, nurturing campus with spectacular vistas and ecologically diverse terrain ideal for spiritual reflection.
WHAT DO YOUR GIFTS ACCOMPLISH?

Gifts in support of the School of Theology's seminary and the Beecken Center are essential for these reasons:

  • They ensure that seminary students can pursue their ordained and lay vocations without the burden of debt incurred during their preparation for ministry.
  • They make it possible to provide scholarship support to participants in the Education for Ministry program.
  • They develop programs and enrich the curriculum in the seminary and the Beecken Center.