Central Seminary is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World, Class of 2016-17, by The Center for Faith and Service. Each year, Seminaries that Change the World identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. Central’s recognition as a Seminary that Change the World reflects the ongoing work the seminary is doing to prepare women and men for seeking God, shaping church, and serving humanity.
Central President Molly T. Marshall shared her excitement about the announcement:
Central finds this recognition of being one of the seminaries that change the world a strong affirmation of our global mission. Our focus on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial ministries distinguishes us in a time when many seminaries are struggling for relevance.
At Central, the signature theological “pillars” of formation, interpretation, contextualization, and performance are woven together with contextual “threads” that bring contemporary relevance to the learning outcomes of each and every course of the newly revised master’s and doctoral degrees. “Threads” include subjects like racial diversity, cross cultural understanding, social justice, environmental theology, sexual identity, religious pluralism, creative expression, and more.
The list of Seminaries that Change the World is published by The Center for Faith and Service, an organization that works to help seminaries, service programs, denominations and local congregations connect faith with service and social justice work. Reflecting on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World, Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of The Center for Faith and Service, remarked: “Anyone seeking to change the world ought to at least consider seminary or divinity school as an option to grow personally in one’s faith and to inspire, sustain and deepen his or her commitment to neighbor, community, country and the world. Through their commitment to collaborate, this diverse group of schools named on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World embody the best of faithful and justice seeking communities.”
For more information about Seminaries that Change the World, or Central Seminary’s unique programs, courses, and scholarships, visit www.faith3.org.
About The Center for Faith and Service:
Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, The Center for Faith and Service works to develop new programs and identify existing resources that support the church to be present and relevant in the lives of young adults. Through a variety of initiatives, including Seminaries that Change the World, The Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.