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Garrett-Evangelical Announces New Partnership With Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

EVANSTON, Illinois, July 2011 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a new partnership with Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana.  In June of 2011, the University Senate of The United Methodist Church endorsed this partnership.  This new initiative is designed to assist students at AMBS in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements through a certificate in United Methodist Studies and to provide students at Garrett-Evangelical the opportunity to obtain a concentration and/or certificate in Peace Studies.

Garrett-Evangelical will be providing regular and multiple opportunities to fulfill requirements for United Methodist ordination through a certificate in United Methodist Studies for Master of Divinity students at AMBS.  In return, AMBS will provide a set of courses for a concentration and/or certificate in Peace Studies.  Some of these courses will be made available online, some by intensive courses in January and the summer, and some during regular semester terms on the campuses in Evanston or Elkhart.  Another component of the partnership is that each school will also provide staff to advise students in fulfilling the expectations for these certificates.

Garrett-Evangelical President Philip Amerson commented, “What a joy it is to enter this partnership with Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  They are a marvelous institution with many fine academic offerings that complement our curriculum.  This will afford students at both schools access to areas of strength at the other institution.  I am pleased that this agreement will make an approved United Methodist Studies Certificate available to students at AMBS.”

Regarding this new partnership, AMBS President Sara Wenger Shenk said, “AMBS is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Garrett-Evangelical in order to better serve churches in Indiana, Michigan and beyond. We have no doubt that our students will be enriched by the distinctive gifts we each offer the other from our respective traditions. We are energized by the prospect of partnering with a seminary who so deeply shares our commitment to educate leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.”

AMBSConnected to the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith tradition, AMBS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The curriculum of AMBS places a high focus on peacemaking, creation care and a commitment to anti-racism.  Their concentration and/or certificate in Peace Studies offers the opportunity for students to engage in a deeper understanding of and commitment to the biblical vision of peace and justice and its embodiment in the world. Garrett-Evangelical is very excited about this new partnership with AMBS and the opportunities it will bring to students at both institutions. Students will be able to start taking courses toward concentrations and/or certificates this fall.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church.  Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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