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Garrett-Evangelical Named to 2016-2017 Class of Seminaries that Change the World

September 15, 2016

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it has 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.

“We are delighted and honored to be recognized as a seminary that is leaving a lasting imprint on the world,” said Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene J. Rector. “Positive change in the world is brought about through teaching and learning in community and through authentic and nurturing relationships.  Garrett-Evangelical has long been committed to preparing spiritually grounded and prophetic leaders in this way.”

Garrett-Evangelical equips its students to proclaim the good news of the gospel, to foster deep spirituality in the lives of others, to serve with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and to lead transformative change for the wellbeing of all persons and creation. The seminary’s work in public theology over the last few years has led to the establishment of the Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program, continued work in the area of sustainability, a new doctor of ministry track in community organizing, and more. Through lectures, curriculum, and community engagement, Garrett-Evangelical continues to ensure public theology remains at the forefront of our work in preparing religious leaders to meet the ever-changing challenges and needs of our local and global communities.

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 Garrett-Evangelical’s unique programs, courses, and scholarships, visit  

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.