Garrett-Evangelical Named to 2017-2018 Class of Seminaries that Change the World
November 2017, Evanston, IL – For a third consecutive year, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World (STCTW) by The Center for Faith and Service. Each year, STCTW 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. The list was announced on the Huffington Post in an article entitled “Tradition and Innovation: Seminaries that Change the World 2017-18.”
Seminaries that Change the World was created by Rev. Wayne Meisel, one of the architects of the AmeriCorps program and founder of the Bonner Scholars program, as a resource for service minded young adults looking for ways to grow spiritually. Meisel, who now serves as the executive director of the Center for Faith and Service, explained, “At some point I learned that for many people, their faith inspired, sustained, and deepened their commitment to community service and social justice. So I began a journey of looking for institutions where these individuals could connect their faith and service. The result is this list.”
“We are delighted and honored to be recognized once again as a seminary that is leaving a lasting imprint on the world,” said Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene J. Rector. "Throughout Garrett-Evangelical's 164 years we have strived to embody God's love for all persons and for creation and prepare graduates whose ministries have had transformative impact across this nation and around the world."
As part of its selection process, the Center looks for schools that are providing scholarship support to students engaged in community-based service, innovative degree programs, field education internship opportunities, issue-based courses, and job placements in both traditional and new expressions of ministry.
In his article, Meisel states, “In this collection of schools, I have found institutions that are educating and training some of our most inspiring leaders for critical roles in local, national, and international communities." He goes on to say, “These seminaries and divinity schools are living into the tension of tradition and innovation. Visionary leaders are not merely reacting to the new realities, but also charting a new course that anticipates opportunity and moves boldly in that direction, bringing others along in the process. The world cannot afford seminaries to resign themselves to reduce their footprint. Rather than be defined by market forces, the leaders of these institutions are interpreting the shifts and are moving us forward accordingly.”
In these changing times Meisel concludes, “While theological education was primarily designed to train individuals to be leaders of the church, today seminaries are called to educate and launch leaders to have an ethical and faithful grounding in all that they do – whether within or outside of the walls of a church."
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. More information about Seminaries that Change the World can be found on www.stctw.org.