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New MDiv Concentration in LGBTQ Studies in Partnership with Chicago Theological Seminary

December 15, 2015

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) have entered into a new partnership that enables Garrett-Evangelical students to complete a concentration in LGBTQ studies and CTS students to complete a certificate in United Methodist Studies. Months in the making, this partnership was solidified in early fall 2015 by both institutions and is effective immediately for students at both schools.

"I am delighted to have engaged this new collaboration with CTS and I am grateful for the curricular opportunity it provides our students,” said Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene J. Rector. “As a servant seminary, it is critical that we prepare leaders who offer God's welcome, hospitality, and love of neighbor to all the persons and communities whom they encounter. The LGBTQ studies concentration supports this formational work and makes it possible for students who are called to particular ministries to deepen their theological and biblical understanding and to acquire meaningful pastoral care practices."

Garrett-Evangelical master of divinity students wishing to complete the concentration will take a minimum of five courses that CTS has identified as an LGBTQ concentration elective. Courses will be offered in a mix of online, intensive, and regular semester courses on the CTS campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Students completing the concentration will have it reflected on their Garrett-Evangelical transcripts.

In return, Garrett-Evangelical will assist CTS students in meeting United Methodist ordination requirements by offering a certificate in United Methodist studies. This certificate consists of 15 semester hours which meet six key United Methodist educational requirements - United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; Evangelism; Mission of the Church in the World; and Worship.

Garrett-Evangelical’s numerous connections and partnership over the years have provided students with an abundance of resources and opportunities. Through joint programs and certificates with other outstanding institutions, students have been able to tailor their theological education to their specific vocational goals and needs. To learn more about all of our connections and partnerships, go to www.garrett.edu/academics/partnerships.

Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves over twenty-five different Christian and non-Christian faith communities by preparing men and women for the next generation of religious leadership, whatever that may be. Founded in 1855, CTS promotes a progressive, forward-looking philosophy and is at the forefront of religious scholarship, interreligious dialogue and transformative leadership. CTS graduates, students, faculty and staff have been advocates for social justice and mercy since the days of the Underground Railroad. Chicago Theological Seminary helps individuals discern and articulate an evolving faith for the future, whether in ministry, teaching, advocacy, activism, social work or social justice.