02/11/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/11/2020 12:14
ATLANTA - Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology, for the seventh consecutive year, is listed among the Seminaries that Change the World, according to the Center for Faith and Service.
Each year's Seminaries that Change the World list seeks to identify and promote seminaries and divinity schools that are demonstrating a commitment to service and justice through their curriculum, scholarships, internships and student-life experiences.
'We are honored for to be listed for the seventh year in a row as one of the Seminaries that Change the World,' said Dr. Greg DeLoach, interim dean of McAfee School of Theology. 'This is in keeping with our mission to prepare ministers who will inspire the Church and the world to imagine, discover and create God's future. This is accomplished with renowned scholars, dedicated staff, engaged churches and, of course, committed students answering a sacred call.'
Criteria for selection include commitment to service and justice, collaboration with other seminaries and divinity schools, affordability and innovation.
'We are really excited about some of the groundbreaking programs coming out of the 2020 class of schools. Theological education is being forced to adapt quickly to the changing landscape of Christianity in America, and these schools are flexible and agile enough to respond to those challenges,' said Alison Burchett, director of the Center for Faith and Service.
Buchett also noted that schools have developed programs focused on specific social justice causes.
'We're seeing a really serious commitment to specific issue areas. From immigration issues to prison reform to environmental care, schools are leaning into their strengths and building programs that focus on preparing their students to be changemakers on those issues,' she added.
For more information about Seminaries that Change the World, or to explore this year's list of 24 schools, visit www.STCTW.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 people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.
About the School of Theology
The Mercer University School of Theology, named for James and Carolyn McAfee, who provided the founding gift for the School, forms Christian leaders whose practice and scholarship, empowered by their passion for God and neighbor, change lives and transform communities. The School accomplishes this mission by: 1) integrating spirituality with service through: practicing spiritual disciplines that nurture us for Christian service; embracing ethnic, gender and theological diversity to enhance our spiritual growth and moral formation; creating opportunities to learn in community, experience transformation and risk action; 2) integrating theological inquiry with prophetic vision through interpreting the story of the Christian faith through sacred scriptures and traditions; connecting faith to global contexts in ways that engage personal, communal and political realities; critiquing the structures of our society from an informed prophetic voice; 3) integrating worship with witness through celebrating God's presence in worship as the source of the Church's call to community and global transformation; reading cultural contexts to create holistic strategies for ministry; proclaiming the love of God in Jesus Christ through dialogue and in partnership with others. For more information, visit theology.mercer.edu.