Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Other seminaries facing changes

From Louisville-

Lexington Theological Seminary is hardly the only seminary to experience upheaval due to the economic freefall and changes in the numbers and types of students they are attracting:

Among others:

Salt Lake Theological Seminary, an independent evangelical school in Utah, has closed.

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., an American Baptist school, is in merger talks with Andover Newton Theological Seminary in suburban Boston, affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and Union Theological Seminary in New York City sold or leased out campus buildings to stabilize finances.

McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), plans a announced plans to move to less expensive buildings.

Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, an Episcopal school in Evanston, Ill., has stopped admitting master of divinity students but is offering a doctoral program in conjunction with another school.

Claremont School of Theology, a Methodist school in California, decided in 2008 to expand into training non-Christian clergy.

In Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville laid off 35 non-faculty employees, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary laid off nine and Asbury Theological Seminary laid off 16 workers. St. Meinrad School of Theology in Southern Indiana made some budget cuts but no staff cuts.

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