seminaries

Local Church
Students at Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church have been leading online covenant groups for several years. Pictured are, from left:  Irina Rushkevich, Katerina Tokareva, Anna Klimina and Natalya Zaitseva. Photo courtesy of Sergei Nikolaev.

Covenant groups unite isolated Moscow seminary students

When the coronavirus forced self-isolation and social distancing, United Methodist seminary students in Moscow used their online covenant groups to maintain contact and fellowship.
Mission and Ministry
Susanne Scholz (left) and the Rev. Billy Abraham, both professors at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, are ideological adversaries and unlikely friends. Photo by Hillsman Stuart Jackson, © Southern Methodist University.

Seminary professors are ideological adversaries, unlikely friends

You wouldn’t expect Susanne Scholz and William J. “Billy” Abraham to be good friends. On many issues, the two Perkins faculty members couldn’t be further apart. Yet their friendship has endured.
General Church
Messages of support for LGBTQ students cover the United Methodist cross and flame in a hallway at the Boston School of Theology after the special General Conference voted to affirm and strengthen the denomination’s rules against gay clergy and same-sex weddings. Photo by Anastasia Kidd, Boston School of Theology.

Seminary leaders stress inclusiveness after GC2019

Leaders of most U.S. United Methodist theological schools say the passing of the Traditional Plan won’t change their policies of inclusion.
Mission and Ministry
Saint Paul School of Theology, based at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans., is celebrating that it's no longer on probation with its accrediting agency. Photo courtesy Saint Paul School of Theology.

Better report cards for 2 UM seminaries

Accrediting agencies lift sanctions after finding improvements at Saint Paul and Claremont.

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