Seabury-Western Theological Seminary

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Seabury-Western Theological Seminary was a seminary of The Episcopal Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. It ceased operations as a residential seminary granting the Master of Divinity degree in May 2010, and in January 2012 it moved from Evanston to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America headquarters near O'Hare Airport. In 2013, it became part of the Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation with Bexley Hall.

Seabury-Western was formed in 1933 by a merger of Western Theological Seminary of Evanston (founded in 1883 in Chicago), and Seabury Divinity School of Faribault, Minnesota (founded in 1858). The new seminary endeavored to hold in tension the "High Church" and "Low Church" identities of its predecessors. However, for most of its history, SWTS occupied a place within Anglican churchmanship akin to that of The General Theological Seminary in New York: a liturgical bent toward Anglo-Catholic practices and an acceptance of modern theology and social tolerance.

In the fall of 2008 the seminary stopped accepting seminarians for the traditional Master of Divinity degree. In 2009 Seabury's property was acquired by Northwestern University with Seabury allowed use of the property for five years. In January 2012 Seabury formally left the Evanston site, functionally ending its presence as residential seminary, and the various buildings are now used by the Northwestern University, moving its remaining offices to the national headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) near O'Hare Airport. In March 2012, the boards of Seabury-Western and of Bexley Hall Seminary in Bexley, Ohio, voted to federate.[1] Roger Ferlo was named as the federation's first president.[2]

The Bexley Seabury Federation offers the Master of Divinity degree at its campus in Columbus in a partnership with Trinity Lutheran Seminary.[3] The federation also offers the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development in Chicago and offers the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools.[4] The Diploma of Anglican Studies is offered in both Columbus and Chicago.[5]

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  1. [1], "An Historic Moment for Bexley and Seabury". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. [2], "Roger Ferlo to Lead Federation of Seabury and Bexley". Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. [3], "Master of Divinity." Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  4. [4], "Doctor of Ministry." Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  5. [5], "Diploma in Anglican Studies." Retrieved 14 August 2014.

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