The Religious Institute has nearly tripled the number of United States seminaries, divinity and rabbinical schools that are preparing the next generation of clergy with the training they need to address sexuality issues in ministry. Thirty-one seminaries now meet a majority of the criteria for a sexually healthy and responsible seminary, compared to just ten in 2009.
See the list below or download a PDF of the Thirty Most Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries.
Through the Religious Institute’s hard work in partnership with these institutions, we are proud to say that the landscape at U.S. seminaries, divinity and rabbinical schools is shifting towards increased sexuality education. These seminaries are the vanguard in ensuring that tomorrow’s clergy are prepared to minister to their congregants, and to be effective advocates for sexual health and justice.
A full list of these institutions, designated as Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries, is below. This list updates a 2009 study, Sex and the Seminary: Preparing Ministers for Sexual Health and Justice, which found sexuality courses largely absent from most seminary curricula and degree requirements.
There is an urgent need for ordained clergy who understand the connections between religion and sexuality, particularly given so many denominations concerned about sexual abuse or embroiled in controversies over sexual orientation issues. This work makes significant strides towards combating future clergy sexual abuse, while helping all future clergy become sexually healthy and responsible.
To see if your institution could met the criteria, read our Guide to Becoming a Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminary.
Andover Newton Theological School
Newton Centre, MA
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Bangor Theological Seminary/The BTS Center*
Boston University School of Theology
Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, TX
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Chicago Theological Seminary
Claremont School of Theology
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Drew Theological School, Drew University
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Loius, MO
Episcopal Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
New York, NY
Howard University School of Divinity
The Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY
Lancaster Theological Seminary
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies
McCormick Theological Seminary
Meadville Lombard Theological School
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Pacific School of Religion
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Anselmo, CA
Starr King School for the Ministry
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
New Brighton, MN
University of Chicago Divinity School
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Wake Forest University Divinity School
Yale University Divinity School
New Haven, CT
* As of July 1, 2013, Bangor Theological Seminary (BTS) has become The BTS Center (a non-degree granting institution), a non-profit charitable organization in the State of Maine that continues to promote the values and mission that have guided Bangor Theological Seminary.