Meet the Thirty Most Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries

Religious_Institute_Seal_WebThe 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
Austin, TX

Bangor Theological Seminary/The BTS Center*
Bangor, ME

Boston University School of Theology
Boston, MA

Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, TX

Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Claremont School of Theology
Claremont, CA

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Rochester, NY

Drew Theological School, Drew University
Madison, NJ

Eden Theological Seminary
St. Loius, MO

Episcopal Divinity School
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Divinity School
Cambridge, MA

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
New York, NY

Howard University School of Divinity
Washington, DC 

The Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY

Lancaster Theological Seminary
Lancaster, PA

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Louisville, KY

Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies
Chicago, IL

McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Meadville Lombard Theological School
Chicago, IL

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Berkeley, CA 

Pacific School of Religion
Berkeley, CA 

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Wyncote, PA

San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Anselmo, CA

Starr King School for the Ministry
Berkeley, CA

Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
New Brighton, MN

University of Chicago Divinity School
Chicago, IL

Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Nashville, TN 

Wake Forest University Divinity School
Winston-Salem, NC

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.

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