The Center for Faith and Service has named Andover Newton as one of its "Seminaries That Change the World" for a second consecutive year. Andover Newton was among the inaugural class of honorees in 2014 and is honored to remain on the list.
"The very title, 'Seminaries that Change the World,' is a provocative reminder of what theological education has meant in the past and what its purpose and promise is for the future," the Rev. Wayne Meisel, executive director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, told the United Church of Christ news service. "The 2015 class of schools has demonstrated a commitment to invite, welcome, support, train and launch individuals into the world as community leaders."
"Wayne Meisel is a visionary who has a great track record of serving as a catalyst — helping form Americorps, for example,” Andover Newton Director of Admission and Recruitment Alison McCarty told the UCC. "When he knocked on our door talking about seminaries that emphasize service to the community it was a natural conversation for Andover Newton. After all, active service has been a hallmark of this school since 1807 — we truly are the oldest and the boldest."
"This year the Seminaries that Change the World selection process required us to apply, but the many ways our school connects to the community, both in the classroom and outside it, meant that applying was a joy,” McCarty continued. "When it comes down to it, changing the world one leader at a time has always been at the core of what we do here. It’s a privilege to have been selected again this year so we can continue to work with this cohort of superb schools that share our mission."
See the full UCC news article for more information, and read Wayne Meisel's commentary, "Tattoos and Theological Education: In Common Cause to Change the World."