Chicago Theological Seminary

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Chicago Theological Seminary
Motto Leaders for the Next.
Established 1855
Type Seminary
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
President The Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt
Academic staff 14
Students approx. 190; FTE: approx. 120
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Affiliations United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
Metropolitan Community Churches
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
North Central Association
Association of Chicago Theological Schools

The Chicago Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary historically affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Located in Chicago, it serves male, female, and transgender students and offers six degree programs: (1) Master of Divinity (M.Div.), for those seeking to be ordained, (2) Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.), (3) Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), (4) Master of Arts in Religious Leadership (M.A.R.L.), (5) Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

The seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and by the North Central Association. Further it is one of the 11 seminaries that form the Association of Chicago Theological Schools consortium.

In addition to being a seminary of the United Church of Christ, it offers students coursework necessary to be ordained by both the United Methodist Church and Metropolitan Community Churches denominations. Chicago Theological Seminary is officially designated as Open and Affirming by the United Church of Christ denomination.[1]


The seminary, which was for decades located at 5757 South University Avenue in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago, during the 2011/2012 academic year moved to 1407 East 60th Street, also in Hyde Park. The building that had served as a seminary for decades became home to the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.


Chicago Theological Seminary is the oldest institution of higher education in Chicago, having been established in 1855. Notable former students and faculty include Anton Boisen, a seminal figure in the Clinical Pastoral Education movement, civil rights activist the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., Jared Maurice Arter, a pioneering African-American educator, Rodney Dean Drayton, former president of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly, and Larry Pickens, a politician and leadership figure in the United Methodist Church.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community[edit]

Among schools of theological education, Chicago Theological Seminary is especially friendly to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex concerns and is listed as an officially "Open and Affirming" institution of the United Church of Christ by the UCC Coalition for GLBT Concerns. The seminary has many openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, staff and faculty; several of its faculty members have published books and articles regarding religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The institution offers an annual Gilberto Castaneda scholarship award for outstanding GLBT students. It is home to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network. Students are invited to participate in the social activities of the Heyward Boswell Society. In 2006 CTS launched the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Religious Studies Center (Queer Center), a grant-funded research program.[2][3]

Notable faculty[edit]

Inside the school


  1. ^ "ONA Churches and Settings," The United Church of Christ (UCC) Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Concerns website. "" Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2], LGBTQ Religious Studies Center at CTS

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Coordinates: 41°47′23″N 87°35′51″W / 41.7898°N 87.5976°W / 41.7898; -87.5976