Auburn Theological Seminary

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Auburn Theological Seminary
Auburn Theological Seminary logo.gif
Type 501(c)(3) charitable organization
Focus Religious Education and Activism
  • United States New York, N.Y.
Method Education, Advocacy
Key people
Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson (President)
Rev. John Vaughn (Executive Vice President)
Macky Alston (V.P., Auburn Media)
Rabbi Justus Baird](Dean)
Isaac Luria (V.P., Auburn Action)
Valarie KaurFounding Director, Groundswell

The Auburn Theological Seminary is a leadership development institute for faith-rooted justice leaders in New York City. According to its Web site, the organization "equip leaders of faith and moral courage to work for social change in order to heal and repair the world... Auburn identifies, equips and supports the game-changing faith leaders of our time; provides the platforms to help leaders reach broad audiences; and applies research to ensure that Auburn and others dedicated to leadership formation are achieving impact." [1]

19th century clergyman
Dirck Cornelius Lansing, Founder and Professor 1821-1826
stone building
Former buildings from 1892


The school was proposed in 1818 by Presbyterian pastor Dirck Cornelius Lansing in Auburn, New York.[2] It started operation in 1821 with 4 teachers and 11 students. The only remaining buildings from that campus, called Willard Memorial Chapel-Welch Memorial Hall built in 1892 are listed as a National Historic Landmark. The chapel was named for donor Sylvester Willard.[3]

The Auburn Affirmation is named for Robert Hastings Nichols who was a professor at the time.

In 1939, the Great Depression caused the seminary to move to New York City to share the campus of the Union Theological Seminary. It is located at 3041 Broadway.[4]

Since the 1990s, Auburn has focused on religious continuing education and become leaders in theological research, attempting to redefine what it means to be a seminary in today's world. It also participates in social action and advocacy via its program, Groundswell.

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  1. ^ "Auburn Seminary". Auburn Seminary. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ John Quincy Adams (1918). A history of Auburn Theological Seminary, 1818-1918. Auburn Seminary Press. 
  3. ^ "Willard Memorial Chapel". web site. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Auburn Theological Seminary web site. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 

Coordinates: 40°48′39″N 73°57′50″W / 40.81081°N 73.96398°W / 40.81081; -73.96398