Earlham School of Religion
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|Motto||Spiritual Formation. Academic Rigor. Creative Ministry.|
|Type||Private, graduate seminary|
|President||Alan C. Price|
|Dean||Jay Wade Marshall|
|Location||Richmond, Indiana, United States
|Affiliations||Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, North Central Association, Bethany Theological Seminary|
History and current programs
ESR was founded in 1960 by Wilmer Cooper, D. Elton Trueblood and others for the training of Quaker ministers. Today Earlham School of Religion grants the Master of Divinity or Master of Ministry degree with emphases in Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Ministry, Peace and Justice, Quaker Ministry, Religious Leadership, Teaching, and Writing as Ministry. ESR also offers a Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree with four areas of concentration: Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Quaker Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies. In addition, students can enroll in Certificate programs in Quaker Studies, Spirituality, and Writing as Ministry, or take individual courses as Occasional Students. Earlham School of Religion is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
In addition to its regular on-campus program, ESR also operates an ATS-accredited, degree granting distance education program called ESR ACCESS.
The institution hosts a number of annual conferences and events including the "Leadership Conference," "Spirituality Gathering" "Pastor's Conference," and a "Ministry of Writing Colloquium."
In 1994, Bethany Theological Seminary, affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, relocated to Richmond, Indiana, from Oak Brook, Illinois, and entered into a partnership with Earlham School of Religion. The schools remain independent but coordinate curriculum through a jointly operated Academic Services office, and they operate a combined computer network through Seminary Computing Services.
In 2010, Earlham School of Religion celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 ESR was designated as one of the "Seminaries that Change the World" by The Center for Faith and Service.
The Earlham School of Religion has had five deans.
- Wilmer Cooper
- Thomas Mullen
- Alan Kolp
- Andy Grannell
- Jay Wade Marshall
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