Earlham School of Religion

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Earlham School of Religion
Earlham School of Religion sign.JPG
Motto For learning. For leading. Among Friends
Type Private, graduate seminary
Established 1960
Affiliation Quakers[1]
President David Dawson
Dean Jay Wade Marshall
Academic staff
Students c. 100
Location Richmond, Indiana, United States
39°49′35″N 84°54′36″W / 39.826274°N 84.910107°W / 39.826274; -84.910107Coordinates: 39°49′35″N 84°54′36″W / 39.826274°N 84.910107°W / 39.826274; -84.910107
Campus Urban
Affiliations Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, North Central Association, Bethany Theological Seminary
Website Official website

Earlham School of Religion (ESR), a graduate division of Earlham College, located in Richmond, Indiana, is the oldest graduate seminary associated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

History and current programs[edit]

ESR was founded in 1960[2] by Wilmer Cooper, D. Elton Trueblood and others for the training of Quaker ministers. Three certificates are also available: writing as ministry, Quakerism, and spirituality. Today Earlham School of Religion grants the Master of Divinity, the Master of Ministry, and Master of Arts in Religious Studies degrees with four areas of concentration: Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Quaker Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies. 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 "Spirituality Day," "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.


The Earlham School of Religion has had five deans.

  • Wilmer Cooper
  • Thomas Mullen
  • Alan Kolp
  • Andy Grannell
  • Jay Wade Marshall


  1. ^ Quaker Colleges, Universities and Study Centers
  2. ^ "Theological Education" on the ESR website.

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