Hartford International University for Religion and Peace

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Hartford International University for Religion and Peace
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Former names
Hartford Theological Seminary
Hartford Seminary Foundation
Hartford Seminary
TypePrivate theological university
Established1833; 190 years ago (1833)
Religious affiliation
Endowment$47.9 million (2019)[1]
PresidentJoel N. Lohr
Location, ,
United States

41°46′12″N 72°42′27″W / 41.7699°N 72.7076°W / 41.7699; -72.7076Coordinates: 41°46′12″N 72°42′27″W / 41.7699°N 72.7076°W / 41.7699; -72.7076

The Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary) is a private theological university in Hartford, Connecticut.


Hartford Seminary's origins date back to 1833 when the Pastoral Union of Connecticut was formed to train Congregational ministers.[2] The next year the Theological Institute of Connecticut was founded at East Windsor Hill, Connecticut. The institution moved to Hartford in 1865 and officially took the name Hartford Theological Seminary in 1885.[2] The Bible Normal College affiliated with the seminary in 1902 and changed its name to Hartford School of Religious Pedagogy.[3] The Kennedy School of Missions became another affiliated activity,[3] originally organized by the Seminary as a separate organization in 1911. In 1913, these three endeavors were combined.[2] In 1961, the entities were legally merged and adopted the new name Hartford Seminary Foundation, which was used until 1981, when the simpler name "Hartford Seminary" came into use.[2]

The Hartford Seminary Foundation published the Hartford Quarterly (originally named Bulletin - Hartford Seminary Foundation) from 1960 to 1968.[4]

Hartford Seminary began to offer niche concentrations in Christian-Muslim dialogue in 1972, and in 1990 Hartford Seminary officially claimed non-denominational status.[5] On Jan. 1, 2018, the Hartford Seminary joined the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI), which is the largest theological consortium in the world.

In October 2021, Hartford Seminary officially changed its name to the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace.[6][7][8] The change was intended to better reflect its focus on interfaith dialogue. The university's logo was also updated.

Hartford campus[edit]

When the seminary moved to Hartford in 1865, it was at first located in the area now occupied by buildings of the Wadsworth Atheneum. In the 1910s, it planned a dedicated new campus on Hartford's west side, south of Elizabeth Street. Construction was delayed by World War I, and a handsome campus of Collegiate Gothic Revival buildings was constructed in the 1920s. Surviving elements of this construction phase were used by the seminary until 1981, and currently constitute the campus of the University of Connecticut School of Law.[9] The present main seminary building, designed by architect Richard Meier, was completed in 1981,[2] replacing several buildings demolished from the initial building phase. The seminary also continues to occupy several adjacent buildings that have historically been part of its campus. These, as well as the law school, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, primarily for their architecture.[9]


Hartford Seminary

Hartford International University is centered on two academic units: the Hartford Institute for Religion Research[10] and the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, the country’s oldest center for such study, having opened in 1973.[11] The seminary offers certificate programs and graduate degrees up to the doctoral level, including the only accredited Islamic chaplaincy program.[12][13]

The Muslim World Publication[edit]

Hartford International University has been home to The Muslim World since 1938, an academic journal dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of scholarly research on Islam and Muslim societies and on historical and current aspects of Christian-Muslim relations. The journal was founded in 1911, and is edited and published quarterly.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Hartford Seminary

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2019. "U.S. and Canadian 2019 NTSE Participating Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2019 Endowment Market Value, and Percentage Change in Market Value from FY18 to FY19 (Revised)". National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "History". www.hartfordinternational.edu. Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  3. ^ a b Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Hartford Theological Seminary" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  4. ^ "The Hartford Quarterly". Johns Hopkins University Libraries. Archived from the original on 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
  5. ^ Hartford Seminary, Our Story, hartsem.edu, USA, Retrieved December 17, 2017
  6. ^ "Hartford Seminary announces its new name". 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  7. ^ McAvoy, Seamus (13 October 2021). "With a new name and fresh logo, the Hartford Seminary is now the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace". Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  8. ^ "Our Recent Name Change". www.hartfordinternational.edu. Retrieved 2021-12-02.
  9. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Hartford Seminary Foundation". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  10. ^ "Hartford Institute for Religion Research". hartfordinternational.edu. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  11. ^ "Macdonald Center". hartfordinternational.edu. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  12. ^ "Degree Programs". hartfordinternational.edu. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  13. ^ "Islamic Chaplaincy Pathway". hartfordinternational.edu. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  14. ^ "The Muslim World Journal". www.hartfordinternational.edu. Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  15. ^ "Imam Yahya Hendi". The Muslim 500: The World's Most Influential Muslims. Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2012.

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