After much discernment, the Trustees voted to discontinue our Doctor of Ministry program and to reevaluate in 2018. The students currently enrolled in the program will receive advice and individualized recommendations for completing their degrees.
This was a difficult decision for our Board and faculty to make. It came about for two reasons. First, we are obligated by our reaccreditation from the Association of Theological Schools to publish a decision at this time about our intent for the Doctor of Ministry program. Satisfying this obligation leads to the second reason: The faculty is excited about possibilities to broaden the school's master's degree offerings, but we cannot responsibly work to develop a new DMin program at the same time. Under terms of our reaccreditation, we've scheduled a review of the DMin program for 2018. So in five years' time, the school can look again at reinstating a DMin degree program.
The current version of Meadville Lombard's Doctor of Ministry program launched in 2000. Since then, 26 students completed the degree. Our students have produced doctorate work that is important to Unitarian Universalism. Their dissertations covered a range from the worship arts to the art of storytelling, from Unitarian Universalist history to psychology and religion, and from economics and religion to community building. We honor their work.