Our commitment to educate religious leaders with broader global perspective
At Meadville Lombard, we are creating a globally inclusive culture of theological education in which we prepare our students to serve in their own contexts and across borders. We are committed to working with international partners, as liberal religious communities around the world continue to promote justice, equality, and compassion.
Our short-term programs follow Meadville Lombard’s Contextual Learning educational model, in which praxis and theory are integrated. They combine in-person and remote work as well as activities that help students translate the learning to their local context.
If you are interested in any of the following programs, please contact the Office of International Formation and Recruitment.
In partnership with the International Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Meadville Lombard offers a nine-month program to international U/U ministers and lay leaders who are interested in strengthening their leadership skills and discerning their spiritual path with the support of a global learning community. Participants will received a certificate upon completion of the program.
This program is offered to people from outside the United States and from every faith tradition who are interested in deepening their foundations in global religions and strengthening their communication skills to work in multifaith environments.
Students enrolled in Meadville Lombard's degree programs are eligible to apply to three scholarships to strengthen their intercultural skills by engaging with international communities. These scholarships aim to support our students to growth self-awareness, expand their narratives, as well as explore and learn from different communities.
For two to three weeks, the recipient of this scholarship will stay in the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Suzuka, Japan. During this time, they will develop a greater practical understanding of the Shinto tradition.
Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council, the UUA International Office and the Hungarian Unitarian Church offer a partial scholarship to students in the Master in Divinity program to travel to Romania for an in-depth encounter with Transylvanian culture, the birth place of Unitarianism.
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice offers service-learning trips for religious professionals. Meadville Lombard Theological School offers a partial travel scholarship to students who participate in one of these programs in conjunction to one of their academic courses.