Meadville Lombard Theological School has a history that demonstrates creativity and innovation, and it is grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology. Through its 175 years of history, this institution has charted a visionary path that builds upon the diverse strands of faith traditions and commitments to social justice that continues to shape who we are.
As a theological school, Meadville Lombard has kept an eye towards the changing landscape of theological education and sought to be adaptive, resilient, and committed to nurturing future leaders who can lead across multiple faith traditions and religious orientations. Here are some ways:
In Meadville Lombard, as a learning community, we wrestle with pressing questions of the times and be challenged to live out our vocations, whether in parish or non-parish settings, in ways that speak of hope and works for transformation. We explore questions of how living into the work of justice and compassion leads us in:
Meadville Lombard’s commitment to justice-making theological education is reflected in the way our alums engage with the world’s pressing needs. From human rights campaigns, chaplaincy work, legislative advocacy to congregational work, Meadville Lombard graduates are providing leadership essential to make this world a more just one.
As a Unitarian Universalist, I believe that effective religious leadership is in the service of the good news of our shared Seven Principles. This comes with high stakes: It can call into question the business-as-usual ways of operating when faced with new challenges. Challenges are possibilities for re-imagining current realities. In my vocation as a theological educator and my service as a lay leader, I believe that Unitarian Universalist theological education has a unique role to play in a complex world demanding religious literacy, intercultural competency, administrative skills, fluency in communication styles, the responsible use of technological and digital tools, and the ability to adapt to shifting demographics. Theological education is most effective when it lives prophetically into what our Unitarian Universalist movement can offer to the world: to help reshape a broken world through the power of justice, equity, and compassion in our ways of being faithful to our sacred faith and with responsibility for one another.
Join us in the work.