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The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to welcome Newbigin House of Studies to its consortium as its latest affiliate.
Newbigin House is an ecumenical study center developing leaders through theological education. They are committed to renewing a vision for Christian ministry in a rapidly changing world by training and mentoring missional leaders in partnership with churches and seminaries. Their staff, along with senior and teaching fellows, bring rich experience in church and non-profit work, social justice ministry, vocational discipleship, counseling and pastoral care.
“We are thrilled to have forged this partnership with Newbigin House — one that has been many years in the making,” said GTU President Dr. Uriah Kim. “The experience and passion of their staff and fellows will create valuable new opportunities for GTU students to engage in study, conversation, and mentorship, and their presence will strengthen the entire consortium.”
Located in San Francisco, Newbigin House was founded in 2011 in a partnership between City Church and Western Theological Seminary. Today, the study center welcomes more than 90 participants in the annual Newbigin Fellowship for Faith, Peace, and Justice, which is a nine-month journey into Christian theology, spirituality, and community for clergy, laity, and students.
They are now the fifth affiliate within the GTU’s consortium, which also includes eight member schools and five academic centers, making it the largest consortium of theological schools and institutes in North America.
“In tumultuous times like ours, it's hard to imagine doing theological education without creative collaboration and robust interreligious dialogue, both of which have long been hallmark features of the GTU,” said Dr. Peter Choi, Director of Theological Education at Newbigin House. “We are especially excited about the many extraordinary opportunities opening up for our fellows and students as we join this vibrant consortium of learning."
Starting this fall, GTU students will have the opportunity to take courses with Newbigin House, beginning with Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Peter Choi. Similarly, Newbigin House students may cross-register for courses through the GTU, all of which can be found online at http://gtusonis.jenzabarcloud.com