Member Schools Announce New Partnerships
San Francisco Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific are celebrating new institutional relationships that promise to offer increased opportunities for their students and the wider GTU.
On February 25, 2019, San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) announced it is entering into a partnership with the University of the Redlands in Redlands, CA. SFTS will remain on its San Anselmo campus and will form the core of a new graduate school of theology at the University of the Redlands. In a letter to the SFTS community, President Jim MacDonald wrote, “We are very excited about the opportunities this new relationship creates for students from all walks of life. We remain committed to educating persons for transformational ministries of peace, healing, and justice as we pursue these new pathways of possibility.” With this new partnership, SFTS becomes the third GTU member school to affiliate with a university, joining the Jesuit School of Theology (Santa Clara University) and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (California Lutheran University). You can read the full announcement from SFTS at https://sfts.edu/pathways/
On March 4, 2019, Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) announced a new alliance with Trinity Church Wall Street of New York City that will “foster CDSP’s growth, deepen its impact, and promote the development of future leaders of the church.” Under the new agreement, Trinity will provide support to enhance CDSP’s “rigorous academic and spiritual preparation for people who will lead the global church.” Over time Trinity will work with CDSP faculty to enhance the school’s curriculum with content from other disciplines, including increased emphasis on managerial and business skills to help pastors and laity lead the church effectively in a changing world. Read the announcement from CDSP at https://cdsp.edu/news/
GTU President Daniel Lehmann joined the leaders of these member schools in celebrating these new relationships: “The significant resources that will be brought to the GTU through these new institutional partnerships are sure to enhance our educational endeavors, creating new opportunities for GTU students and strengthening the entire consortium.”