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Theological education in the manner of Friends begins with hospitality. Welcome to the ESR website! As a Christian seminary in the Quaker tradition, we place high emphasis upon the value of listening for and discerning God’s call into ministry, grounded in distinctives such as integrity, equality, and peace. As an educational institution, we intend to be a community of learning where critical thinking and spiritual searching easily intertwine, leading us to a deeper understanding of God and each other, and a greater commitment to transformative ministry.

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A centering and meditative time of worship, prepared and led by students from the class on Spiritual Formation and Public Ministry, opened the 2015 ESR Spirituality Gathering. Prayer, scripture readings interspersed with silence, reflective songs, and a closing responsive reading which began "Always present God, we ask for the breath of Your Spirit to fill us" drew attenders into the meaning and focus for the day. 

ESR is honored to be included in the 2015 class of Seminaries that Change the World. Twenty-six institutions are included in this year's class, announced by The Center for Faith and Service, including neighboring partner Bethany Theological Seminary. This is the second consecutive year that ESR has been included.