We believe that every person has unique talent and knowledge to share with the world, and we are dedicated to helping you find your unique path so you can be a force for good in the world.
A blend of academic rigor and spiritual formation
As a graduate theological school with a mission-focused upon ministry and service, ESR bears the dual responsibility of accurately conveying the materials and movements that shape the Christian and Quaker religious heritages and of creating a learning environment in which students are formed for ministry that is relevant to the current era. Consequently, the academic programs at ESR intend to combine academic rigor with spiritual formation and value the inner transformation of the student as much as the outer preparation of the minister.
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What makes Earlham School of Religion unique?
ESR blends academic rigor with spiritual formation, in pursuit of a holistic education designed to lead our students and alumni/ae to lives of creative ministry. We are grounded in Christian belief with strong Quaker influences but serve the wider ecumenical community. We believe in the power of personalized attention within the classroom but weave experiential and technology-aided learning into the educational experience. And while we prepare students for traditional roles in churches and meetings, we recognize and support the many evolving forms of ministry and leadership.
Earlham School of Religion teaching faculty are scholars and researchers who make noteworthy contributions to our understanding of all the ways of ministering in today’s world. While each brings their own diverse perspective, all share a singular focus on equipping new generations of students for lives of active ministry.