ESR Recognized by Seminaries that Change the World for 2016-17 School Year

September 15, 2016 – Earlham School of Religion is pleased to announce that ESR has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World for the third straight year by The Center for Faith and Service.

Each year, Seminaries that Change the World identifies a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. Earlham School of Religion’s recognition as a Seminary that Changes the World reflects the ongoing work we are doing to make quality seminary education affordable and offer programs focused on spiritual formation, vocational discernment, and the practical ministry of justice, peace, and service in the world.

In response to news of the selection, ESR Dean Jay Marshall commented, “We are delighted to be recognized once again for our commitment to a model of ministry that is not content to play quietly within the confines of our sacred spaces while ignoring the disparity between social norms and gospel values. For those students courageous enough to say “yes” to their call to ministry, ESR commits significant resources, both financial and personnel, toward their formation and development for ministry.”

As part of the 2014-15 Class of Seminaries that Change the World, ESR began to develop a plan to build upon its already low tuition cost and generous financial aid with the school’s first-ever full-tuition scholarship. This Leadership and Service Scholarship  was launched with the 2015-16 academic year, and included an MA student who recently completed a year of service with Quaker Voluntary Service and an MDiv student graduating from a Bonner Scholar program at Carson-Newman University. The Leadership and Service Scholarship is now open to residential students who, within the past 3 years, are recommended by and have participated in a service or leadership program including: a Bonner Scholar or Bonner Leader program, a Quaker College Leadership program, Quaker Voluntary Service or another “Service Programs that Change the World” or Volunteers Exploring Vocation program, or a year-long internship with American Friends Service CommitteeFriends Committee on National LegislationQuEST SeattleQuaker United Nations Office, or other approved service organization. You can learn more about this and other financial aid opportunities here.

The list of Seminaries that Change the World is published by The Center for Faith and Service, an organization that works to help seminaries, service programs, denominations and local congregations connect faith with service and social justice work.

Reflecting on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World, Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of The Center for Faith and Service, remarked: “Anyone seeking to change the world ought to at least consider seminary or divinity school as an option to grow personally in one’s faith and to inspire, sustain and deepen his or her commitment to neighbor, community, country and the world. Through their commitment to collaborate, this diverse group of schools named on this year’s list of Seminaries that Change the World embody the best of faithful and justice seeking communities.”

For more information about Seminaries that Change the World, or Earlham School of Religion’s unique programs, courses, and scholarships, visit

About Earlham School of Religion

Earlham School of Religion is a non-creedal Christian graduate theological school in the Quaker tradition. ESR prepares women and men for leadership that empowers and for ministry that serves. This mission grows out of our Christian belief that God calls everyone to ministry. Using a transformative model of education, ESR encourages students to explore the intellectual, spiritual, and practical dimensions of their calls to ministry. Throughout their history, Quakers have taken a leading role in speaking truth to power, exposing social and economic concerns, and ministering to those among us who are most in need. If these values resonate with you, you can be a part of this continuing work regardless of your religious background. ESR offers Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees as well as certificate programs and classes residentially and through our Access distance program. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our

About The Center for Faith and Service:

Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, The Center for Faith and Service works to develop new programs and identify existing resources that support the church to be present and relevant in the lives of young adults. Through a variety of initiatives, including Seminaries that Change the World, The Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.