School of Theology Named as a Seminary that Changes the World for 2017-18 Academic Year

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November 1st, 2017


November 1, 2017 – Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a Seminary that Changes the World, Class of 2017-18 by The Center for Faith and Service, based at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. 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. Boston University School of Theology’s recognition as a Seminary that Changes the World reflects the ongoing work BUSTH is doing to seek a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

According to Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore, “we are grateful and humbled by this honor by Seminaries that Change the World. The work of social healing and social transformation toward justice is communal work. We are highly motivated to deepen our spiritual centers as we study and act and reflect honestly for the sake of healing justice in our terribly broken world.”

At BUSTH, students, faculty, and administration alike are responsible for the social justice and service learning work that is evidenced each day. Students raise tough issues and initiate significant conversations regarding race and racism, immigration, poverty and homelessness, ecological justice, and mental health. Faculty lead actions in curriculum development, community responses to violence and discrimination, and research initiatives that will better inform faithful action toward justice. Administrators and staff work with others to envision and enact the future, creating supports through such actions as recruitment efforts for diverse and passionate students, sustainability improvements in renovations and community habits, and meaningful community activities.

“Seminaries and Divinity Schools are uniquely positioned to provide the most relevant, fast-paced, and innovative degrees in all of higher ed. The schools named in this year’s Seminaries that Change the World are helping to redefine what ministry looks like,” remarked Wayne Meisel, executive director of The Center for Faith and Service and founder of Seminaries that Change the World. “Their alums are involved in some of the most innovative and engaging work going on in our churches, communities, and world.”

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.

For more information about Seminaries that Change the World, or to see the complete list of schools accepted to this year’s cohort, visit The BUSTH page can also be found at


The Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary works to help 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. For more information about The Center for Faith and Service, visit