2021 Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Update – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod
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Thank you for being a ministry partner!
Your prayers, your direct synod gifts, and the encouragement of your leaders to attend seminary are all ways in which you participate with us in the important mission of equipping future pastors, deacons, and unregistered religious leaders for the work that we do. ‘they are called to do in congregations, hospitals, schools, community organizations, etc.
Center for Climate Justice and Faith:
Linking ecological healing with racial and economic justice
The Center for Climate Justice & Faith (CCJF) empowers leaders to cultivate moral, spiritual and practical power for climate justice work in faith communities and in collaboration with others. Launched in September 2020, the CCJF offers / develops the following programs:
Current programs / achievements:
o Certification as a Green-Justice seminar; PLTS is the eleventh seminar in the United States to complete the process.
o Concentration in Climate Justice and Faith, for Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students.
o Curricular innovations – Teaching and learning at the crossroads of race, class, gender and Earth.
Coming in 2021 – 2022:
o Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith (in the service of the Lutheran World Communion; for non-graduate students) in collaboration with the Lutheran World Federation, ELCA World Hunger and Lutherans Restoring Creation. o Community organizing course for climate justice rooted in faith.
o Public programming in collaboration with local, national and global networks.
o Annual climate justice activist-researcher in residence.
o Circle of affiliated activist-researchers and activist-artists.
Master of Arts in Spirituality and Social Change Coming in fall 2021!
This new curriculum has been approved by the Association of Theological Schools. Students can choose to study between residential and distance education options.
The life of the seminary during the pandemic
PLTS moved classes and worship to ZOOM on March 16, 2020. This allowed students to continue their programs and new students from the United States, Lebanon, and Russia to begin.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT PLTS
• Total number of students: 114
• Master of Divinity (MDiv) students: 51 • MDiv internship students: 16 • Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) students: 46
• Tuition fees (full-time M.Div): $ 22,460 • Average total housing cost: $ 8,640 • Bursaries awarded: $ 644,427 to 100% of eligible students according to need inherit programs in September. It is our prayer intention that we can return to campus and offer in-person classes for fall 2021, although a distance learning option continues. Graduation in 2020 has been postponed to 2021 and an online startup service is scheduled for May 22.
To learn more about PLTS, or to give a gift, visit PLTS.edu.