Seminary Hall, home of Drew Theological School

Earns national recognition for social justice, service programs.

September 2016 – Drew Theological School is one of the Seminaries that Change the World, according to the Center for Faith and Service.

Each year the Center recognizes a select number of seminaries that offer innovative courses, programs and opportunities for students who seek to engage in social justice and service work as part of their ministry preparation.

This year, Drew was among 31 schools recognized by the Center, which revealed its selections on The Huffington Post. The others included Yale Divinity School, Columbia Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School, the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the University of Chicago Divinity School.

In its description of Drew Theological School, the Center notes school scholarships that support students who work to pursue social justice and improve the quality of life for others. It also highlights the school’s six degree programs and field education requirements.

“Our focus on providing experiential and apprenticeship learning opportunities for our students in social justice settings and in parish and non-parish settings really set us apart,” said Javier Viera, dean of the Theological School. “I believe our longstanding commitment to eco-justice and social justice issues also set us apart, particularly since that commitment is embedded in our unique method of training people for pastoral leadership in the churches.”

The national recognition from the Center comes as the school experiences an uptick in enrollment. Some 110 students entered the Theological School this fall—up 28 percent from last year. In addition, the school is undergoing a major curriculum transformation effort, expanding scholarship support for students and welcoming new leadership in academic and programmatic initiatives.

The Center, which is based at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, began recognizing world-changing schools in 2013. This is the first time that Drew has made the list.