McCormick Theological Seminary


McCormick’s core values are summed up in the final sentence of its mission statement: “A
Seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1829 and a progressive leader within the
Reformed tradition, we are committed to institutional life, scholarship and ministry that is
ecumenical, urban, and cross-cultural.”

As a PCUSA Seminary, McCormick offers regular courses in theology, history, and ministry that prepare students for ordination in the Presbyterian Church. However, less than half of the faculty and only slightly over one third of the students come from churches of the Reformed tradition. The rich ecumenical mix of students, and the intentional way that McCormick’s curriculum engages different denominational traditions helps to form students for the religious and denominational diversity that mark the 21st century.

Project Details

  1.  Continuing education for interested faculty on contemporary science and how to
    incorporate science resources into current courses
  2. Book discussion group to read and discuss some well-chosen
    texts or to take field trips together to science centers in proximity
  3. Opening evening courses to the entire seminary community when there is a guest science presenter
  4.  In some cases this evening event with a guest science presenter could be advertised more widely and opened to the public
  5. Incorporating relevant field trips into courses
  6. Promoting special lectures offered in the larger Chicago area by incorporating them into course expectations or extra credit opportunities
  7. Providing scholarships for students for registration fees so that they may attend special
    science events in the Midwest region

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In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.