Chicago Theological Seminary, a related seminary of the United Church of Christ, was awarded a $225,000 grant for its theological curriculum, ECOmmunity: The Ecology of Theological Education in a Religiously Pluralistic World. The seminary has a commitment to interfaith engagement in preparing religious leaders who have studied other faith traditions, and has also focused on environmental sustainability, allowing CTS to prepare its graduates to become well-rounded leaders who can care for God's creation.
The school said the grant, awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation, will allow it to expand its social outreach, increase curricular offerings and education interreligious and ecological studies, and increase religious diversity. ECOmmunity is designed to deepen relationships by building healthy and sustainable communities, and comes from CTS's Center for Jewish Christian and Islamic Studies.
"The school's commitment to preparing religious leaders who are knowledgeable about other faiths has been vibrant and visible for more than 30 years through curricular offerings, degree programs and [the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies],” the school said in a statement.
In 2012, CTS moved into a new LEED-Gold certified building -- awarded to buildings that are environmentally friendly — to live into its values of sustainability. The school said it helps people "grow in their commitment to genuine and life-giving interreligious engagement by seeing each other's full humanity, while working side-by-side on environmental issues through daily living, internships and academic study.”
CTS is one of seven UCC-affiliated seminaries in the United States. The school was founded in 1855, and now has a student body that represents more than 40 different faith traditions, perspectives and denominations.