Seabury Western Seminary Closing Its M.Div Program

Not terribly surprising, in reality. Dying Church, dying seminaries. That and Nashotah House has the youngest seminary population. I guess we are running out of aging hippie ladies to make priests and the money to send them to seminary. It is a kind of a shame that the closure is happening on their 150th anniversary. What is also strange is that this is Sewanee’s 150th anniversary too. 1858 must have been a really good year for the Episcopal Church. I wonder what a good year in the Episcopal Church would look like.

6 Responses to “Seabury Western Seminary Closing Its M.Div Program”

  1. 1 Beau Surratt February 23, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Please do not spread false information. Seabury is NOT closing its M.Div Program. If you view the statement that has been made public on they’re website, you can learn the truth.

  2. 2 Rick Arllen February 23, 2008 at 2:33 am

    BS, you are quite correct that Seabury has not specifically declared itself to be going out of business by closing its M.Div program. Indeed and actually, Seabury is following the show business model for this phenomenon. When a TV show is perceived by its financial backers to be going down the tube, but it isn’t wise, perhaps from a network marketing perspective or to save face or any other reason, to just outright shut it down, the show enters a state of pre-death showbiz limbo called ‘hiatus.’ The congruent Pisky term of art is ‘discernment.’ But whether ‘hiatus’ or ‘discernment,’ Seabury is toast sooner or very near-term later. Brad is spot on with his assessment of what will be the pronounced cause of death.

    Of course, the school could do something really radical and embrace orthodox theology. Nah, Seabury is too Pisky to even consider that alternative.

  3. 3 James Manley February 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    They haven’t closed it down; they just aren’t accepting any more students. All is well(TM) and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

  4. 4 brad evans January 8, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    You have too many clergy, anyway. If current membership trends continue along with current ordination trends, you’ll have one clergy member for every lay member by 2034.

  5. 5 Richard February 24, 2010 at 2:58 am


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