Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit
Location: Detroit, MI
Ecumenical Theological Seminary provides a multi-confessional Christian theological education within an urban context, while initiating interfaith engagement. Our approach creates spiritual leadership through personal transformation, social responsibility, critical reflection and academic rigor. ETS graduates are prepared to lead communities of faith while sharing God’s compassion in relationship to various ecumenical, interfaith, political, social, economic, and cultural contexts.
- Women in Leadership Conference Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to a woman who is in preparation for ministry that focuses on women.
- The Sergio and Lora Mazza Scholarship – Awarded to a student based on need, with special attention to students involved in inter-religious dialogue.
- The Marilyn DeGraw Scholarship Fund – Awarded to a student in preparation for urban ministry.
- The Joseph R. Jordan Scholarship Fund for Urban Ministry Diploma Students - $500 scholarship for students preparing for urban ministry and practical theology.
DEGREE PROGRAMS INTEGRATING FAITH & SERVICE
Masters in Divinity
M.A. in Pastoral Ministry
Doctor of Ministry
Interpreting the meanings of theological symbols in the lived experience of ministry brings the whole context of faith to bear on immediate existential challenges of ministry. Worship, prayer and meditation are explored as basic ways of understanding and living ministry. The program of study is developed within the experience of a colleague group. Intensive experiential colleague groups provide the setting in which students and faculty will learn, teach, and pray together. The theory and praxis of ministry grow together through personal vulnerability and mutual support and confrontation, thus modeling faithful and effective ministerial leadership. The ETS Doctor of Ministry program is a three-year process of personal and professional growth. The program involves the following:
Two Emergent Weeks of study per year, occurring in August and January. Each week will include worship, a theme course, core courses, and group interaction.
Diploma in Urban Ministry
The Urban Ministry Diploma Program (UMD) is a non-degree course of study in theology and ministry designed for clergy and laypeople. The aim of the program is to provide theological and ministerial training that is concise, practical, specific to urban church ministry, multicultural, cross-cultural and ecumenical in focus. It is intellectually and spiritually empowering for use by any Christian tradition working in the urban context. This is a program that embraces and reflects the heart and soul of the city and surrounding communities. The program, begun in 1994 as the Christian Ministry Diploma Program (CMD), targeted persons who desired a seminary-type educational experience that would ordinarily be out of their reach. The UMD Program offers alternative seminary ministry training that is urban-focused at its core. Each of the eight courses includes 30 hours of classroom instruction over a ten week period.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FOCUS: WATER JUSTICE IN FLINT & BEYOND
A particular focus for Ecumenical Theological Seminary over the past few years has been around issues concerning water in Michigan. The last few years, we have had a strong focus on the city’s programs for turning off the water supply of the urban poor in Detroit, and more recently have been engaged actively with the crisis in nearby Flint, Michigan, concerning contaminated water.
ENGAGEMENT ON CAMPUS
There are many opportunities for Ecumenical Theological Seminary students to engage with the world, and specifically the deep needs of the City of Detroit. Students are involved in the urban farming and agriculture movement, the fight against the restrictions of water among the urban poor in Detroit, the current crisis concerning contaminated water in Flint, and ministries to the homeless.
FIELD EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
The Community Health Ministries Residency program is an outstanding opportunity for master’s and doctoral students to learn about health ministries and public health through a field education placement that combines experience in hospitals, community health social service agencies, and congregationally-based nursing and health ministries.
ISSUE INTEGRATED ACADEMIC COURSES
- Communication in the Contemporary Church
- Colonialism, Nationalism, Racism, Sexism
- Human Sexuality and Ethics
- Race, Religion and Hermeneutics
- Racism and Sexism
- Homosexuality and the Bible
- Foundations of Urban Ministry
- Faith-Based Economic Development
- The Origins of the Urban Crisis