As part of this work, the Board of Trustees affirmed our legal anti-discrimination statement. This statement now appears on our website (see above this slider) and in faculty, employee, and student handbooks, as well as on applications and other important documents.
Running parallel to this work there has been special attention given to our LGBTQ+ inclusivity on campus.
The Board of Trustees affirmed the purpose statement of Sacred Worth, a Garrett-Evangelical student LGBTQ+ and allies group, which reads as follows:
Sacred Worth at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a student group that seeks to advocate for the dignity, rights, and issues of the LGBTQ+ communities and their allies. It is a place of fellowship and support for all persons. We affirm that all persons are of sacred worth, created in the image of God. Every effort is made to recognize the rights of all people and to celebrate each person regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Garrett-Evangelical worked with two consultants who led Circle of Trust® conversations with faculty, staff, students, and trustees on the topic of LGBTQ+ inclusive welcome. Our Board of Trustees affirmed the five recommendations for LGBTQ+ inclusive welcome. In short, the five recommendations were: 1) Pursue curricular and co-curricular changes; 2) Offer coaching, mentoring and vocational counseling for students, particularly those on an UMC ordination track; 3) Commission a task force (comprised of faculty, students, trustees, and staff) to identify specific areas for policy and structural change at the Seminary, 4) Re-examine the 1997 trustees and faculty statements; and 5) Consider how the seminary would “go public” with this statement.
一道本不卡免费高清Based on the Board of Trustees affirmations, these action items were included in our current Strategic Plan and a team of faculty, staff, students, and trustees was assembled and continues its work today. The purpose of the team is to review the five recommendations from the Circles of Trust® conversations, to research and propose potential actions, to seek, when needed, approval from the appropriate constituency (faculty, staff, students, leadership team, trustees), and take action.
一道本不卡免费高清This team continues to address the action items stemming from the five recommendations. We have completed many actions stemming from the first three recommendations. Recommendation four will be addressed through our work with Morten Group to create a community statement that will be added to our faculty, employee, and student handbooks and our website. Since we will make this statement public, we will have responded to recommendation 5.
2016-2021 Strategic Plan
Garrett-Evangelical is a servant seminary dedicated to preparing spiritually grounded and prophetic leaders for the church, the world, and the academy who are well equipped to:
- Proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a religiously pluralistic world;
- Guide others in a life of deep spiritual formation and commitment;
- Serve with culturally sensitive competence;
- Collaborate as public theologians for the wellbeing of all persons and creation;
- Lead transformative change for the sake of community and the global world.
We are sensitive to the changing landscape of theological education. These are exciting and challenging times that are truly historic in terms of the innovation necessary to respond to the shifting needs of the church and the world. In October 2015, the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan was approved by our Board of Trustees with this in mind. All of our strategies require sustained attention to embody our call as a servant seminary to the church, the world, and the academy, to attract students, and to provide relevant and robust theological education in this century. Follow the link below to read the Strategic Plan of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.