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Bridge 2OUR VISION


We Build Bridges.

OUR MISSION


Louisville Seminary educates and forms servant leaders for tomorrow’s ministries.
We build bridges:


  • between sacred texts and human lives;
  • between the past and the future;
  • among persons of different faiths, Christian denominations, and cultures;

. . . all in the name of Jesus Christ, the bridge between God and humanity.



A Vision for our Time


vision barIn a time when hatred defines public discourse, when there are people actively working to divide our society, provoking opposition and hostility among people on the basis of how we differ, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary prepares those who show great promise for ministry for a life of service and leadership in congregations, social service agencies, communities and the world in great need of pastoral and spiritual guidance.

Louisville Seminary's mission cannot be taken for granted in this polarized society. We build bridges. That doesn't mean that we've got it all figured out here. We build bridges to bring us together in the name of the God who reconciled the world to himself in Jesus Christ. And that doesn't mean that we insist that others agree with us in order to be in relationship with us.

We build bridges because we know we need one another in order to be whole. We build bridges between people of different religious, political, social and cultural perspectives because we know that truth is out there and among us, but we need each other to find it.

We build bridges between different faiths because we know God is bigger than we are, bigger than our ideas about God, bigger than our theologies, bigger even than our biggest hopes and dreams.

We build bridges between persons of different ethnicities, races, tribes, nations and continents because we know that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. We cannot know or love God properly if we cut ourselves off from each other.

We build bridges between people of different sexual orientations. We know that the best way to overcome prejudice is through deep and enduring personal relationships. So we bring people together whatever their differences may be so they can know and learn to respect one another as children of God.

A Mission that Matters Now


We lament and are anxious because we do not want our world to become less generous, less open, less compassionate, less gracious. We do not want our world to participate in disrespect and hatred, cruelty and violence, nor to justify oppression and torture in the name of freedom.

We want our world to reflect the grace and love of God revealed in and through our Lord Jesus Christ because we know there is no power greater than God's love, and that every claim to power that struts upon this earth threatening to hurt others is full of vain bluff and bluster.

We have reason to fear for the safety and liberty of gays and lesbians, transgender persons and bisexuals. We have reason to fear for Black, Latino/Latina and Asian persons, for Muslims and Buddhists, Sikhs and Jews, indeed for anyone who looks differently, thinks differently or prays differently from the majority. We have reason to fear for the plight of children at the margins, the aged, the poor, the under-insured, the under-educated, the under-employed or unemployed. But we cannot believe that they or we will be well-served by giving in to fear. Instead we are called to do the most courageous thing in the world in this time of division: to love without limits.

"Perfect love casts out fear," we are told by the author of First John, the same author who tells us that "God is love," and that it is impossible to love God without also loving others. "Perfect love casts out fear," believed a persecuted Christian community which wrote this letter sometime between the reigns of the Roman Emperors Domitian and Hadrian.

How in the world could these Christians have said and believed these things in such a time? Simply because their faith was not placed in the hands of the one who held the imperial scepter, but the One who holds all history.

We share this confidence, this faith, and this vision.

We build bridges. The bridges we build bring people and societies and faiths together in the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Just how important that vision remains is magnified every day.



Commitments

The Seminary is a community that affirms and trusts the ever-faithful presence and activity of the triune God. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we confess the Scriptures to be the unique and authoritative witness to God's redemptive love for the world. As an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Seminary has a particular responsibility to preserve and develop the values and insights of the Reformed tradition.

Relationships

Consistent with the Reformed tradition, we are committed to an ecumenical vision of the ultimate unity of the Body of Christ. This vision recognizes the wholeness of the church's mission, respects the global and cross-cultural character of Christian ministry in the world and motivates continuing efforts at interfaith dialogue and practice. The faculty, staff, student body, administration and Board of Trustees of the Seminary represent a broad range of Christian confession. The United Methodist, the African Methodist Episcopal, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion and the Christian Methodist Episcopal communions officially recognize the Seminary as an appropriate school for their candidates to receive their theological education.

Educational Vision

The Seminary strives to provide an educational context in which students and teachers may explore and nurture their vocational commitments while becoming biblically, theologically and historically informed and competent in the diverse skills necessary for ministry. In the Seminary's integrated curriculum, the historical and contemporary resources of the church's thought and practice are in continual interaction with the contributions of our wider culture and with first-hand experiences of the practices of ministry. Through our commitment to scholarly research and teaching, the Seminary provides theological resources for the church by striving to interpret the gospel in an ever-changing world, by extending the horizons of theological inquiry and by shaping the church's intellectual foundation for its faith and ministry.

In all these activities, our aim is to nurture the convictions, character, vision, wisdom and forms of life vital to leadership in the Christian community and the wider culture.

Strategies

The majority of students are preparing for ministries of the Word and Sacrament through the Master of Divinity degree. A significant number are preparing for other types of ministry and scholarship related to the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Master of Arts (Religion) degree programs.

The Seminary serves the wider church community by generating scholarship, educational opportunities, programming and research through the Louisville Institute, continuing and lay education, field education, and the Louisville Seminary Counseling Ministry.

In our life of worship, spiritual development, learning and mutual Christian care, the Seminary community is led by the Holy Spirit to respond to God in Jesus Christ. In our planning and stewardship, and through engagement with significant social struggles and ethical issues, the Seminary community seeks to model faithful Christian discipleship.
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