the core of the Institute are plans for a graduate program for mature
students who have a solid background in theology and religion as
teachers, scholars, or ministers. Advanced degrees will be tailored
to meet the needs of individual students.
is not in competition with denominational seminaries; rather, the
curriculum attempts to discover a common language of comparison
and explore neglected aspects of religious thought. The Institutes
goal is to enhance the students professional competence to
develop into a new kind of theologianan expert in his or her
field who is dedicated to open dialogue and scholarship.
anticipated that a doctor of ministry degree and a
masters degree will be offered to experienced pastors and
those who desire to broaden their knowledge in order to make practical
contributions to interreligious scholarly dialogue. In this rigorous,
interdisciplinary program of study, the emphasis is placed on developing
clear communicative and expository skills, as well as analytic expertise.
of the Holy Innocents (1857). Gift of John Bard, founder of St.
Stephens College. Photo by Tania Barricklo.