Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sentimental About Seminary

"Newton seminary plans to scale down operations, relocate" by Peter Schworm Globe Staff  November 12, 2015

Established more than two centuries ago as the nation’s first theological seminary, Andover Newton Theological School is on the verge of dramatic change.

Its enrollment in steady decline for more than a decade, the Newton seminary plans to scale down its operations and relocate. It could also merge with another school, potentially Yale Divinity School in Connecticut.

In a letter sent Thursday to students, faculty and alumni, seminary leaders said the changes were made necessary by “seismic changes that are taking place in the church and, by extension, in theological education.”

“As much as we cherish it, the large campus we occupy today was built to meet the needs of another era,” the letter stated.