Why McCormick

03-27-2018

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McCormick mourns the passing of Rev. Eunice Poethig who returned to God on May 25, 2018. She graduated in the class of 1975 and is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard “Dick” Poethig, a former faculty member.

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For 190 years, we have been a progressive leader within the Reformed tradition committed to fostering a community of Christian leadership that serve diverse ministries and congregations in a challenging and complex world. Through academic excellence, critical reflection, and transforming witness, McCormick Theological Seminary uniquely equips excellent Church leaders for faithful, inclusive, and liberating ministries in God’s world. 

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We are a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are grounded in the theological thought and church life of the Reformed tradition.

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McCormick is one of eleven theological institutions associated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Located within the bounds of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, the theological education offered here is firmly rooted in the Reformed Tradition. Part of the Reformed Tradition is an ecumenical commitment and openness to dialogue with other perspectives within the larger Christian Tradition.

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Key information for trustees and board members of McCormick Theological Seminary
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McCormick Theological Seminary depends on the diversity, experience, and commitment of its Board of Trustees.

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The Board of Trustees is dynamic and actively engaged in the life of the Seminary. It meets three times each year to conduct Seminary business.

Trustees are pastors and lay church leaders, financial advisors, lawyers, and business owners, educators and authors from across the country. Collectively, they shape the identity and trajectory of the Seminary as it seeks to prepare women and men for Christian ministry that is cross-cultural, urban, Reformed and ecumenical. All share a passion for the educational mission to which Jesus Christ has called the McCormick community. 

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For almost 190 years, McCormick Theological Seminary has been a progressive educational leader within the Reformed tradition. Learn more about our rich and storied history as a noted center of theological education
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For almost 190 years, McCormick Theological Seminary has enjoyed a rich and storied history as a noted center of theological education.

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Hanover, Indiana

Like many pioneers, McCormick Theological Seminary was born in a log cabin. With a handful of students and a faculty of two, McCormick held an inaugural celebration on June 29, 1829. The Seminary was originally established in Indiana, and remained there until the beginning of the Civil War when it relocated to Chicago, Illinois.

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Our curriculum, worship, and institutional life are all informed by our four key values: Cross-cultural, Urban, Reformed, and Ecumenical. Learn more more about our values.
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Our curriculum, worship, and institutional life are all informed by our four key values: Cross-cultural, Urban, Reformed, and Ecumenical.

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Cross-Cultural

McCormick is committed to the formation and equipping of Christian leaders who value cultural and racial/ethnic diversity and demonstrate competence in the cross-cultural practices essential for ministry in a church and society that are becoming more diverse and varied with each passing day.

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Our vision statement: We are a community of learning and teaching, challenged by the Holy Spirit and grounded in God's transforming love for the world in Jesus Christ.
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Mission Statement:

  • We are a community of learning and teaching, challenged by the Holy Spirit and grounded in God's transforming love for the world in Jesus Christ.
  • We are called to nurture the gifts of women and men for faithful Christian ministry and leadership through rigorous academic study, practical experience and spiritual formation.
  • A seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1829 and a progressive leader within the Reformed tradition, we are committed to institutional life, scholarship and ministry that are ecumenical, urban and c