About

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A word of welcome to McCormick Theological Seminary from our President, Frank M. Yamada
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 Interim President David Crawford

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) 

Welcome to McCormick Theological Seminary! On this site you will find the many ways in which we strive to embody Paul’s exhortation to the church in Corinth to be the body of Christ. 

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Elizabeth K. Ware has written a book about McCormick that may be obtained from the Office of Seminary Relations and Development.
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Today, the Lincoln Park area of Chicago is an affluent stretch of neighborhoods, parks, beaches, two museums, and a nationally know zoo. It is also home to one campus of DePaul University. Few know, however, that Lincoln Park began when this area of prairie and truck farms became the first campus of McCormick Theological Seminary. Read more about it in Elizabeth K. Ware's 1999 book.

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In 1999, author Elizabeth K. Ware wrote a companion book to an exhibition entitled, "Within the Wrought Iron Fence: The Hidden Heritage of McCormick Theological Seminary." The exhibition was mounted in the Richardson Library of DePaul University from January to March of that year. Ware's book traces McCormick's history from its beginnings in the Lincoln Park area on the north side of Chicago, to a time just prior to the building of McCormick's current Hyde Park campus.

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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