Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Taste of Seminary

The Common Ground Project is committed to fostering, building
and strengthening the next generation of Native American, African
American, Latin@ and Asian American church leaders for communities.



Taste of Seminary is an ecumenical (multi-denominational) event for young adults of color who are interested in exploring their sense of call to ministry among peers and church leaders. At Taste of Seminary, you will have the opportunity to:

 JOIN a select group of Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latin@ Christian young adults (ages 20-35) from across the country.

EXPLORE ministry alongside other young adults and church leaders from a diversity of races and ethnicities, geographic locations and denominations.

LEARN about Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology and Ministry from scholars of color who will give you a tailor-made taste of seminary.

GROW in your faith! Engage in the difficult faith questions that arise in a seminary context alongside peers and church leaders.



Taste of Seminary is a week-long discernment event designed to give participants a "taste" of what seminary is like, as well as opportunities for exploration in ministry. We do this through:

• Worship. We begin each morning with worship that will prepare hearts for the new challenges and discussions of the day.

• Daily course sessions. You will learn from scholars of color from a variety of theological institutions and denominational backgrounds who are not only passionate about their work, but also about investing in the next generation of leaders and scholars of color in the church.

• Site visits. You will have an opportunity to visit different places where theologically trained persons are serving in ministry at both church and non-church sites to learn about how God has called them to this work and the theological framework through which they serve. On Sunday, we will attend an English-Spanish worship service at Humboldt Park UMC and talk with Rev. Ramon Nieves. On Monday, we'll visit Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow at the Asian American Institute of Chicago to learn about her own call journey and work to organize pastors and leaders in the pan-Asian Chicago community. On Wednesday, we will visit Rev. Zachary Mills at Hyde Park Union Church to

• Small group discussions. You will meet in small groups at the end of each day to process and discuss your experiences for the day. Our small group leaders are current or recent seminary graduates who come from a variety of backgrounds.

• Tour Chicago. Toward the end of the week, we will take an afternoon to play tourist in Chicago, taking in the sights, sounds and, of course, deep-dish pizza.

You may see this year's schedule below (subject to revision!). This seminar is guaranteed to be transformative for participants and leadership alike! This seminar is not a recruitment event for McCormick Seminary. It is an opportunity for you to think about how and where God might be calling you to ministry.



Applications are available for download at the bottom of this page. Apply by May 1 ($60) to be considered. To learn more or get on our mailing list, contact us at or call Emily McGinley at 773 947 6319. All costs for housing, food and program will be covered by The Common Ground Project. We encourage participants to pay for half of their travel expenses. If this is problematic, you may apply for financial assistance. A travel scholarship application can be downloaded below.