Episcopal Divinity School and Bloy House Announce New Partnership

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On May 7 the faculty and Board of Trustees of Bloy House and the Episcopal Divinity School announced the finalization of an agreement for a joint Master’s of Divinity program that will allow Bloy House students to complete two-thirds of their education on the Bloy House/ETSC campus and the last third of their education through the distributive learning program of Episcopal Divinity School.

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Both schools share a deep commitment to forming Episcopal leaders who understand and cherish the baptismal identity of Christian persons as the primary touchstone for all ministry development...

On May 7 the faculty and Board of Trustees of Bloy House and the Episcopal Divinity School announced the finalization of an agreement for a joint Master’s of Divinity program that will allow Bloy House students to complete two-thirds of their education on the Bloy House/ETSC campus and the last third of their education through the distributive learning program of Episcopal Divinity School.

This will allow Bloy House Master’s of Divinity students who choose this academic option to receive their degrees from an accredited Episcopal seminary through online course work and summer and weekend intensives on the campus of EDS in Cambridge, Massachusetts, thereby making it easier for those continuing in employment to finish their degree program.

Strong ties between the two institutions helped facilitate the development of this new relationship. The Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook served as academic dean at EDS before coming to Bloy House and Claremont School of Theology in 2009. The Rev. Dr. Harvey Guthrie is a member of the Bloy House Board of Trustees and a beloved former dean of EDS as well.

In addition to these ties, a significant alignment of values and core beliefs has made the relationship possible. Both schools share a deep commitment to forming Episcopal leaders who understand and cherish the baptismal identity of Christian persons as the primary touchstone for all ministry development, and both share a deep conviction that living out the Baptismal Covenant requires and invites Episcopalians to participate actively in the work of bringing peace and justice to the world. The two schools also share an unwavering energy for reimagining theological education for the 21st century.

The first student in this new program is expected to continue theological studies begun at Bloy House at Episcopal Divinity School, enrolling in course work during the upcoming June term.

Bloy House is the primary seminary for the Diocese of Los Angeles, also drawing students from the Diocese of San Diego.

Episcopal Divinity School is a respected center of study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders with a strong commitment to justice, compassion, and reconciliation. EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (founded in 1857) and the Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor of ministry and master’s degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on an eight-acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Yard, EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of nine eminent theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion.

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