Learning Options

Studying from a Distance

Study in local residence in the Bay Area is not the only alternative available for studies with the Center. The Center has cross-registration arrangements with a state-of-the-art distance learning program at Earlham School of Religion and also develops working relationships for cross-registration with other seminaries and schools as needed. If you want to study from a distance with the Center please contact us to talk about your options.

A number of adjunct practical theology teachers also support students preparing for vocational ministry paths.  Faculty support for the twin objectives of cultural studies and practical vocational studies is both discrete and interactive.  Many of our vocational students are in schools and programs elsewhere in the world and are supported via our distance learning program with occasional local intensive courses.  At the same time, the scholarship support for M.A. and Ph.D. happens locally with GTU students.

If you choose to study for a Masters Degree and the Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies, you have several choices.  The Graduate Theological Union has 8 member seminaries which offer a variety of degrees.  The GTU itself offers both MA and PhD programs.  The Pacific School of Religion, a multi-denominational Protestant seminary founded in 1866, is a previous affiliation partner with an accredited MA and other programs that has graduated many Swedenborgian students.  Please contact us to discuss our current distance options.

Local Learning Options

Central to Christian theological understanding is the belief that spiritual growth occurs fundamentally in and through relationships. With the integration of our Center within an a consortium of seminaries and institutions, opportunities for community are endless. if you chose to study in the Bay Area, your community will include Swedenborgians, seminarians from other campuses and faith traditions, students and scholars from around the world.

Pacific School of Religion

Pacific School of Religion

Located in a residential neighborhood, the Center is currently housed on the ground of the Pacific School of Religion and across the street from the Graduate Theological Union.  It’s just a few blocks away from five of the other nine seminaries in the GTU, as well as the University of California.  Ethnic restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and other unique nooks and crannies abound.  Just across the Bay lies San Francisco, with its assortment of cultural edifices and events, diverse communities, and stunning landscapes.  The greater Bay Area includes the attractions of Marin County, the wine country, Monterey Bay, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, San Jose and the Silicon Valley.

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