PSR and CDSP to explore the possibility of further integration

May 24, 2010

For more than a century, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) have enjoyed a close working relationship, for much of this time in partnership with other member schools of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). In recent years this relationship has deepened, with several shared programs, including a shared Doctor of Ministry program. A year ago the two seminaries, along with the GTU, moved toward fuller integration of their administrative services.

The executive committees of the CDSP and PSR boards have agreed to explore together the possibility of further integration of their respective academic programs and operations and to invite other members of the GTU community to join them in imagining new structural relationships for preparing persons for lay and ordained ministry and serving their partner denominations and faith communities. The two schools begin this conversation with an appreciation of the heritage and core mission of our respective schools and of our shared commitment to the Graduate Theological Union.

Our schools are convinced that this is an exciting time for theological education that calls for bold steps. As our schools prepare to welcome new executive leadership, we look forward to exploring the possibility of walking together into a shared ecumenical future.