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Meadville Lombard Theological School

Meadville Lombard Theological School has a history that demonstrates creativity and innovation, and it is grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology. Since its founding in 1844, Meadville Lombard has charted a visionary path that builds upon the diverse strands of faith traditions and commitments to social justice that continues to shape who we are.

Our UU identity creates a welcoming environment for students from all religious and spiritual traditions. We honor and draw on the wisdom of the many philosophical, ethical, scientific, and religious traditions that are also concerned with love, justice, and peace, preparing our students to be uniquely situated as leaders in interfaith work.

In addition, Meadville Lombard's MDiv program uniquely prepares students for the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our three-year full-time MDiv program provides built-in support and guidance through the ministerial credentialing process.

Our concern with social justice isn’t treated as an add-on—it is integrated into our entire curriculum. At Meadville Lombard, we believe that to be an effective minister one must understand interlocking oppressions and have concrete skills in working for justice in complex ways. Based on our understanding that justice-making and spiritual growth are bound together, our curriculum emphasizes leadership in communities engaged in social movements and prepares students to be effective and accountable leaders in our multicultural, global world.

We offer three degree programs: 

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
  • Master of Arts in Religion (academic degree)

Meadville Lombard’s Contextual Learning model utilizes a low-residency curriculum featuring multidisciplinary Signature Courses, mentored internships and supervised site placements, and structured support from faculty and other students.

Students come to our Chicago campus three times a year for Ingathering and Intensives, creating opportunities for heart-to-heart, soul-to-soul in-person interactions with faculty and other students. Lessons are enriched through learning with dedicated student cohorts, as well as co-curricular activities that allow students to contribute their diverse experience and wisdom to the worship and governance life of the school.

Officers: Elías Ortega, President; Pamela Lightsey, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs; Cindi Redman, Vice President of Finance and Administration; Anya Sammler-Michael and Parisa Parsa, Board of Trustees Co-Chair.

Core Faculty: Dr. Mark A. Hicks, Dr. Michael S. Hogue, Rev. Dr. Nicole C. Kirk, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Dr. Elías Ortega; Affiliated Faculty: Rev. Joshua Pawelek, Rev. Tandi Rogers, Rev. William Sinkford, Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube, Rev. Julie Taylor, Dr. Sharon Welch