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New Social Justice Degree Program

Phillips Theological Seminary has opened enrollment for a new degree program:  Master of Arts (Social Justice). The degree program will provide students an opportunity to reflect on social justice as a central concern of contemporary Christian theologies. Prospective students include, but are not limited to: persons who want to prepare for or continue to work within church and non-profit organizations that address justice issues in society; and persons who seek to enhance their local church education and to discover direction for a renewed sense of service and outreach to larger communities.

“I am delighted that the faculty developed this new program,” said seminary President, Gary Peluso-Verdend. “This new MA program embodies a core commitment of the seminary.”

This 38-hour degree program will be offered in on campus and online formats, as are other master’s degrees at Phillips.

Upon completing the program, graduates will be able to act as responsible biblical interpreters critically informed by attention to the theme of justice in both testaments and in current historical, literary and theological scholarship in the field of biblical studies;  attend to the continuing importance of interpreting events, texts and practices of church history and contemporary cross cultural studies through the lenses of oppression, liberation, and reconciliation; and articulate perspectives on issues and topics in the area of public theology and ethics, informed by methods such as feminist/womanist, liberationist, process, and post-colonial models attentive to the theme of justice.

Lisa Wilson Davison, PhD and Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, remarked, “Given Phillips’ commitment to justice, this new master’s degree program is one more way that the seminary continues to live out its mission of ‘acting with God to transform the world.’ With its focus on Social Justice, this degree is perfect for those who are looking for a theological grounding of their own commitments to working for a world where all of creation experiences the fullness of equality.”

Apply today.


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