Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary approaches issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a biblically informed, Christian manner. We are driven in the ongoing work of our culture and life together by the vision of Revelation 7 where all cultures are united in a loving community of worship of Jesus Christ and where tears—caused by oppression, injustice, loss, disease, violence and anger—are wiped away. Thus, in our community life, we are guided by this heavenly hope.

Our Christian approach is also the approach of a graduate school. Therefore, we use the tools of social sciences, psychology, cultures studies, sociology, and other academic disciplines which may be helpful. All truth is God’s truth. However, these are tools for analysis that are under the authority and language of the Bible. Therefore, our Christian discourse talks about confession, repentance, forgiveness, lament, truth, reconciliation, and love. In fact, love is our purpose, our means, and our end (I Peter 1:22).

What follows are resources we recommend to guide us in our Christian pilgrimage to that beloved community: a community that the Church is purposed to be and that the world needs to see. These resources may be of special importance in our day, at this particular time and for specific reasons, but they are also of critical importance for all of us until Jesus calls us home.

Our History

19 th Century Evangelicalism

From the genesis of both Gordon and Conwell schools, issues of diversity of cultures and race and class have been central. The commitments of both founders were to the city, urban issues, mission (both local and global), and bringing diverse people together in Christian worship in the local church.

A brief history of A.J. Gordon

A brief history of Russell Conwell

Note: Our school’s history does not end with — nor should it be summarized solely by — its two namesakes. Expect additional voices and lenses through which to view our shared history (Coming Soon…).

Diversity-Focused Educational Opportunities

Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME)

Located in the city and existing for global cities, CUME’s programs focus on urban ministry and are contextualized for our diverse student body ministering to richly diverse communities across Boston, the United States, and the world.

Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE)

Sharing with the global Church the powerful testimony, rich heritage, and dynamic distinctives of the collective Black Christian Experience across (and beyond) the many denominations of the Black Church.

Latino & Global Ministries (LGM)

A cohort-based education journey, uniting a small group of students, taking the same classes together, for the whole degree experience. Currently available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Center for the Study of Global Christianity

An academic research center monitoring worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, including outreach and mission.

Diversity Resources

Our partner, CCCU, has curated the following resources by topic that are guiding our own leadership and community.

Christian Faith & the Work of Diversity

Allyship & Advocacy

Anti-Racism Education

Inclusive Teaching & Learning Strategies

Leadership & Governance

Recruiting, Hiring, and Supporting a Diverse Faculty & Staff

Student Support Practices

Supporting Diversity Office Effectiveness

Fear, Facts, & Faith

Select Livestreams from our own Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square.

Who is Our Neighbor

Explores the increase in xenophobia and racial stereotyping during the pandemic and how the church can and should respond.

Race in America

Wrestles with America’s original sin, racism, from biblical and pastoral perspectives.

Black History & White Empathy...

Addresses racial reconciliation from a biblical and pastoral perspective.

Vaccines, Safe Living, & “Loving Thy Neighbor”

Discusses the proper role of the church in allaying people’s fears and its long tradition of selfless courage in the face of pestilence and plague.

Updates

Highlighting diversity, hospitality, and culture at Gordon-Conwell.

New Release in Korean by Dr. Cho: Life Enfolded in God’s Grace

New Release in Korean by Dr. Cho: Life Enfolded in God’s Grace

Attentiveness: Multicultural World

Attentiveness: Multicultural World

Dr. Nicole Martin Writes on Black History and the Bible

Dr. Nicole Martin Writes on Black History and the Bible

Diversity Focused Initiatives

Diversity Focused Initiatives

Eating Our Way to Mutual Understanding

Eating Our Way to Mutual Understanding

Singing Our Way to a Better Future

Singing Our Way to a Better Future

Dr. Emmett G. Price III Helps Highlight Boston’s Historic Black Churches

Dr. Emmett G. Price III Helps Highlight Boston’s Historic Black Churches

Ms. Quonekuia Day Contributes to a Christianity Today Article on the Black Church

Ms. Quonekuia Day Contributes to a Christianity Today Article on the Black Church

Chapel Message: Pro-Neighbor

Chapel Message: Pro-Neighbor

Attentiveness: Both/And

Attentiveness: Both/And

$1 Million Grant Awarded to the Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME)

$1 Million Grant Awarded to the Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME)

Attentiveness: Remembering and MLK

Attentiveness: Remembering and MLK

Attentiveness: Attentiveness in Three Directions

Attentiveness: Attentiveness in Three Directions

Attentiveness: Epiphany and Infamy Part I

Attentiveness: Epiphany and Infamy Part I

A Tale of Three Cities: Christian-Muslim Relations Across the Centuries

A Tale of Three Cities: Christian-Muslim Relations Across the Centuries

Gordon-Conwell Alumni Receive Christianity Today Book Awards

Gordon-Conwell Alumni Receive Christianity Today Book Awards

Student Jane Chun Receives Pastoral Study Project Grant from Louisville Institute

Student Jane Chun Receives Pastoral Study Project Grant from Louisville Institute

Attentiveness: Life’s Rhythms and Race

Attentiveness: Life’s Rhythms and Race

Center for the Study of Global Christianity Cited For Its Research on Charismatic Christians

Center for the Study of Global Christianity Cited For Its Research on Charismatic Christians

The Year We Stopped Being Humans

The Year We Stopped Being Humans

GCTS: Race, Class and Ethnicity

GCTS: Race, Class and Ethnicity

Attentiveness: Racism and Evangelism

Attentiveness: Racism and Evangelism

Attentiveness: Seminary 2.0 – Cultural Imperialism, Part 4

Attentiveness: Seminary 2.0 – Cultural Imperialism, Part 4

Theology of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Theology of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity

Black Lives Matter: Taking Our Cue from The Global Church

Black Lives Matter: Taking Our Cue from The Global Church

Finding Our Voice: A Vision for Asian North American Preaching by Matthew D. Kim

Finding Our Voice: A Vision for Asian North American Preaching by Matthew D. Kim

Attentiveness: Context and Strategy, Part 3

Attentiveness: Context and Strategy, Part 3

#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

Attentiveness: Racism and Trinity Sunday

Attentiveness: Racism and Trinity Sunday

Pastoral Letter in Light of the Murder of George Floyd

Pastoral Letter in Light of the Murder of George Floyd

Xenophobia and Global Christianity

Xenophobia and Global Christianity

Attentiveness: George Floyd

Attentiveness: George Floyd

Attentiveness: #IRunWithAhmaud

Attentiveness: #IRunWithAhmaud

Racism & Hatred: Gordon-Conwell Grieves with the Heart of God

Racism & Hatred: Gordon-Conwell Grieves with the Heart of God

Racism & Hatred

Racism & Hatred

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