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.
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.
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…).
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.
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.
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.
An academic research center monitoring worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, including outreach and mission.
Explores the increase in xenophobia and racial stereotyping during the pandemic and how the church can and should respond.
Wrestles with America’s original sin, racism, from biblical and pastoral perspectives.
Addresses racial reconciliation from a biblical and pastoral perspective.
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.
Highlighting diversity, hospitality, and culture at Gordon-Conwell.
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