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.

Michael E. Haynes Center for Black Christian Leadership

A new center celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes through supporting and training black leadership in liturgy, outreach, theology, and advocacy.

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

PANEL DISCUSSIONS HOSTED BY OUR FACULTY

Select livestreams from our Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics
and Hamilton Campus Dean’s Forums, featuring our faculty and expert panelists. 

Who is Our Neighbor

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Reflects on how we can be the body—diverse yet with full equity and genuine inclusion.

Black History & White Empathy...

Addresses racial reconciliation from a biblical and pastoral perspective.

"Perfect Love Casts Our All Fear"...

Focuses on the Church’s role of selfless courage and neighborly love in pandemics.

Updates

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

MDiv Student Akinyemi Lapinni Appointed to Executive Council of International Nonprofit

MDiv Student Akinyemi Lapinni Appointed to Executive Council of International Nonprofit

Attentiveness: New England

Attentiveness: New England

Attentiveness: Conwell and CUME

Attentiveness: Conwell and CUME

Attentiveness: TEE and CUME

Attentiveness: TEE and CUME

The Scholar and Skeptic: Quonekuia Day, Instructor in Old Testament, and Alumni Serve as Courageous Conversation Panelists

The Scholar and Skeptic: Quonekuia Day, Instructor in Old Testament, and Alumni Serve as Courageous Conversation Panelists

Dr. Yao Analyzes the Growth of the Chinese Church for Christianity Today

Dr. Yao Analyzes the Growth of the Chinese Church for Christianity Today

Alumni Dr. Paul Hoffman and Dr. Matthew Kim Co-Author Preaching to a Divided Nation

Alumni Dr. Paul Hoffman and Dr. Matthew Kim Co-Author Preaching to a Divided Nation

President Sunquist’s New Book Examines Global Christianity as a Historical Movement

President Sunquist’s New Book Examines Global Christianity as a Historical Movement

Attentiveness: Evil

Attentiveness: Evil

Gordon-Conwell Grieves the Loss of Pastor Dr. Roberto Miranda, Senior Pastor of Congregación León de Judá

Gordon-Conwell Grieves the Loss of Pastor Dr. Roberto Miranda, Senior Pastor of Congregación León de Judá

The Impact of Black History on Calling and Formation: Student Reflections

The Impact of Black History on Calling and Formation: Student Reflections

Announcing the Michael E. Haynes Center for Black Christian Leadership

Announcing the Michael E. Haynes Center for Black Christian Leadership

Dr. Alvin Padilla Returns to Gordon-Conwell as Dean of the Latino and Global Ministries Program

Dr. Alvin Padilla Returns to Gordon-Conwell as Dean of the Latino and Global Ministries Program

Christianity Today Awards Books By Professor Matthew Kim and Several Alumni

Christianity Today Awards Books By Professor Matthew Kim and Several Alumni

Student George Blamoh Presents at the United Nations

Student George Blamoh Presents at the United Nations

A Chinese Brother Wants to See the Vastness of the World With Us

A Chinese Brother Wants to See the Vastness of the World With Us

Beyond Tribalism: Six Principles from 2 Chronicles 30

Beyond Tribalism: Six Principles from 2 Chronicles 30

Chair of the Board Claude Alexander Publishes Book on Addressing Racial Divisions from a Theological Perspective

Chair of the Board Claude Alexander Publishes Book on Addressing Racial Divisions from a Theological Perspective

Religion Data Roundup

Religion Data Roundup

Jashil Choi and Yonggi Cho

Jashil Choi and Yonggi Cho

We are all “Others”

We are all “Others”

Teología en Conjunto: An Alternative to Christian Celebrity

Teología en Conjunto: An Alternative to Christian Celebrity

Dr. Yao’s New Book Explores the History and Influence of Hunan Bible Institute

Dr. Yao’s New Book Explores the History and Influence of Hunan Bible Institute

Dismantling the Ethnic Foods Aisle in Christianity

Dismantling the Ethnic Foods Aisle in Christianity

The Celebration of Rosh HaShanah

The Celebration of Rosh HaShanah

Courageous Conversations Features Ms. Quonekuia Day and Gordon-Conwell Alumni

Courageous Conversations Features Ms. Quonekuia Day and Gordon-Conwell Alumni

Gordon-Conwell Awarded Grant for Continued Work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gordon-Conwell Awarded Grant for Continued Work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity Assess Access to the Gospel in Mongolia

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity Assess Access to the Gospel in Mongolia

Faculty Article: The Chinese Church in Transition

Faculty Article: The Chinese Church in Transition

Rajan S. Mathews named the 13th president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

Rajan S. Mathews named the 13th president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

Gordon-Conwell Student and Alumna Among Pastors Featured in Christianity Today Livestream

Gordon-Conwell Student and Alumna Among Pastors Featured in Christianity Today Livestream

Redemption and Justice

Redemption and Justice

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

Attentiveness: Racial Violence and the Prince of Peace

Attentiveness: Racial Violence and the Prince of Peace

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

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

Attentiveness: Steps Toward Culture Change

Attentiveness: Steps Toward Culture Change

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, Equity & Inclusion

Theology of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

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