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Why Come to Eden


Experience the many things Eden has to offer

• Strong Biblical faculty

• Committed to global ecumenical theology

• Connected to the world-wide ecumenical movement

• Curriculum designed to prepare individuals for effective congregational leadership

• Excellent theological library resources, databases and university library

• Cultural Immersion Program enables students to experience the global church through international travel

• Mentoring and support program provided after graduation

• Open and affirming community

• Students, faculty and institution are deeply involved in the church

Learn and grow in a fully integrated contextual education program

• Serve and learn through placements in social justice agencies, non-profits, health care settings and more

• Choose from urban, suburban and rural opportunities

• Experience year-long internships in the US and abroad

• Receive clinical pastoral education basic units and residencies

• Gain hands-on experience from matriculation to graduation

Join a lively and diverse community

• Experience Eden’s intimate size

• Live on a campus that is home to both students and faculty

• Live and study with students from around the world and from a variety of denominational backgrounds

• Share community lunch four times a week, along with potlucks and other social events

• Enjoy a safe and stimulating urban environment provided by St. Louis culture, sports, arts, dining

Stay healthy enjoying a wide variety of outdoor experiences such as biking on the statewide rail-to-trail system, hiking and/or outdoor camping in state and county parks, canoeing on the many rivers in the area.  Students also have access to indoor pool & fitness centers at neighboring facilities.

• Build lasting relationships

• Focus on spiritual and vocational formation

• Receive support in connecting with denominations and judicatories

• Make vocational choices with guidance and support from faculty

• Pray and worship in a variety of Seminary and student-initiated settings

• Experience chapel worship three times a week

Celebrate weekly communion

• Opportunities to meet with spiritual directors

Benefit from current technology and updated facilities

• Learn in "smart" classrooms that integrate Internet and multimedia presentations

• Live in housing renovated for single students and families

• Connect to the world via high-speed Internet access

• Enjoy an attractive campus designed to enhance a sense of community

• Gain access to nearby Webster University facilities

Study at a Seminary committed to affordable education

• Stay in low-cost housing that includes Internet, local phone service and cable TV

• Receive support from a generous scholarship program

• Benefit from Eden’s commitment to maintaining competitive tuition rates

Become part of a rich heritage that began in 1850. Eden is:

• A school of the church dedicated to strengthening and support its life and mission

• An ecumenical seminary of the United Church of Christ

• Committed to social justice, mission and peace

• An intellectual resource to the greater community and church

• Serving the wider church through faculty, students and staff involvement in national settings

• Educating a new generation of leaders for the church