Why Eden?

Why Study at Eden?

Distinguishing Features:

  • 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
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