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
Eden Seminary is one of six theological schools of the United Church of Christ that includes Andover Newton Theological School, Chicago Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, Lancaster Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
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