Why Eden?

What Sets Us Apart

You have a lot of options on where to go to school. Here’s what we think sets Eden apart.

  1. Strong Biblical faculty
  2. Committed to global ecumenical theology and worldwide movement
  3. Curriculum designed to prepare individuals for effective congregational leadership
  4. Cultural Immersion Program enables students to experience the global church through international travel
  5. Mentoring and support program provided after graduation
  6. Open and affirming community
  7. Students, faculty, and institution are deeply involved in the church
Learn in a hands-on 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
  • Participate in hands-on learning from enrollment to graduation
  • Excellent theological library resources, databases, and university library
Be a part of a diverse and lively community
  • Enjoy 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, and dining
  • Stay healthy and active as you enjoy 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, and more
  • Benefit from access to indoor pool & fitness centers at neighboring facilities

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Build lifelong 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 updated facilities
  • Learn in smart classrooms that facilitate a multimedia curriculum
  • Live in housing renovated for single students and families that includes high-speed internet, cable television, and phone
  • Enjoy an attractive campus designed to enhance a sense of community
  • Gain access to nearby Webster University facilities
Keep your debt burden low
  • Stay in low-cost housing
  • 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.
  • We are a school of the church dedicated to strengthening and support its life and mission.
  • We are an ecumenical seminary of the United Church of Christ.
  • We are committed to social justice, mission, and peace.
  • We are an intellectual resource to the greater community and church.
  • We are serving the wider church through faculty, students, and staff involvement in national settings.
  • We are educating a new generation of leaders for the church.