Earlham School of Religion


Earlham School of Religion offers a Quaker-rooted seminary education with online and in-person options, located in Richmond, Indiana. “Rooted in the Christian Quaker tradition of contemplation that inspires action, Earlham School of Religion prepares theologically diverse students for a pluralistic world. Our curriculum unites spiritual formation, academic study, social engagement, and vital ministry.”

Earlham School of Religion (ESR) has been named to the 2020 class of Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW) by the Center for Faith and Service based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill. Each year STCTW “seeks to identify and promote seminaries and divinity schools that are demonstrating a commitment to service and justice through their curriculum, scholarships, internships, and student‐life experiences.”

A new emphasis in Unitarian Universalist ministry is now available as part of ESR’s master of divinity degree program, made possible through a partnership with the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO). ESR has long been a home to Unitarian Universalist students who resonate with the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

In support of Quaker students from California, ESR is offering tuition and lodging assistance beginning in fall 2020. This support is thanks to a gift from Audrey Lasson, who passed away last summer and included ESR as part of a planned gift.

Recent spring events featured opportunities to learn from ESR alumni and faculty. The Spirituality Gathering on March 7 was led by ESR alum Summer Cushman, with a theme of “The Spiritual Practice of Remembering.” The Willson Lectures took place on April 4, and featured keynote speaker ESR professor Grace Ji‐Sun Kim on “Reimagining Spirit.”