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Eden Theological Seminary - Life changing!

by Karen Yang
(St. Louis)

I attended Eden for a dual-degree social work and divinity program, receiving a Master of Social Work at a partnering institution.

At the height of the Ferguson uprising, I studied at Eden under professors who helped me make sense of the racial dynamics in US America and to be formed as a theologian in the crucible of activism. Liberation, queer, postcolonial, feminist, and womanist theologies helped me to make meaning of all that I was experience, while professors ushered me into race-critical thinking.

They exposed my growing edges and the ways that I still have unresolved questions-- I still have much work to do around learning about care for those who are differently-abled and about how I understand Christology and soteriology.

And surprise, surprise! Despite my reluctance to work in the church, now I work as a Minister of Family Programming for a Metropolitan Community Church. I cannot say enough good things about this institution!

They could stand to improve the following:
-access for those with different abilities (especially physical)
-greater financial assistance, especially to address food insecurity, access to mental health care, and health insurance
-more focus on spiritual disciplines and personal devotion
-a more global perspective, including hyphenated identities (e.g. Asian American)

Their strengths include:
-progressive, systemic and structural thinking, advocacy, and activism
-a close-knit community where you can get to know other colleagues, staff, professors on a personal level
-constructive, contextual theology
-ecumenical collaboration for liturgy design

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