Be a Positive Force of Change in the World!

At San Francisco Theological Seminary, you will receive an education in ministerial studies to make a lasting impact and shape our world for the better. Our seminary degrees, diploma and certificate programs all prepare you for your next step in ministry, social justice work, or a career in counseling. Whether you are interested in earning a Masters of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, or a diploma in theology, our innovative programs can be tailored to match your areas of interest and fit your vocational calling.


Click to sign up for our SFTS Lenten Devotion conversation. Each morning, you will receive a Lenten Devotion written by members of the SFTS community — faculty, students, staff, trustees and alumni. Our intention is to offer sustaining practices and prayer for these days of activism, distress, empowerment, and struggle.  During the season of Lent, we travel liturgically with Christ through the whole of life, to the cross, and beyond into resurrection.  Accordingly, Lent offers us the metaphors of wilderness wandering and a journey that is not easy. With all that in mind, we hope in this Lenten devotional series to offer help and support and practices for living our life of faith in the world with perseverance.

View all Lenten Devotions that have been published to date, here.


Healing Spiritual Wounds: An Evening with Carol Howard Merritt

Join author, speaker, and minister Rev. Carol Howard Merritt for an evening discussing her latest book, Healing Spiritual Wounds. Merritt responds to the conflicting image of the church as a safe space and dangerous place, and provides a way to remain a part of the church and renew personal faith even when the institution falls short on its mission.

SFTS Statement on the Refugee Ban

San Francisco Theological Seminary opposes the Trump administration’s executive order of January 27, targeting refugees and particularly singling out refugees from certain predominantly Muslim countries.

From CHIMES: Ordination of a Renegade Priest: 'I am ready!'

As a devout Catholic schoolgirl in the 1950s, [SFTS 2002 D.Div] Judy Dahl was certain that she had been called to become a priest. Last weekend, however, Dahl’s dream was fulfilled when she stood at the front of the Cape George Colony clubhouse and, in a solemn and ancient ceremony, was ordained a priest by nearly 200 friends, neighbors and fellow Catholics.

Center Nominated for Excellence in Innovation Award

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS has been nominated by Rev. Janie Spahr for the “Excellence in Innovation” award at the upcoming 24th annual Heart of Marin awards, hosted by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin.

Standing for Justice at Standing Rock

We are honored and proud to stand with Rev. Bentley Stewart (SFTS M.Div. 2015), as he goes to serve as chaplain to the veterans who are gathering this week to stand with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.


SFTS Inquirers Weekend
We invite you to be our guest and visit our campus April 20-22, 2017 for Inquirers Weekend! Click to learn more

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San Francisco Theological Seminary is proud to be a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley. SFTS students have access to over 10 million volumes between the GTU and UC Berkeley library system, as well as thousands of interfaith classes in the eight member schools and UC Berkeley.

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Moved by God’s love in Jesus Christ, San Francisco Theological Seminary
prepares women and men for transformational ministries of
justice, peace and healing,
which advance the church’s hopeful, loving engagement with the world.

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