|SFTS Signs Historic Agreement with Silliman University Divinity School
Dumaguete City, Philippines
- Late yesterday afternoon, San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Silliman University Divinity School.
This agreement will facilitate the promotion of common areas of interest
between the two educational institutions, including faculty and student
exchanges, the sharing of resources, and research collaboration.
SFTS President Rev. Dr. James McDonald and Silliman President Dr.
Ben S. Malayang III formalized this new relationship with the signing of the
MoU on the Silliman campus.
“Today we are beginning a new partnership between two historic
institutions with deep roots in the Presbyterian church,” said McDonald. “This
is an incredible opportunity for both the Silliman and SFTS communities. The
cross-cultural exchange facilitated by this agreement today will provide
students from both settings with even broader opportunities to grow and serve
in God’s world.”
Silliman University Divinity School offers a variety of programs,
including a revised Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
program; two-year M.Div. thesis tracks with majors in Biblical Studies,
Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, and Spiritual Care; and a
Master of Arts in Peace Studies.
The morning before the MoU signing, members of the SFTS and PC(USA)
delegation met with Silliman University Divinity School faculty, during which
time the university gave a brief overview of its history, mission, goals, and
academic programs. In recent years, Silliman designed and implemented a
Continuing Calamity Response Program, which is now serving the communities
affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan last November. The typhoon was the strongest
ever recorded and wreaked massive devastation across the central islands of the
Joining McDonald at Silliman are Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, SFTS Dean
of the Seminary and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Adlai Amor, member of
the SFTS Board of Trustees and Communications Director at Bread for the World;
and SFTS alumnus and former PC(USA) moderator Rev. Dr. Bruce Reyes-Chow.
Located in San Anselmo, San Francisco Theological Seminary is a
Christian graduate school grounded in the Presbyterian tradition that equips
future leaders of the church to be a force for justice in the world.