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At SFTS, we are creating a new kind of seminary for the 21st century. We produce religious leaders who are equipped to foster common action and uncommon community among people and groups that do not know each other, do not understand each other and do not agree with each other. At SFTS we educate religious leaders who are capable of creating more compassion in the world—through their personal example and thoughtful, wise engagement in their workplaces and communities.

San Francisco Theological Seminary has been around for nearly 150 years, but we are looking to the future, listening for God’s voice, and seeking to serve a world that longs for justice, healing and peace. That’s why we focus on teaching compassion. Won’t you join us?

Ashley Pogue Headshot cropped“SFTS, with all of the knowledge—the biblical knowledge, the theological, the spiritual—will all come together and provide that intentional foundation that I’ll use when I leave here. Not necessarily to become a pastor, but to create community that is unique and brings about change.” —Ashley P., MDiv

We are actively seeking new ways for the Christian church to play a vital role in the fabric of society—a role in which the love of God, our neighbors and ourselves is central to the practice of active compassion in the community. This revitalization requires innovative programs, and a renewed commitment to spirituality and social justice.

As an ecumenical Christian graduate school, we offer a rigorous education, focused on critical theological reflection that equips graduates from all walks of life to meet the urgent needs of our times through both time-honored and innovative ministries. Our distinguished faculty guide students through the resources of our Christian faith and focus the educational experience on the challenge of deepening the world’s capacity for compassion.

Founded in 1871 and rooted in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), SFTS values dialogue and engagement with other religions and faith traditions. Our grounding in the Reformed tradition fosters faith-filled engagement in public life and service to others.

“When I came here, [SFTS] helped me question my tradition, it helped me question what was normal—and then it helped me reconstruct it. So, it challenged me in many ways. I figured out that I have to ask very important questions, to be able to answer questions when I leave seminary because there are a lot of challenges in the world. So it challenged me, and it changed me.” —Asefa W., MDiv