SFTS expands international academic partnerships

2014 Phillipines

Dumaguete City, Philippines – In April of 2014, San Francisco Theological Seminary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Silliman University Divinity School. This agreement facilitates 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 Philippines.

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.