Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship

Selma T. and Harry V. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship

With a mission to educate faithful and creative leaders for the ministries of the world, ITC provides a theological home for all students. The Harry V. and Selma T. Richardson Ecumenical Fellowship is the program for students who are not affiliated with one of the five denominational seminaries. The name honors ITC’s founding president and his wife, whose idea of an ecumenical, historically black seminary manifested in the creation of ITC. The Fellowship’s mission seeks to create a community that values their faith and invites person to practice and experience liberating and transformative theological education.

Dr. Harry V. Richardson

Selma T. Richardson

With a motto of One Body, Many Members, this diverse ecumenical community has historically been comprised of students from a variety of church affiliations. Over the years student faith beliefs included African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Disciples of Christ, Roman Catholic, United Church of Christ, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, Islamic and Episcopalian. Students participate fully in the life of the ecumenical campus.

We strive to be authentic in our discipleship and relevant in our work by embracing and celebrating our own ethnic origins, theological perspectives, denominations, political viewpoints, age, and personal stories of faith. Our commitment to transforming the world in the name of Jesus Christ begins with our deep commitment to serious theological exploration and spiritual growth, and extends outward to a commitment to strengthen the church and its witness and work in the world. Our faculty is made up of great educators who are passionate about engaging students.

Positive role models guide our students on critical journeys, challenging and stretching them so they depart as leaders called by God equipped to apply their gifts in endless directions. Each member of the ITC faculty, staff and administration are committed to these students and this unique seminary structure that delivers the following:

  • Teaching that embraces critical and creative dialogue with the traditions of both church and university.
  • An approach to curriculum and to teaching that seeks to enhance and integrate the intellectual personal, professional, and spiritual growth of students, with various religions and denominational affiliations.
  • Interaction of theoretical and practical learning in the classroom, in the church and in other public settings.
  • Prepared leaders equipped to participate in ministries of justice and reconciliation.
  • A community of faith and learning inclusive of women and men who are diverse in ethnic, economic, social, national religions and denominational backgrounds.

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