Boston-area seminary, a major training center for Unitarian Universalist clergy, announces plans for Yale Divinity School partnership.
Yale Divinity School (above) will begin a partnership with Andover Newton Theological School. (Alex Guerrero, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Andover Newton Theological School, the Boston-area seminary that announced plans in November 2015 to sell its campus and end its residential programs, has agreed to partner with Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, the two graduate schools announced today.
Andover Newton will continue its programs at its Newton, Massachusetts, campus for one more academic year in 2016–2017, and will offer courses at another Boston-area location the following year. At the same time, some Andover Newton faculty will begin offering courses at Yale Divinity School. If the ongoing negotiations between the two schools are successful, “we envision an ‘Andover Newton at Yale’ model that would result in a smaller Andover Newton functioning as a unit within Yale Divinity School,” said President Martin Copenhaver.
Yale News reported that the “Andover Newton at Yale” model would employ six Andover Newton staff and faculty. Both schools said the arrangement would help make full tuition scholarships available to all students with demonstrated need by 2022.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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