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Andover Newton Seminary

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
409 Prospect St
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
(203) 432-5360
Email address
School Information
"For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church. Its theological commitment to educating toward transformative involvement in society, rather than setting the church apart from society, has led Andover Newton to take bold stances in the past against slavery, in favor of women’s ordination, toward full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ candidates for ministry, and in the interest of promoting interfaith understanding" (Source: In 1807, Andover Theological Seminary was founded. In 2017, Andover Newton moved to Yale Divinity School and in 2018, Yale Divinity School faculty offered concurrent degrees that permitted Master of Divinity candidates to earn Andover Newton degrees. There are 11 faculty members in Andover Newton Seminary. Yale Divinity School offers 3 graduate programs and Andover Newtons plan to graduate 20-25 per year by 2022.
General Information
In light of recent national events, Andover Newton hosted a 2020 VisionFest where a plan for moving forward with anti-racist ministry on campus. The school also requires all students to take a seminar related to social justice and the curriculum infuses concepts of DE. Andover Newton is considering ways to incorporate diversity into the core curriculum. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Andover Newton's diploma program requires students to undergo "Border-Crossing Immersion" which is a "cross-cultural, social-justice oriented travel seminar to El Salvador, India, or Kenya."
Program and Research Funding
  • Andover Newton funds the Thomas F. Freeman Scholarship which is a $250,000 fund that "can be awarded annually with a preference for a student experiencing a call to leadership in historically Black congregations."
  • In April 2021, JaQuan Beachem was appointed as the director of community spiritual life. Beachem's academic pursuits are "justice-oriented" and involve "the intersections of the arts, critical race/queer theory, liberation theologies, and pastoral care as tools to curate space for belonging, nuance, healing, and (re)imagination."
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to "the Covid-19 pandemic, anti-Black racism in American, and deepening poverty," Andover Newton held the 2020 VisionFest where leadership gathered and decided that it is a priority for Andover Newton to "intentionally address anti-Black racism in and around it and educate for anti-racist ministry and ministerial leadership."
  • As part of Andover Newton's 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, the school plans to "break down barriers to inclusion."
  • The school recently hosted the 2021 Orlando and Rose Costas Lecture which "uncovers the unexplored interpreting and translation matters in the Amistad Case and their intersection with issues of oppression, race, colonialism and internalized oppression."
  • In response to the death of Daunte Wright, Andover Newton stated, "As Andover Newton strives to eradicate systemic racism in our community life, curriculum, governance, and other structures, we weep at the suffering of our siblings and despair that change hasn’t yet come."
  • Responding to George Floyd's death in a TrusteeTuesday reflection, the school published an article that stated, "Floyd’s murder has enabled people to see what previously they had not. Millions are open to learning about systemic racism and white privilege as never before. The NYT bestselling list is a who’s who on anti-racism and white bias." Other TrusteeTuesday articles discuss white supremacy, racism, equity, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • In 2019, Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker visited Andover Newton Seminary and engaged the UU Theology class with "conversations around defining liberal and/or progressive theology - how it supports liberation in many ways but also how it can often live alongside classism, racism, and inequality."
  • Andover Newton's Daily Lenten Devotional of 2021 includes a statement saying, "We must have justice, equity, and compassion in human relations."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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