Paused: UU Theological School Consolidation

Starr King and Meadville-Lombard, the two uniquely Unitarian Universalist theological schools, are taking a break from consolidation/merger discussions that also included the UUA.  Several in depth documents are available, here is a current memo on the negotiations.  One of the ideas included establishing a center in Boston, with an emphasis on lay leadership development.  Interesting.  Other UU Bloggers weigh in: Unity, UUA Board April ’06 Report, more>?

From UUA-L this weekend:

Over the past eighteen months, representatives from Starr King School
for the Ministry, Meadville Lombard Theological School, and the UUA have discussed ways to nurture and enhance Unitarian Universalist theological education, specifically the possibility of merger or consolidation of the schools. The vision crafted during these conversations is a compelling one, and all parties are committed to this vitally important work. Starr King, however, does not believe that it is in its best interest at this time to enter into a formal process of negotiations aimed at merger or consolidation. Although the negotiations for merger or consolidation will not move forward at this time, all three parties remain open to the possibility of future partnership and collaboration.

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2 responses to “Paused: UU Theological School Consolidation

  1. Wow, doesn’t make sense to me–seems like going from 2 to 3 sites is an expansion; thus not cost effective. Color me “confused” but, I thought we were aiming at consolidation and reduction of . . . ..

    Cheerfully, Roger Kuhrt

  2. Sometimes letting a hundred flowers bloom is a good choice as long as it’s not followed by a cultural revolution where all the Profs made to wear dunce caps, clean the toilets, etc…

    …although at the time I carried a red flag and thought that too was a good idea.

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