Our goal is to help you answer that call. At Seminary of the Southwest we consider the Church to be a community of friends. Indeed, in The Gospel of John, Jesus reminds us of the centrality of this friendship:
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:12-14)
At SSW we honor above all this call to friendship – friendship with God the Father through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. In and through our primary friendship with God, we pursue friendship with each other as well.
It’s Your Call
We are devoted to forming Christian leaders for ministry in the great variety of communities both within the Church and society. We are committed to the notion that all Christians have a vocation, a call from God into an identity and purpose uniquely one’s own.
How do we form Christians for their various vocations? First, through a common life grounded in our shared devotion to God and expressed especially through our worship. We grow as Christian leaders through a marriage of learning and practice, with challenging placements and practica, and critical reflection upon ministry as a constant throughout the curriculum.
How do we develop our understanding of the God who calls us to be friends? As Christians reflecting our Episcopal ethos, our exploration into God engages the study of scripture and the historic creeds (Apostles’ and Nicene). We heartily embrace God’s invitation to be one with the “communion of saints”, the call to unity and friendship with all Christians in all times and all places.
Our curriculum at Seminary of the Southwest not only immerses students in scripture and tradition, it incorporates the best insights and methodologies of the modern and post-modern world. Our professors and instructors are scholars and they are leaders – mature Christians who themselves provide wholesome examples to study and emulate.
Friendship demands the constant practice of hospitality, the safety of a home in which we are assured we will be heard. Since we are so diverse a community, with students from every part of the country as well as abroad, we harbor an equal variety of opinions. Committed to our “conversation covenant,” we all aspire to listen as well as speak, to show kindness and humility, and to acknowledge that we might, not infrequently, be wrong.
Our environment is ideal for this enterprise. Austin is a major center for learning, home to numerous universities, colleges, and graduate schools including the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, with which we collaborate closely, The University of Texas and our sister seminary, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Austin, like SSW, is vibrant, alive and welcoming!
We Welcome You
Can you see yourself at Seminary of the Southwest? If you desire a community well grounded in the tradition that extends Christian hospitality to all, a community in which faith and practice join to form mature Christian leaders, then Southwest is the school for you!