Theological education in the manner of Friends begins with hospitality. Welcome to the ESR website! As a Christian seminary in the Quaker tradition, we place high emphasis upon the value of listening for and discerning God’s call into ministry, grounded in distinctives such as integrity, equality, and peace. As an educational institution, we intend to be a community of learning where critical thinking and spiritual searching easily intertwine, leading us to a deeper understanding of God and each other, and a greater commitment to transformative ministry.


ESR is honored to be included in the 2015 class of Seminaries that Change the World. Twenty-six institutions are included in this year's class, announced by The Center for Faith and Service, including neighboring partner Bethany Theological Seminary. This is the second consecutive year that ESR has been included. 

Join us for the 2015 Willson Lectures as we explore "Finding The Spirit of God in The Spirit of The World" with keynote speaker Diana Butler Bass.