The Saskatoon Theological Union
The Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) is an association of three theological education colleges on the University of Saskatchewan campus, formed to facilitate a cooperative and ecumenical approach to the task of theological education. While remaining distinct and separate institutions, the three member colleges share their resources in significant ways.
The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad
(Anglican Church of Canada)
St. Andrew’s College
(United Church of Canada)
Lutheran Theological Seminary
(Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada)
About the Union
The Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) is an association of three theological colleges located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, formed to facilitate a cooperative and ecumenical approach to the task of theological education.
The STU is just the latest stage in a long tradition of cooperation among the three colleges. This tradition cannot be traced in detail here, but several significant developments should be noted. In 1969 the three institutions pooled their resources to found the Graduate School of Theology (later known as the Graduate Studies Council at Saskatoon), whose aim was to provide a program of post-graduate theological studies leading to the degree Master of Sacred Theology (STM). In 1981 a computerized union catalogue was introduced, providing for the first time a regularly updated listing of the holdings of the three libraries. In the academic year 1985-86, the decision was taken to issue a common calendar under the name Saskatoon Theological Union. In 1997 the Boards of the three schools voted to explore closer working relationships. In 2000 the boards of all three schools voted to approve the following vision statement: “the Saskatoon Theological Union will be a partnership of three seminaries of the Anglican, Lutheran and United Churches of Canada located in a common facility in which men and women are prepared for effective ministry in an ecumenical context through a shared curriculum, faculty and resources. This will be a place where vibrant and co-operative communities – communities of scholarship, of spiritual discernment and struggle, of friendship – continue to grow and evolve, and to engage critically with the issues important to church and society.”
The present STU framework allows for the course offerings of all three colleges to be available to students enrolled in any of the member institutions. Attempts are made to coordinate course offerings in each of the areas of study, and in some instances courses are jointly offered by professors from more than one college.
The functioning of the STU is maintained by means of regular meetings of the faculty members of the three colleges, supplemented by meetings of more specialized groups – the heads of colleges, the registrars, the subject-area “sections” (Biblical Studies; Church History and Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Ethics and Church and Society; Pastoral Theology), and other ad hoc committees. The Graduate Studies Program (formerly the Graduate Theological Union) is supervised by the Director, in conjunction with the Graduate Studies Council (comprised of the faculty members of the three colleges).
The STU also maintains a close relationship with the University of Saskatchewan with which all three schools are affiliated. Professors from each of the three colleges regularly teach in the University’s Department of Religious Studies.
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