February 3, 2020


MTSO offers Unitarian Universalist courses to Earlham School of Religion students

Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Earlham School of Religion are pleased to announce a new partnership providing ESR Master of Divinity students the opportunity to complete Unitarian Universalist coursework at MTSO.

This unique program provides ESR’s UU students the benefit of coursework in UU history, polity and worship offered by MTSO’s Unitarian Universalist House of Studies, which is the only entity specializing in educating UU students who are attending non-UU schools.

Established in 2016, MTSO’s UU House of Studies serves degree-seeking students and provides hybrid and intensive classes for UU students attending other seminaries. It offers all of the UU-specific coursework required for ministerial fellowship in formats that are academically rigorous, logistically accessible and personally hospitable. With a progressive approach to issues of social justice, race, gender, sexuality and ecotheology, MTSO presents a perfect seminary setting for preparation to serve within the Unitarian Universalist Association.

“This is a great opportunity for ESR students,” said ESR Dean Matt Hisrich. “We could not be more pleased to enter into partnership with MTSO and their Unitarian Universalist House of Studies. Both institutions will benefit as ESR students have access – and bring their unique experiences – to MTSO’s courses.”

Added Susan Ritchie, director of the UU House of Studies at MTSO, “We’re excited to work with ESR in providing its Unitarian Universalist students with the most robust possible connection to UU institutions, culture, intellectual heritage and collegial networks in the context of interfaith education. We want our ministers educated in religiously diverse communities for what is bound to be a religiously diverse future, but with no sacrifice to the depth with which they experience, embody and proclaim UU identity.”

To learn more about course schedules and availability, contact Susan Ritchie at sritchie@mtso.edu or 614-309-5168.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, practical theology, social justice and theological studies, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, communications director
drussell@mtso.edu, 740-362-3322