Mission, Core Values, and Open Welcoming and Affirming Statement
Andover Newton Seminary remains committed to our ongoing Mission and Core Values:
Deeply rooted in Christian faith, and radically open to what God is doing now, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School educates inspiring leaders for faith communities.
Called here through faith, we will work unceasingly to have the impact of our discipleship be the defining mark of our school. Our common life and work at Andover Newton will be measured by our witness, our trustworthiness and our transparency. We will hold ourselves and all our partners to high standards of integrity and excellence. (1 Kings 9:4-5; Psalm 15; John 8:31; Rom 5:4; Eph 4:1)
Andover Newton has a courageous pioneering spirit that has distinguished our school for two centuries. Honoring that tradition of innovation and believing in its necessity, we will seek to create an atmosphere of learning and academic freedom so that the newness of the Spirit can be experienced by all who come here. (Ezekiel 11:19; Isaiah 43:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
We will strive to be known for our faith-filled joy. Each day in the life of our school will be a celebration of God’s presence and our gratitude for all we have received. We will be distinguished by the delight we take in our mission and in one another. (Psalm 32:11; Luke 15:3-7; Rom 15:13; 1 Thess 5.16)
We are committed to being an open and accessible community for all who come here to study or be nourished in ministry. We will seek to eliminate barriers of prejudice and ignorance, orient ourselves to welcoming the stranger, and treat everyone with dignity and respect. We are committed to preparing a new generation of transformational leaders who can take the world into their hearts, build understanding, and be agents of reconciliation. (Gen 18:1-7; Rom 5:2; Rom 12:13; Hebrews 13:2)
We know that all we have is not ours but God’s. We will strive to be good stewards of the sacred traditions we have inherited. We recognize that this pledge also commits us to stewardship of the physical, financial, human, and natural resources that are in our care. And, recognizing our interdependence with all creation, we are committed to the long term sustainability of these resources. We will work to build a heritage of trustworthiness in our actions within this school community, and with the world and all creatures in it. (1 Cor. 4:2; Matthew 25:21)
Both within our school and in all our relations with the world, Andover Newton will seek to practice biblically centered justice and compassion. We will do this individually and communally, providing the best means for ordering our relationships in ways that are consistent with our faith. We will advocate for justice and stand in solidarity with all who are oppressed or marginalized. (Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 25:34-46)
Open, Welcoming, and Affirming Statement:
We declare ourselves to be an Open, Welcoming and Affirming seminary, welcoming into the full academic, business and community life of our school persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, and faith tradition. We are committed to modeling Christian faith that works toward openness and understanding, offering justice, healing, and wholeness for all people. We believe that through our embrace of diversity and meaningful engagement of the other we can all grow in our self-understanding as children of God. From this place, we believe we will be better able to practice our faith and fulfill our mission to empower church leaders as transformative witnesses of God’s abundant grace and love for a broken world.