2016-17 Collaboration Grant Recipients

Five grants of $1000 and one grant of $500 were awarded:

“Thinking About Theological Education Through Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age,” Kyle Roberts (United), Amy Marga (Luther), Ken Reynhour (Bethel)

“Building Community and Connection with Affiliated Faculty,” Carla M. Dahl (Luther)

“Minnesota Seminarians for Social Justice,” Margaret D Andersen Peterson (Luther), Kelley Jepsen (Luther), Guillermo C. Hansen (Luther), Amy Marga (Luther), Steve Newsom (United)

“Lutheran and Reformed Perspectives on the Reformation,” Paul E. Capetz (United), Lois Malcolm (Luther)

“Bible Study for Atheists and Agnostics,”  J.Samuel Subramanian (United), David E. Frederickson (Luther)

“Annual Collaboration Retreat for Student Support Departments Personnel,” Beth Clark (Bethel), Andrew Shold (Bethel)

Collaboration Grant Guidelines

The Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools is offering collaboration grants of up to $1000.00 for use during the 2016-2017 academic year. Funding is available for at least five grants.

The intent of these grants is to encourage collaboration among consortium seminaries’ faculties, students, and staffs. Collaboration proposals must involve faculty, students, and/or staff beyond your own institution and include participants from at least two consortium seminaries. New initiatives and proposals involving broader collaboration will be given priority. Collaboration might focus on research, the classroom, joint projects, or even collegiality in getting to know one another and your work.


Submit a grant proposal with the following information by May 2, 2016:

  • Name and contact information for a primary contact person
  • Collaboration proposal title and description including goals and process
  • Anticipated participants (from at least two seminaries)
  • Amount of grant requested (up to $1000.00)
  • Implementation timeline and budget


  • Grant proposals are due by May 2, 2016 in the consortium office. They may be mailed or emailed to the address on this letterhead.
  • The MNCTS executive committee (the president or academic dean of each seminary) will select grant recipients in their May meeting.
  • Funds will be available after July 1, 2016 for use in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Recipients will be expected to submit a report to the consortium following the implementation of their grant.

Cross-Registration for Seminary Students

Students enrolled in a degree program at one of the member schools are eligible to take courses at one of the other seminaries at the same tuition rate and with automatic credit transfer to the student’s school. Students are registered on a space-available basis, with priority going to students of the school at which the course is scheduled. Students registering under the consortium agreement pay tuition through the student’s home school. Residential courses scheduled in the fall-summer terms are available under this program, subject to policy of the offering school. Online courses are excluded. Students can use the Universal Registration Form 062014 to register for courses at another seminary in the Consortium.

The following links will take you to course information at each of the seminaries.

Bethel Seminary

Luther Seminary

Saint John’s School of Theology + Seminary

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Minnesota Theological Library Association (MTLA)

The five theological libraries of the consortium seminaries comprise the Minnesota Theological Library Association (MTLA). The libraries hold about 775,000 volumes representing about 350,000 unique titles. These holdings constitute the most significant resource in religious studies between Chicago and the West Coast. In addition, each of the MTLA libraries provides many other electronic resources, both online and on site, tailored to their constituencies. Contact the libraries for information. View the MTLA site for information and links to each of the libraries.

Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education (RJCTE)

Welcome to the Racial Justice Collaborative in Theological Education. We are a group of teachers and learners who come together under the auspices of the MN Consortium of Theological Schools to work on issues of racial justice in communities of faith, and more specifically, to work on preparing pastoral leaders to do this work. Our first project is to develop a public bibliography of resources. Find more information at the Racial Justice Collaborative blog.

Science & Theology Network

The Science and Theology Network promotes teaching and learning that bring together religious wisdom and scientific knowledge for the challenges of our culture today, with a special focus on the communities of the upper Midwest. View the Science and Theology Network site.