Lifelong Learning

The lifelong learning departments of member Boston Theological Institute schools foster spiritual and intellectual engagement through educational initiatives.  We expand access to the resources of our institutions to anyone interested in growing in faith and understanding.  We create learning communities to provide rich encounters with traditions that advance justice, compassion, and peace.  Members of the BTI Lifelong Learning group support the educational mission of the institutions by sharing resources and ideas, and by creative problem solving. Many of the BTI member schools offer credit and noncredit programs – live, online, and hybrid – for anyone who wants to study theology. 

Andover-Newton Theological Seminary 

ANTS offers many opportunities through their Sabbath Hour adult education program, including online courses, lectures, and workshops.  ANTS also offers auditing and a Minister in the Vicinity program. 

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry 

BC STM offers a number of continuing education programs, lectures, and events that are free and open to the public. The online Crossroads program offers courses, certificate programs, and other resources. Members of the public are invited to audit courses or apply to one of several certificate programs.  

Boston University School of Theology 

Programs at BU’s School of Theology include a Pastor Scholar program, which allows area clergy to take classes while earning continuing education credits. A Sabbatical Leave program allows area clergy to study at BU STh during leave. Many of BU’s programs are free, open to the public, and require no previous registration or experience.  

Episcopal Divinity School

Most EDS courses, both traditional and simulcast, are available for anyone to take, regardless of whether you have previous theological education. EDS Lifelong Learning engages individuals and communities in collaborative learning, with the goal of strengthening skills for dismantling oppression and healing the world.  

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 

GCTS offers distance learning through their online degree program and certificate programsAuditing is available for non-degree candidates. GCTS also offers a number of lectures and podcasts, free to the public, through their channel on iTunes U.  

Harvard Divinity School 

Harvard Divinity School’s programs include the Special Students program, which allows non-degree students to take classes for credit, and the Ministers in the Vicinity program, which is open to clergy, chaplains, and ministers of all faiths. HDS also invites members of the public to audit courses.   

Hebrew College 

Hebrew College offers auditing, as well as a variety of learning and discussion groups for adults of all ages. The Eser program is an informal discussion group for young adults in their 20s and 30s, and the Meah program offers intensive adult learning on Jewish texts, history, and culture. HC’s Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program includes discussion groups for parents from all backgrounds, including interfaith and LGBT couples.  

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

HCHC offers a Diaconate Program for those who wish to serve the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as deacons. 

Saint John’s Seminary 

Through its lay arm, the Theological Institute, SJS offers a Catechetical certificate program.  


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