Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
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Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, California, is a seminary affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and California Lutheran University, and is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union.
|Affiliation||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|9 regular, 2 adjunct, 5 emeriti|
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary was founded in 1950 and held its first classes in 1952 as a seminary of the United Lutheran Church in America, later the Lutheran Church in America and American Lutheran Church and currently the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As one of seven seminaries training ministers and educators for the ELCA, PLTS was preceded by a school called the Pacific Lutheran Seminary, which was located first in Portland, Oregon, and then in Seattle, Washington, from 1910 to 1934.
The mission of PLTS is to equip people to put their faith into action as the church and culture face dramatic change; because people who follow their purpose can transform a community, and the world.
PLTS provides theological education for the training of clergy and lay leaders through ordination, non-ordination, and research level degrees and certificates. Learning at PLTS is an immersion experience with a diversity of people and our engaging campus location in Downtown Berkeley provides a plethora of opportunities for engagement with the church and world. The seminary relocated from its hilltop campus to 2000 Center Street in 2017.
PLTS has 9 faculty members, 2 adjunct faculty members, and 5 emeriti faculty members. The seminary offers the following degrees and certificates: Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Certificate of Theological Studies, and Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies. In collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union, PLTS offers two degrees: Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy or Theology. The seminary serves all of the ELCA and has specific ties to Regions 1 and 2 and the eleven synods of the western U.S. PLTS was founded to meet the missional needs of the Lutheran Church in the western United States. PLTS was a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union.
PLTS partners with eleven ELCA synods and with the national units of the ELCA, and several foundations. Together they have worked to develop the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries program.
On April 24, 2009, the Board of Directors of PLTS voted unanimously to seek a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) designation from Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA), the first seminary in the ELCA to do so. Shortly thereafter, LC/NA added a new "Seminaries" category to its list of RIC organizations and made PLTS the first member of that category.