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Farminary

Certificate in Theology, Ecology, and Faith Formation

In conjunction with the Farminary, the Seminary offers a graduate certificate program that allows master's students to focus their academic work on issues pertaining to theology, sustainability, faith formation, ecology, and justice.



The setting changes the relationship between faculty and students. The kind of conversations we have on the farm are just different. Students have lots of questions—both practical and vocational. They want to know how what we are reading will relate to what they'll be doing out in the world.

—Jacqueline Lapsley, Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament


This certificate prepares students for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits by a) lifting up agrarian and ecological perspectives within the Christian theological tradition, b) exploring the interconnectedness of critical contemporary concerns such as sustainability, food justice, racial justice, climate change, and ecology, and c) cultivating holistic and innovative approaches to theological education and formation. The requirements for the certificate involve earning 12 credits from approved courses and a one-credit practicum, EF/RS4230 Practicum in Theology, Ecology, and Faith Formation (topics to rotate). Students must take at least one three-credit course at the Farminary. One course (or a maximum of three credits) could be taken at Princeton University in order to fulfill the certificate requirements, subject to the approval of the coordinator and the associate dean for academic administration.

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    President Barnes talks with Old Testament Professor Jacqueline Lapsley about her experiences teaching scripture and working alongside her students at the Farminary.

    Educating faithful Christian leaders.

    Author, Speaker, Ordained Minister

    Danielle Shroyer, Class of 1999

    “To be in a community where I got to hear so many different perspectives—that was profound for me. I’m grateful for the curiosity, for the practice of learning that was cultivated for me at Seminary.”