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Note – I have slightly revised this blog, “toning it down” so it will not be as hurtful to my many friends in the EFCI.
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I am researching the prevalence of Spiritual Formation and Emerging/ Emergent teachings in various Quaker/Friends colleges, universities and seminaries. I have been looking mostly for schools with EFCI connections. I stumbled across a list (at the bottom of this blog), which hopefully will help others sort out the various Quaker/Friends institutions.

The EFCI (Evangelical Friends Church International) has traditionally been the ONLY “orthodox”, born again, evangelical Quaker denomination. The other Quaker denominations – FGC, FUM, NEYM and PYM all label themselves as non-evangelical.

[Click here for a slightly different grouping of the different Quaker denominations. This info is provided by a non-evangelical Quaker website.]

Yet in these times, even EFCI schools are getting involved with Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings. In some cases  EFCI schools have actually been leaders in promulgating these teachings. For example, EFCI’s George Fox University and Seminary has pushed various teachings, including Richard Foster’s Spiritual Formation ala Celebration of Discipline.

Also, individuals and groups from many Friends denominations are increasingly fellowshipping under the banner of “Convergent Friends” – a term closely tied with Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings.

Note also that denominational distinctions are becoming less and less of an issue. Most Friends denominations are associating closely in ecumenical organizations such as the FWCC (Friends World Committee for Consultation).

To me personally, all of the above developments are very discouraging. I grew up in the EFC-ER/Ohio Yearly Meeting, which eventually became a part of the EFCI (Evangelical Friends Church International). The EFC-ER/Ohio Yearly Meeting was the most “doctrinally pure,” born again Yearly Meeting in the United States. Members of this yearly meeting were commonly known as “Holiness Friends” or “Gurneyite Friends.” I feel VERY strongly that the EFC-ER/Ohio Yearly Meeting should have remained “doctrinally pure.” It should have remained a separate entity, rather than joining the EFA (Evangelical Friends Alliance) in 1965. (The EFA was later renamed the EFCI.)

Now on to the list of Friends institutions, with their affiliations [I have bolded the affiliations]:

“Quaker Colleges and Schools in the United States”
Mar 03, 2010
(Excerpt from http://www.quakerinfo.org)

Colleges and Universities

Abbreviations:
• EFCI — Evangelical Friends Church International
• FGC — Friends General Conference
• FUM — Friends United Meeting
• NEYM — New England Yearly Meeting
• PYM — Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

a. Azusa Pacific University (APU) – Azusa, California. Officially non- denominational. The Friends Center is “the seminary experience of Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (which belongs to the EFCI) at C.P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.”

b. Barclay College – Havilland, Kansas. “Associated with Friends Church [which denomination?] although does not officially specify an affiliation.” Barclay is very much into Spiritual Formation; it even has a Center for Spiritual Renewal [Spiritual Formation].

c. Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Founded as a Quaker institution, now non-denominational.

d. Earlham College – Richmond, Indiana. Affiliated with Western Yearly Meeting of Friends United Meeting (FUM).

e. Friends University – Wichita, Kansas. Founded as a Quaker institution, now non-denominational with “an amicable but independent relationship with the Society of Friends” (EFCI). Spiritual Formation’s Richard Foster was a “professor of theology and writer-in-residence” here, from 1979 to ____ (1)

f. George Fox University (GFU) – Newburg, Oregon. Affiliated with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends (EFCI).

George Fox Evangelical Seminary – Newburg, Oregon. Affiliated with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends (EFCI).

GFU and GFES are very much into Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings. I am appalled to see such teachings in the EFCI, which in 1965 (as the EFA) was in my opinion a “fundamentalist evangelical” denomination. Today the EFCI is becoming more and more a “progressive evangelical” denomination.

By the way, all of the following heretics have all either attended or taught at GFU and/or GFES: Tony Campolo, Richard Foster (1), Dan Kimball, and Leonard Sweet.

g. Global College – Founded as Friends World College by New York Yearly Meeting (Friends General Conference), now part of Long Island University and not officially affiliated with Friends.

h. Guilford College – Greensboro, North Carolina. Founded as a Quaker college and continues to be governed by members of the Society of Friends [which denomination?].

i. Haverford College – Pennsylvania. Founded by members of the PYM [Philadephia Yearly Meeting]. Remains rooted in Friends tradition and grounded in Quaker practice [non-evangelical], but without formal affiliation.

j. Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST) – Houston, Texas. “Identifies with the Quaker movement,” grounded in Evangelical Friends theology and practice. [I think this school associates with the SWYM of the EFCI. But I doubt it is still fundamentalist evangelical. One of its teachers publically states she is a “Spiritual Director”, teaching Spiritual Formation. I’ll be researching this school.]

k. John Woolman College of Active Peace – Brattleboro, Vermont. Founded as a Quaker college and continues to be governed by members of the Society of Friends [which denomination?]. I would hardly call this a college – it seems to be more of an online forum.  Perhaps this was an actual institution in years past.

l. Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland was founded by a Quaker and most early trustees were Quaker although officially non-denominational.

m. Malone University – Canton, Ohio. Sponsored by Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region (EFC-ER) of the EFCI.

Malone University Graduate School – Theological Studies – Canton, Ohio. Sponsored by Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region (EFC-ER) of the EFCI.

Note – some professors from Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) also teach at Malone University Graduate School. ATS is very much into Spiritual Formation.  And, many graduates of Malone University go on to pursue their graduate degrees at the ATS campus.

n. Pacific Oaks College – Pasadena, California. Graduate school of education based around a children’s school founded by Quakers. Strong Friends influence although no formal affiliation.

o. Swarthmore College – Pennsylvania. Founded by Hicksite PYM, now independent.

p. Whittier College – California. Founded by Quakers, now independent with “an appreciation for Quaker values.”

q. William Penn University – Oskaloosa, Iowa. Founded by Quakers, no formal affiliation. “The university is firmly rooted in its Christian heritage with certain characteristics distinctive to Quakers, but welcomes faculty, staff and students from all faiths.” [I’m curious what they mean by “from all faiths” – do they mean “other world religions, and do they consider themselves an “interfaith” school?]

r. Wilmington College – Wilmington, Ohio. Founded by Quakers, associated with Wilmington Yearly Meeting (FUM).

Source: http://www.neighborhoodlink.com/Louisville_Friends_Meeting_Quaker/pages/387296

[I have added a number of notes to the original list.]

See also this lengthy list of schools:
http://www.enotes.com/topic/List_of_Friends_schools

ENDNOTES

(1) Click here for blog entitled “Spiritual Formation founder Richard Foster’s ties with EFCI (Evangelical Friends).”

Note – much of this info overlaps with a Wikipedia list. I am in the process of combining all this info regarding colleges and seminaries.

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NOTE – Regarding the list of schools below, I hope to do research on each school and “expand” the links. When you click on a link that has a note such as “I have revised this link”, you will be led to a separate page on this blogsite that has a number of articles documenting the school’s involvement with Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings.
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Tragically, it is becoming more and more difficult to find biblically sound Christian colleges and seminaries.  Most Christian schools we have come across are teaching about Spiritual Formation and the Emerging/Emergent Church movements. However, some schools are pushing these views more than others. Lighthouse Trails has provided a list of schools they are aware of, that we as born again Christians should avoid.

My reasons for providing this entire list are twofold:

1) Like Lighthouse Trails, I want to warn readers to avoid these schools.

2) I am personally familiar with about a dozen of these schools. I hope to do more research on these schools, providing the results here.

I have condensed this list slightly, removing some of the links such as the “alphabetical table of contents” and the “return to top” links. I am also adding some links as I locate them. The original list from Lighthouse Trails can be found at:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/Colleges.htm

Following is their recently updated list (revised by me):

Christian Colleges That Promote Contemplative
(i.e., Spiritual Formation)

Also see our database of articles on Christians colleges that promote contemplative.

Click here to see our list of colleges and seminaries that DO NOT promote contemplative. [I have revised this link – Dave Mosher]

Click a letter below to see listings. If you are looking for specific information about any of the listed colleges, visit our blog and type the school name into the blog search engine. Also go to the school’s site and type in particular terms such as spiritual formation, Nouwen, lectio divina, which will help you find the documentation you need.

Abilene Christian University [I have revised this link – Dave Mosher]

ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University
BC, Canada

Alberta Bible College [I’m looking for a better link – DM]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ambrose University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(information about contemplative classes)

American Christian College & Seminary
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
info@accs.edu
PMN 3373 Christian Spirituality: A Biblical and historical overview of the concept of Christian spirituality. Exposes the student to various disciplines such as journalling, meditation on Scripture, prayer, solitude, fasting and contemplative Bible study.

Anderson University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Anderson, IN
(Invited Sue Monk Kidd to a speaking event in March 2011)

Ashland Theological Seminary [I have added this link – DM]
Ashland, OH

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Professor Earl Creps
Doctor of Ministry Program Associate Professor of
Leadership and Spiritual Renewal

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Valley Forge Christian College Branch Campus
Phoenixville, PA

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE BRANCH CAMPUS
Lakeland, Florida

Azusa Pacific University
Haggard School of Theology
Azusa, CA
Example: Transitions in Ministry

Baptist Theological Seminary of Southern Africa

Barclay College
Haviland, Kansas

Baylor University
Waco, TX

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee

Bethel Seminary
San Diego, St. Paul, East Coast campus

Biblical Theological Seminary
Hatfield, PA

Biola University
(Institute of Spiritual Formation)
aka: Talbot School of Theology
ISF 532 Developmental Spirituality & Contemplative Prayer   

Briercrest Bible College
Saskatchewan, Canada

Bryan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Dayton, TN

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

Canadian Mennonite University
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
A Contemplative Approach to Youth Ministry 

Carey Institute 
Vancouver, BC

Cedarville University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Cedarville, OH

Christian Theological Seminary
Indianapolis, IN

Cincinnati Bible Seminary
Cincinnati, OH

Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian)
Decatur, GA

Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, MI
Spiritual Formation Department

Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas, TX

Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Harrisburg, VA

Emmanuel Bible College
(Text book list even includes Brian McLaren)
Kitchner, Ontario, CA

Emmanuel School of Religion
Johnson City, Tennessee

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA

Fuller Theological Seminary
Various Campuses Throughout US


George Fox University Seminary

Newberg, Oregon
See SFAD 556 Spirituality and the Writings of the Mystics – Included in the course is a small group practicum to assimilate contemplative practices into the student’s devotional life.
See adjunct professors.

Gordon College
Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
South Hamilton, MA
Spiritual Formation for Ministry Program
(various professors)

Grace Theological Seminary
Winona Lake, IN
(example)

Grand Canyon College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Phoenix, AZ
connected with Ken Blanchard and has a spiritual formation program

Greenville College
Greenville, IL

Hope College
Holland, MI
(see 2010 textbook list)

Hope International University (AKA: Pacific Christian College)
Spiritual Formation with Professor David Timms

Fullerton, CA

Houghton College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Houghton, NY

Indiana Wesleyan University
(mentoring program)
Division of Religion & Philosophy with
Youth Specialties

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship NW
Portland, OR

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
Bachelor of Science Degree with
Major in Youth Ministries

John Wesley College
Africa
Dean: Dr. Dion Forster

Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL

Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA

Luther Rice Seminary/University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Lithonia, GA
Spiritual Formation with Dallas Willard/Robert Webber

Malone University
Canton, OH
Dr. David M. Oliver [I added this link-DM]
J. Walter Malone: Has his dream for Evangelical Friends been lost? [I added this
link-DM]

Mars Hill Graduate School
Bothell, WA 98021
President Dan Allender [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
Fresno, CA
President, Lynn Jost

(Spiritual Formation)

Mid America Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Olathe, Kansas

Milligan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Milligan College, TN

Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Illinois

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mt. Vernon Chapel Schedule [I added this link]

Multnomah School of the Bible [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Francis Kimmitt

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
Lombard, IL

Northeastern Seminary
Rochester, NY
seminary@roberts.edu

Northpark University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
and Northpark Theological Seminary
(Evangelical Covenant Church)

Northwest Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Nyack College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Nyack, NY

Oklahoma Wesleyan University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Bartlesville, OK

Oral Roberts University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Tulsa, OK

Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach, Florida

Pepperdine University (Bible Lectures)
Malibu, California

Prairie College of the Bible
Alberta, Canada

Providence College and Seminary
Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada

Rockbridge Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Springfield, MO 65804

Rocky Mountain College
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Shorter College
Rome, Georgia

Simpson University
Redding, CA

Southeastern University
Lakeland, Fl

Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, Missouri

Spring Arbor University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]

Taylor University
Upland, IN
Youth Conference

Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN
Spiritual Formation Program

Trinity Western University
Langley, B.C. Canada
Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology

Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL

Tyndale University College & Seminary
Toronto, CANADA

Vanguard University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spiritual Formation Program

Western Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Portland, Sacramento, San Jose

Westmont College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Santa Barbara, CA

Wheaton College Graduate School [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spiritual Formation and Psychology

Whitworth University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Spokane, WA

William Carey Institute 
Vancouver, BC
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   Biola University
has gone off the deep end!
Biola not only hosted the Christian Spirituality & Soul Care Conference, which speakers included contemplative author David Benner, author of Sacred Companions, they have joined forces with Larry Crabb, Richard Foster and Dallas Willard as the Spiritual Formation Forum.


Colleges and Seminaries That Represent the Spiritual Formation Forum.
See the Board of Directors

Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Deerfield, IL

Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas, TX

Regent College
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Regent University (Course)
Virginia Beach, VA

Colorado Christian University
Morrison, CO

Saddleback Community Church
Maturity Team


Excerpt from
The Emerging Church:
Ancient Faith for a Post-Modern World

“Among the many authors to pay attention to are Vintage Faith pastor Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship; Drew University professor Leonard Sweet (Postmodern Pilgrims; A Is for Abductive); youth pastor Tony Jones (Postmodern Youth Ministry; Read, Think, Pray, Live); Robert E. Webber, author of The Younger Evangelicals and Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World; Spencer Burke, Sally Morgenthaler-the list is far too extensive to include all the recommended authors here. For the most thorough collection of postmodern resources that I know of, go to http://www.agts.edu, click on ‘Free Resources,’ and then click on the folder labeled ‘Emerging Culture/Emerging Church.’ That will give you access to a PDF file of 1,700-plus resources amassed by Assemblies of God professor Earl Creps, a man for whom many in the emerging church movement give thanks daily.”



Criswell College and the Emerging Church Movement?
 The Criswell Theological Review, a publication of Criswell College, devotes an entire issue to discussing the Emerging Church movement.
In the Spring 2006 edition of the Criswell Theological Review (a publication of Criswell College), articles written by Emerging Church authors and an interview with Brian McLaren leave one to wonder just what exactly CTR editor, Alan Street, had in mind when he put this issue of the newsletter together. Correctly recognizing Brian McLaren as a leading representative of the Emerging Church indicts the movement. One can only wonder at this point if Criswell College (named after Dr. W.A. Criswell – Rick Warren’s mentor), is heading towards Emergent.Related Information:
Colleges and Seminaries That Promote Contemplative Spirituality

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Tragically, it is becoming more and more difficult to find biblically sound Christian colleges. But they ARE out there. I have copied and pasted the following list from Lighthouse Trails Research. I’m assuming this list is incomplete. Also, I’m assuming there are some seminaries out there that are not promoting Contemplative/ Emerging and do not have a Spiritual Formation program.

I am adding links as I locate them. The original college list from Lighthouse Trails can be found at:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/collegesgood.htm

Here is the Lighthouse Trails list as of 4/20/11 (revised by me):leges That are Not Promoting Contemplative/Emerging and Do Not Have a Spiritual Formation Program

Click here for List of Contemplative Colleges [I have revised this link-Dave Mosher]


The schools below do NOT promote contemplative/emerging spirituality. In addition, they do not include “spiritual formation (i.e., contemplative) in their programs.

Disclaimer: These colleges are listed, not necessarily as an endorsement or recommendation, but rather to show schools that do not have Spiritual Formation programs, nor do we know of any promotion of contemplative prayer or the emerging church within each of these schools. They also do not promote Purpose Driven materials, which are a catalyst for contemplative spirituality. Before sending your student to any of the schools listed below, please check out other criteria at the school that will influence your student.

Ambassador Baptist College (North Carolina)

Appalachian Bible College (West Virginia)

Atlanta Baptist College (Georgia)

Baptist Bible College & Graduate School (Missouri)

Berean Bible Institute (Wisconsin)

Bob Jones University (South Carolina)[I have revised this link-DM]

Boston Baptist College (Massachusetts)

College of the Open Bible & Theological Seminary (Online)

Cornerstone Bible Institute (South Dakota)

Faith Baptist Bible College & Seminary (Iowa)

Heartland Baptist Bible College ( Oklahoma)

His Hill Bible School and Camp (Texas)

International Baptist College (Arizona)

Internet Bible Institute (online)

Liberty Baptist College (Georgia)
(see Atlanta B. C.)

Millar College (Sask, CA)

Pensacola Christian College (Florida)

Special Note: If your student is not yet aware of what the New Age movement (such as contemplative, emerging, etc.) really is, you should ask them to read For Many Shall Come in My Name. The book is a compelling overview of the New Age movement. This book will prepare young people and adults alike to recognize dangerous and non-biblical practices and beliefs that are being introduced into countless Christian schools.


If you know of a Bible-believing Christian college or seminary that does not promote contemplative or emerging and does not have a Spiritual Formation program, please drop us an email and tell us the name of the institution. We would like to post some of these on our research site.

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