Posts Tagged ‘Seminaries’
Protected: EFCI Watchlist: Individuals promoting Spiritual Formation, Emerging/Emergent teachings, and Quaker ecumenism (Convergent Friends)
Posted in Colleges, Convergent Friends, Dan Kimball, EFCI, Emergent Church, Emerging Church, Evangelical Friends Church, False Teachers in the EFCI, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, George Fox University, Leonard Sweet, Malone College, Malone University, Northwest Yearly Meeting, Richard Foster, Richard Foster, Seminaries, tagged Brian McLaren, Colleges, Convergent Friends, Dan Kimball, Emergent Church, Emerging Church, Evangelical Friends Church, Protestant/Catholic Spiritual Formation, Richard Foster, Seminaries on April 24, 2011|
Quaker/Friends colleges and seminaries becoming increasingly Emerging/Emergent – and promoting Convergent Friends
Posted in Colleges, Convergent Friends, Education, EFCI, Evangelical Friends Church, False Teachers in the EFCI, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, George Fox University, Malone University, Northwest Yearly Meeting, Seminaries, tagged Children's Spiritual Formation, Colleges, Convergent Friends, Education, EFCI, Emergent Church, Emerging Church, Evangelical Friends Church, Richard Foster, Seminaries, Spiritual Formation, Universities on April 23, 2011| 5 Comments »
Note – I have slightly revised this blog, “toning it down” so it will not be as hurtful to my many friends in the EFCI.
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
• 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.
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.
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).
[I have added a number of notes to the original list.]
See also this lengthy list of schools:
(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.
A repost: Colleges that ARE promoting Contemplative/ Emerging/Emergent teachings and DO have a Spiritual Formation program
Posted in Apostasy, Colleges, Contemplative Spirituality, Education, Emergent Church, Emerging Church, Emerging/Emergent Church, Lighthouse Trails, Seminaries, Spiritual Formation, Uncategorized, tagged Apostasy, Colleges, Contemplative Spirituality, Education, Emergent Church, Emerging Church, False Teachings, Lighthouse Trails, Seminaries, Spiritual Formation on April 20, 2011| 2 Comments »
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.
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:
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
Alberta Bible College [I’m looking for a better link – DM]
American Christian College & Seminary
Anderson University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Ashland Theological Seminary [I have added this link – DM]
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Azusa Pacific University
Baptist Theological Seminary of Southern Africa
Biblical Theological Seminary
Briercrest Bible College
Bryan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Canadian Mennonite University
Cedarville University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Christian Theological Seminary
Cincinnati Bible Seminary
Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian)
Colorado Christian University
Dallas Theological Seminary
Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Emmanuel School of Religion
Fresno Pacific University
Fuller Theological Seminary
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Grand Canyon College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Hope International University (AKA: Pacific Christian College)
Houghton College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship NW
John Brown University
John Wesley College
Lincoln Christian University
Luther Rice Seminary/University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Mars Hill Graduate School
Mid America Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Milligan College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Moody Bible Institute
Multnomah School of the Bible [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
Northwest Nazarene University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Nyack College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Oklahoma Wesleyan University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Oral Roberts University [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Pepperdine University (Bible Lectures)
Prairie College of the Bible
Providence College and Seminary
Rockbridge Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Southwest Baptist University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trinity Western University
Trinity International University
Tyndale University College & Seminary
Vanguard University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Western Seminary [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Westmont College [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Wheaton College Graduate School [I’m looking for a better link-DM]
Whitworth University[I’m looking for a better link-DM]
William Carey Institute
Colleges and Seminaries That Represent the Spiritual Formation Forum.
Trinity International University
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dallas Theological Seminary
Colorado Christian University
Saddleback Community Church
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:
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