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Community of Christ Seminary

Change the world by learning Graceland’s responsible and transformational theological interpretation.

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The Power of Faith

The Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University is shaped by a strong dedication to creating a place of belonging for all people, not just those who look, think and live the way we do. Backed by a solid foundation grounded in Christianity, we believe that faith should be inclusive and welcoming — and we teach all of our courses and concentrations through the lens of this perspective.

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Community of Christ Seminary Mission

The Community of Christ Seminary’s mission is to educate and prepare — through prayerful scholarship, teaching, service and mentoring — faithful, creative and discerning leaders for ministries in congregations, church and the world.

“Seek ye diligently, and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning even by study and also by faith.” — Doctrine and Covenants, 85:36

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Our Commitment

The Community of Christ Seminary is committed to:

  • Prayerful scholarship and teaching that are in critical and creative dialogue with the traditions of church, culture and university;
  • The interaction of theoretical and practical learning in the classroom and other formal contexts of learning as well as in church and relevant public settings;
  • An approach to curriculum, teaching and the seminary’s community life that enhances and integrates the intellectual, personal, professional and spiritual growth of students;
  • The preparation of the Christian leaders for mission through ministries of proclamation, justice, peace and reconciliation in religious, educational, political and public settings;
  • A proclaiming community of faith and learning inclusive of women and men who are diverse in ethnic, economic, social and national background;
  • Educational context and educational goals that are ecumenical and global and honor the indigenous peoples of the world;
  • A dynamic relationship of research, consultation and learning with local church congregations and denominational jurisdictions at all levels.
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Master of Arts in Religion

Designed for bi-vocational and professional ministers, Graceland’s Master of Arts in Religion is a 34 semester hour graduate program with three different concentrations in Christian Theology, Spiritual Leadership, Peace and Justice. All three of these concentrations provide a unique blend of religious theory and practical studies with a strong focus on biblical studies, Christian history and theology, leadership, peace and justice.

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Our Independence Campus

Our Masters of Arts in Religion program gives students the option to complete their courses 100% online or with a face-to-face focus session at the Community of Christ Temple at our Independence, Missouri campus during the course’s fourth week. This campus is conveniently located just ten miles outside of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Meet Our Faculty
Seminary Students Say It Best

Seminary changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. It provided me with the opportunity to build meaningful and cherished friendships with classmates from across the world and helped me discover who I am as a disciple and how I can use the gifts and talents God has given me to make a difference in my congregation, my community, and in the world. I am forever grateful for this experience.

Ashley Sebree '20 Meteorologist Master of Arts in Religion
Seminary Students Say It Best

The MAR program at the Community of Christ Seminary helped me to find that “who am I?” and “what is god’s purpose for me?” I am grateful to God for helping me complete this program and witnessing my authentic discipleship in my congregation, family and in society.

Isaac Bennet Joshua '18 Minister Master of Arts in Religion
Seminary Students Say It Best

My seminary experience was life-changing. It challenged me, inspired me, and permanently altered how I see and move through our world. The faculty members and program design create a community culture that encourages exploration of both individual and communal beliefs and supports learners every step of the way.

Jami Smith '20 Educator Master of Arts in Religion

News From the Seminary

Stay up to date on all news and events happening at Graceland.

COVID-19, Press Release

Graceland University to Host Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement

December 11, 2020

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Alumni, Press Release

Graceland Ranks First in Iowa for Graduates Who Say Their Work is High-Meaning

November 16, 2020

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Faculty, Press Release

Graceland Director of Seminary Helps Organize Peaceful Protest in Independence

June 9, 2020

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Alumni, Faculty

Graceland University Hires Zac Harmon-McLaughlin as Director of Community of Christ Seminary

December 19, 2018

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Administration and Staff, Alumni, Faculty, Press Release

Graceland’s Scholars Showcase Another Success

April 28, 2014

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Administration and Staff, Alumni, Faculty, Press Release

GU Performing Händel’s Messiah May 3

April 23, 2013

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