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Following the way of Jesus through a life of solidarity and service with and for others.
Loving others to form mature, reconciling Christian community.
Proclaiming God’s peaceable reign out of the community’s parabolic witness.
Uprooting the logic of empire in our self that blocks the call to discipleship.
Moving from self-preservation toward selfless advocacy.
Imagining and embodying sustainable ways of life in this world.

The Experience:

Students live and train with a small cohort for two years under the guidance of a resident director. Training consists of an ongoing combination of intentional community living, study, work, service, mentoring, worship, and play. Participation in community life is a vital component, as the student’s academic work and personal reflections is related to the larger experience of discipleship. The ability to offer and receive hospitality with grace is also an important value. Students actively engage in the community life at Church of All Nations (CAN), and also connect with and learn from other communities and organizations.

Our Curriculum:

Integrative Learning for Social Transformation

The period of study is full-time for two years with three eight-month tracks, with each track building on the previous. A manageable amount of reading is assigned each month, with daily seminar discussions facilitated by seminary leaders, by other local pastors, and occasionally by professors and activists who share our vision – both local and from around the country. Readings and discussions are interdisciplinary in nature, so that students learn to make connections across a wide range of fields.

Three Tracks of Study:

TopicMaterial History: Geopolitics, Economics, and Theology

InfluencesDerrick Jensen, Susan Griffin, Waziyatawin, David Graeber, George Tinker, Howard Zinn, David Harvey, etc.

Topic: Socio-Political Hermeneutics: Empire, Mythology and the People of God

Influences: Norman Gottwald, Walter Brueggemann, Ched Myers, Laurel Dykstra, Richard Horsley, William Herzog, Margaret Aymer, Brigitte Kahl, etc.

Topic: Transforming Embodiment: Community Building, Hospitality and Public Witness

Influences: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paulo Freire, Bell Hooks, Dorothy Day, Edwin Friedman, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothee Sölle, etc.

We can’t liberate people from empire if we can’t see it and its devastating effects for what they are.

– Pastor Jin S. Kim, Founder & President

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2018 Cohort

If interested in attending in fall 2018, please fill out an application (available by clicking the box to the right). After receiving your application, we will arrange a phone conversation to begin discernment together. Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing laura@undergroundsem.org.
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