Originally founded in 1951 by Bishop John E. Hines as the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the Seminary of the Southwest (SSW) changed its name in 2008 in an effort to remarket itself to prospective students. It is one of 11 Episcopal seminaries located throughout the United States.
The school's stated mission includes Christian-oriented core values like creating "a hospitable community life the embraces diversity and ensures that all voices are heard," "spiritual formation in the Anglican tradition that nourishes a rule of life rooted in worship, prayer, study, creativity, and service," and "development of effective servant leaders who practice integrity and who are advocates for ministries that transform lives."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at SSW have access to the school's various and exceptional academic programs. Students may pursue degrees like Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation, Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care and Master of Divinity with Hispanic Church Studies Concentration.
Student living and university living at SSW revolve around a bevy of traditional Christian community and student programs. In addition, students have access to the city of Austin's various landmarks and entertainments as the "Live Music Capital of the World."
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