St Stephen’s College is a graduate school founded by The United Church of Canada and an Affiliated College of The University of Alberta in Edmonton. St Stephen’s has been an active part of Alberta society and its many faith communities since 1908. An Act to Incorporate St Stephen’s College (April 27, 1927; amended 1968) authorizes St Stephen’s College to confer degrees in theology, including masters level divinity programs in pastoral psychology and counseling. These degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, Master of Theology, Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Master of Theological Studies, and Bachelor of Theological Studies. We are an Associate Member of The Association of Theological Schools in The United States and Canada; and an Approved Training Program of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
From its beginnings, St Stephen’s has had a reputation for innovation in theological education. Here, we value flexibility, non-traditional modes of learning, an action-reflection model of education, the testing of new methodologies, collegiality, inclusive imagery, self-directed learning, and the integration of theology with the arts. Here, we assume students have as much to offer the learning process as they have to receive from it. Here, we seek to discover new and creative ways of education for the whole person–body, mind and spirit. Here, we are committed to learning that both informs us and transforms us, and that helps us to shape the society in which we live.
As part of the St Stephen’s community, you will be encouraged to develop learning goals that fit your life experiences and faith commitments, whatever those are. We will make available to you faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds whose experience and expertise in other contexts will broaden and enrich your own. As well as courses offered in five-day intensives on campus, we have semester-long, online, directed reading and correspondence opportunities. We are committed to making courses and programs as accessible as we can, while maintaining a diverse learning community. Our success is evidenced by students and faculty who come to us from across Canada and the United States, and from overseas.
St Stephen’s is primarily oriented toward graduate theological education. However, if a formal program is not what you need, most of our classes are open to occasional learners as well. We seek to live out our commitment that study and integration for all persons is fundamental in equipping members of our communities to live in a changing world which is no longer satisfied with pious platitudes and unfounded authoritarianism.
St Stephen’s will continue to equip persons of spirit to meet the opportunities and challenges of life in a turbulent and globally-aware society, by offering spiritual nourishment and vision, reflection and adaptation. We invite you to join us on that journey!