Vision Statement, Purpose and Definitions

Vision Statement

St. Stephen’s College holds a creative vision of transformative theological and professional education.  It is a community of people seeking to explore the spiritual complexities of human life and to meaningfully integrate this learning in society and the world.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of St. Stephen’s College is to conduct and maintain an academic institution specializing in the exploration and understanding of the spiritual complexities of human life.  To this end we offer for-credit academic and professional degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs, and not-for-credit educational opportunities for the wider community.

Definition of Multi-faith

St. Stephen’s College – a Multi-faith Learning Community
I live my life in widening circles. Rainer Maria Rilke

St. Stephen’s College understands that people of all spiritual traditions and explorations are respected and treated with dignity, and encourages the members of its community to experience the sacred by engaging in enriching dialogue from diverse perspectives.

Definition of Ministry

St. Stephen’s College students articulate their vision and practice of ministry using the languages, symbols, and images of the traditions and worldviews with which they identify. Within this diversity of tradition, St. Stephen’s College understands that the practice of ministry includes the self-reflective awareness of the nurturing quality of service the Human community and Earth.  The St. Stephen’s community consists of practitioners from such fields as education, faith/religious community assignments, chaplaincy, mediation, management, media services, the arts, health care, counseling, multicultural relationships, and care of our planet.