Frequently Asked Questions

Jewish Ordination

In the Jewish tradition, one becomes a rabbi after receiving “smicha,” or ordination, from the rabbinical seminaries of the different movements of American Judaism (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox), from an independent rabbinical school, or privately from an individual rabbi. Read more

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Lutheran Ordination

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America needs needs thoughtful, imaginative, wellprepared and practical leaders to guide the church as it makes its way, as the morning prayer says, “on paths untrodden.” It needs leaders who have diverse backgrounds and connections. It needs leaders who are equally well-versed in scripture, theology, politics, and service to the community and the world. Read more

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Presbyterian Ordination

In the Presbyterian Church (USA), those interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry enter a discernment relationship with their presbytery’s CPM (Committee for the Preparation of Ministry). The person needs first to be endorsed by the session of the Presbyterian Church (USA) church where he or she is a member, and then received by the CPM. (S/he needs to have been active in that congregation for at least six months before being endorsed.) Read

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United Church of Christ Ordination

Imagine yourself preparing to tell the “old, old story” and in the same moment, being welcomed into an interfaith story. Imagine listening for the Still Speaking God, befriending folks from around the world, and learning in an academically rigorous setting. Imagine having full access to the full resources of a prominent university and nine other nearby graduate theological schools. Imagine an abundance of congregational and non-profit field education settings. All of these opportunities are available to United Church of Christ students at Harvard Divinity School.

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