Butler University

Butler University is a liberal arts school with a history of doing things differently. In 1855, attorney and abolitionist Ovid Butler opened a school founded on the principle that everyone deserves an excellent education, regardless of race or gender– a bold idea in pre-Civil-War America. He believed that experience is the best teacher, that a love of learning prepares you for success no matter what you do, and that anyone can achieve greatness if they’re willing to put in the effort. Butler University now offers well over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges and was recently ranked 2nd for Midwest Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges. Click here to visit the website.

Christian Theological Seminary

For more than 150 years through its incarnations as colleges within North Western Christian University and Butler University, the Christian Theological Seminary has pursued its mission of preparing ministers, counselors and lay people to serve as leaders of the church and the world. Frederick Doyle Kershner, Dean of Butler School of Religion, paved the way for the Christian Theological Seminary in its most recent form. At a time when American Christianity was sharply divided between liberalism and fundamentalism, Kershner sought a middle ground. He opened the School of Religion to persons of all denominations, persons of color, and women, and welcomed a Jewish rabbi to serve on the faculty for more than two decades– a remarkable move in early twentieth-century America. In the early 1990s, the seminary launched several degree programs in psychotherapy, and began operating a counseling center that serves both as a training center for students in those programs and as a much-needed resource for the Indianapolis community. Click here to visit the website.

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