United Theological Seminary

Social Transformation Concentration

Develop the skills you need to lead dynamic, innovative, and effective organizations and communities. Rooted in cutting-edge methodology that harnesses the power of faith for changing the world, your education at United will place you in a long line of theologically-energized activists who speak truth to power and organize for social transformation.

Our social transformation program has both an academic component and a praxis component, providing you both the theoretical framework AND the hands-on experience you need to develop yourself as a leader.

Add a social transformation concentration to your M.Div. or M.A.L. degree to focus your education and training–whether your calling is in the church, the public sector, academia, social entrepreneurship, or the non-profit world.



Steve Newcom, founding director of United’s social transformation center, The Kaleo Center, received an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2007 to research the intersection of theological education and social justice ministry. Newcom’s research revealed that while many seminaries teach the “why” of social justice ministry (theory and theology), none were teaching students the practical tools to effectively engage in social justice ministry in congregational or community settings.

At United, that changes. Based on his research, Newcom created a six-step methodology for doing theologically-based social transformation work, called the Social Transformation Praxis: Encounter, Educate, Advocate, Organize, Envision, Proclaim. This is the groundbreaking methodology you’ll learn at United, equipping you to make a real difference in the world–whatever issue ignites your passion.

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