Anglican & Episcopal Studies Program

The United Lutheran Seminary (which has campuses in Philadelphia and Gettysburg) has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the Episcopal Church through a relationship between the Diocese of Pennsylvania and one of our predecessor institutions, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
For more than 40 years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education through these schools, coming from dioceses in close proximity to the seminary.  In today’s climate we welcome those who are seeking formation, education and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

Whether beginning your theological education closer to home before placement at an Episcopal seminary or taking the opportunity to study with an excellent faculty in such an ecumenical environment, we welcome your interest in the Anglican Studies program.  The experience of education and formation that ULS offers, with the concentration in Anglican studies expresses, we believe, the best of the Common Mission to which we are called.

Courses in Anglican Studies

Core Courses (offered in a two-three year cycle)

  •     Essentials of Anglicanism  
  •     The Theology and Practice of the Books of Common Prayer
  •     The Episcopal Church

Supplemental Courses

(Intermittent or other areas with Episcopal faculty)

  • Baptism and the Unity of the Church
  • Church and Society
  • Eucharist and the Koinonia
  • Liturgics: The Worshipping Community
  • Pastoral Theology and Formation
  • Poets, Mystics and Theologians
  • Modern Anglican Theology 
  • Anglican Social Ethics

Certificate in Anglican Studies

The Certificate will be earned after the successful completion of at least 8.0 course units for credit with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. All core courses in the Certificate Program are to be taken at ULS.  

Cooperative M.Div/MAR with Certificate in Anglican Studies

Students taking the M.Div. (inc. 3 core, 1 supplemental courses) or M.A.R. degree  (inc. 2 Core, 3 Supp.) can concurrently earn a Certificate in Anglican Studies. Formation aspects and contextual education will be in Episcopal parishes or institutions.

S.T.M. in Anglican Studies

The STM With Thesis consists of eight course units in advanced program courses plus a thesis. At least four of the course units and the thesis must be in Anglican Studies.

Formation in Anglican Studies

Formation of Episcopal postulants and candidates for holy orders is done in partnership with local Episcopal communities or diocesan placements for distance learning students.

  • Two semesters of Ministerial Field Work in an Episcopal Parish or Organization
  • Ministerial Internship in an Episcopal Parish or Organization (4 semesters)
  • Annual Episcopal students retreat
  • Practice of Daily Office
  • Episcopal or another approved Spiritual Director
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Participation in worship and community life of Seminary or Congregation
  • Preparation for General Ordination Exams

Core Faculty in Anglican Studies Program

Along with the excellent Lutheran and ecumenical faculty, ULS has both resident and adjunct faculty from across the Anglican Communion.

The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

The Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian
Church of South India
Academic Dean;
H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Culture

The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain
ECUSA/Anglican Church of  Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
The Frederick Houk Borsch Associate Professor of Anglican Studies, Pastoral Care & Theology

Adjunct Faculty may include:

The Rev. Dr. Charles L. Howard
Adjunct Professor Black Church Studies
Church & Society

The Rev. Dr. Kara Slade
Adjunct Professor. Teaching in Modern
Anglican Theology

Anglican Studies Brochure

For more information about Anglican Studies at United Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia contact the Director of Anglican Studies:

Dr. Reed Carlson
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of Anglican Studies
United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia Campus)
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19119