Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto, Ontario)
The Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto, Ontario) is a graduate Orthodox theological school situated within the Faculty of Divinity of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. The school offers certificates and accredited Masters degrees in Orthodox theology. The school trains interested lay people along with future clergy from all Orthodox jurisdictions in North America.
History and Mission
The Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College was formed in 2008, offering a certificate in Orthodox and Eastern Christian Studies and an Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) degree within Trinity College. In 2015, the school added courses in pastoral care and began offering a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree, the first fully accredited Orthodox MDiv in Canada. The Orthodox School of Theology is fully integrated with Trinity College, the Toronto School of Theology, and the University of Toronto.
The school offers rigorous academic training from an Orthodox perspective in a university setting. The school's core mission is to equip future clergy as well as laity who are interested in serving the Church, formally or informally, through advanced theological study.
Pan-Orthodox in character, the school operates with the blessing of multiple Orthodox bishops in Canada and has welcomed students and faculty from nearly every Orthodox jurisdiction in North America.
Courses and Degrees
The school maintains comprehensive course offerings for a complete program of Orthodox theological study and pastoral training. Topics include Orthodox perspectives on the study of scripture, Church history, theology, spirituality, liturgics, and iconology, as well as courses in pastoral care and formation, and pastoral field placements. Students may also take courses from any of the affiliate colleges which form the Toronto School of Theology.
The school offers a certificate in Orthodox and Eastern Christian studies, as well as the degrees: Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) and Masters of Divinity (MDiv). Degrees are fully accredited by the American Theological Society (ATS).
The school offers many of its courses online; these can be taken from anywhere in the world, either individually or for credit toward one of the above degrees.
Campus and Setting
The Orthodox School of Theology is situated on the historic campus of Trinity College, which is located on the main campus of the University of Toronto in the heart of the city. The Orthodox School of Theology, in conjunction with Holy Myrrh Bearers Orthodox Mission offers regular services in the main chapel of Trinity College, including weekday vespers and Sunday matins and liturgy.
The Trinity College library collection, including extensive materials on Orthodox theology and history, is housed in the Graham Library. Further library resources are available from the University of Toronto library system which is the largest research library in Canada.