Trinity maintains strong ties with Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, the Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio, and Pontifical College Josephinum, providing students with multiple opportunities to learn from other faith traditions. Trinity and MTSO, located 30 miles to the north in Delaware, Ohio, provide students the opportunity to cross-register for courses and also offer a joint Doctor of Ministry degree.
Living into Called to Common Mission
Bexley Hall, a seminary of the Episcopal Church U.S.A., has maintained a presence on the Trinity campus since 1999, a tangible expression of the full communion that exists between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church on the basis of Called to Common Mission. In 2003-04, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada approved Bexley Hall’s M.Div. program in Columbus, and the Ohio Board of Regents granted Bexley Hall the right to grant its own Master of Divinity degree. Trinity and Bexley Hall students share in worship planning, student body government, and other community life activities.
A Visual Symbol of Suffering and Hope
Trinity is located in Bexley, Ohio, home to a predominantly Jewish community and three Jewish synagogues. In 1999, local artist Alfred Tibor completed the Promise for Life Sculpture, a 27-foot granite and bronze memorial to the Holocaust, on the Trinity campus – visible from Main Street and College Avenue. Tibor, a survivor of the Holocaust, for years has provided lectures for students and visitors on the Trinity campus. Each year Trinity also hosts the local Kristallnacht Commemoration, a lecture series and educational project of Trinity, The Columbus Jewish Federation, The Holocaust Education Committee of Central Ohio, and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio. In addition, Trinity students have the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and the national Holocaust Memorial in a January Term course dedicated to Jewish-Christian relations.