“ Chicago Theological Seminary remains committed to the ideal that religious leadership is at its best when it seeks the flourishing of all of God’s children and creation. As news of an agreement between differing parties in the United Methodist Church breaks, we stand ready to partner with any committed to this work, of any faith or belief, knowing that this world which God so loves is worthy of our every effort. As a seminary which formerly had ties with the UMC, well wishes to each of the bodies which will be formed from this disengagement. While details remain to be worked out, it seems the various traditionalist movements will leave the UMC and others will have the freedom to do likewise. We particularly encourage and stand with those who came to realize that Christian unity, while important, is not a goal worthy of being sought at the cost of human dignity and wholeness.”
—CTS President Stephen G. Ray Jr.