Religious Offerings: Winebrenner Theological Seminary slashes tuition to $300 per month

Nicki Gorny, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
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Apr. 11—Winebrenner slashes tuition

Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay is cutting graduate student tuition to $300 per month, beginning with this year's fall trimester.

Students have actually been enrolling at this rate since last year's fall trimester, thanks to a grant the institution received through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund in 2020. President Brent Sleasman said the seminary has since developed a financial plan that will enable it to retain this lowered rate into the future. The new rate cuts graduate student tuition by more than two-thirds, with the previous rate set at $525 per credit hour.

Six credits is typical for a 12-week trimester at the seminary.

"While the cost of education in the United States continues to increase, this move is intentionally designed to lessen the financial burden on students as they pursue the next step in their professional development and personal growth," Winebrenner wrote in a statement.

The board of trustees voted on the new tuition rate in February.

"The Board is committed to accomplishing the mission and doing that in ways that create new and expanded pathways for accessibility to all," Pastor Phil Scott, the board's acting chairperson, said in the statement. "We are grateful for the innovative and bold risk taking of the Winebrenner team to invest in and release leaders for God's Kingdom."

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Graduate students account for just a part of the total enrollment at seminary, which also offers non-degree courses and programs under its Institute for Christian Studies. Mr. Sleasman said Winebrenner is on track to enroll approximately 90 graduate students in the upcoming summer trimester, which would represent about a 10 percent increase over the most recent term.

Project Rachel

Project Rachel sponsors a one-day retreat for women who have experienced an abortion between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing for Women will offer "opportunities to connect with local support and resources and explore other women's experiences," according to the ministry, which is affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Toledo.

The cost of the retreat is $25. For more information and confidential reservations, contact Kerstin Pakka, Project Rachel coordinator, at 419-260-5811 or kpakka@toledodiocese.org.

Registration open

Registration is now open for the United Methodist Church's West Ohio Annual Conference, to be held virtually via Zoom on June 6-7. The local conference announced its decision to hold its annual gathering virtually earlier this year, in light of the continued coronavirus pandemic.

This year's theme is "Run the Race with Perseverance," based on Hebrews 12:1-2.

For more information and a link to register, go to bit.ly/3mqwaEz.