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Seminary to Celebrate Joint Degree Program with Marywood University

Program combining social work and the ministry accelerates degree completion

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The Moravian Theological Seminary will hold a ceremonial document signing to mark it’s collaboration with Marywood University for a degree program in social work, on Friday, November 14, at 1:00 p.m.. Following the signing, the Seminary will hold a workshop entitled “Professional Ethics in the Contemporary Human Services Environment” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. This workshop will feature Dr. Phyllis Black of the Marywood social work faculty, Dr. Glenn Asquith, professor of pastoral theology at Moravian, and Vivian Davis-Martinez, M.S.W., Moravian adjunct professor. Marywood University professor Richard Williams, M.S.W. will introduce the panel. This workshop will identify prevalent ethical concerns and present approaches to enhance ethical competence in these demanding times. Particular attention will be directed toward issues related to confidentiality, professional competence and conflict of interest/ boundaries.

Prior to the workshop, at 1:00 p.m., a ceremonial document signing will be held to establish joint degree programs (M.Div./ M.S.W. and MAPC/M.S.W.) between the Marywood University School of Social Work and Moravian Theological Seminary. The signing ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. All events are free and open to the public.

Moravian Theological Seminary joined with the Marywood University School of Social Work to offer joint degrees for students interested in applying social work principles and practice in their ministry. Under the new program, students can complete both a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degree in four years, as opposed to five years if taken separately at both schools. Students who wish to combine social work practice with a pastoral counseling ministry may complete the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Social Work degrees in three years, as opposed to four years if taken separately.

“The joint program is accomplished by sharing comparable requirements for both degrees and also sharing field placements that would satisfy all degree requirements,” said Asquith. “We are very excited about this partnership between our institutions, and about the holistic approach to pastoral care and human services that it represents.”

Moravian Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Moravian Church in the United States. The seminary awards three degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The institution also awards certificates in theological studies. For more information, please call 610-861-1516.