In 1999, the predecessor body to Local Church Ministries, The Board for Homeland Ministries, created a scholarship for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender United Church of Christ seminarians in honor of William R. Johnson, the first openly gay man ordained in the United Church of Christ. The scholarship was established as a concrete way of affirming the long-standing conviction of the United Church of Christ that sexual orientation or gender identity should not be a barrier to ordination.
To qualify for this scholarship, students must be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender).
Enrolled in an Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited seminary or theological school in the United States toward a Master of Divinity degree.
A second and third year student.
Member of a local United Church of Christ church for at least one year prior to application.
Member in Discernment (MID). MID status is designated by the Committee on Ministry (COM) of a local church's UCC Association (or UCC Conference acting as an Association).
Preparing to serve the UCC or partner settings as an ordained Minister.
If in an academic setting, cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from most recently completed academic work.
Specific written references are also required.
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