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Hartford Seminary is a theological college in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.



Hartford seminaries date to 1833. However it was not until 1913 that the seminary came into existence through the combination of three schools; the School for Christian Workers, the Bible Normal School and Hartford School of Missions, all of which were based in Hartford and were Congregationalist. In 1972 the Seminary began to concentrate on Christian-Muslim dialogue and in 1990 became a non-denomination institution.


Hartford Seminary claims that its "influence reaches far beyond the walls of churches, mosques and synagogues. Its work strengthens the moral character of society...Hartford Seminary also strengthens religious communities through its programs of research and education. By studying and sharing information, it enables local faith communities to remain strong."

Current resources

The library contains more than 83,000 volumes and 312 periodicals.

Hartford Seminary also has a bookstore.

Hartford Seminary is centered around three academic centers: The Center for Faith in Practice, Hartford Institute for Religion Research, and The Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Visit to learn more.

It has a Black Ministries Program, founded in 1982 and in 1994 the Seminary launched a similar program—Programa de Ministerios Hispanos. This certificate program, offered in Spanish works with the region's Hispanic churches.

In 1995 the Seminary launched the Women's Leadership Institute: A Program in Applied Spirituality, WLI is a certificate program based on feminist values and designed to prepare leaders for the world of the 21st century.

The main seminary building, designed by architect Richard Meier, was completed in 1981. From 1926 until 1981, the seminary had been located just down the street in buildings which currently constitute the campus of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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