The Washington Theological Consortium is a community of theological schools of diverse Christian traditions—with partners in education, spirituality and interfaith dialogue—that supports ecumenical unity and interfaith understanding. It does so in four ways:
- By supporting ecumenical study and dialogue that explores the distinct theological traditions of the churches, analyzes barriers to Christian unity, and explores opportunities for shared public witness.
- By providing an ecumenical context for equipping clergy and laity to serve the mission and ministry of the Church in the world through diverse communities and in ways that witness to the unity that is ours in Christ.
- By helping member institutions share their rich theological, spiritual, and practical resources through programs and services that are best done in collaboration, and in ways that enrich the mission and programs of each member.
- By engaging in interreligious study and dialogue, with members of other faiths, that explores the differences and shared values of the theologies and practices of the great world religions.
The Washington Theological Consortium began in 1971 in the wake of ecumenical energies from the Faith and Order Commission, the National and World Council of Churches, and the Vatican II Council. Originally seven member schools from Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, and Historic Black University schools joined forces to begin collaborative learning, symposiums, and faculty collegiality. Since then, schools have joined from contemporary Evangelical traditions, and associates and affiliates have joined from institutes of Spirituality, theological research, and interfaith work. Today the Consortium offers over 300 courses per semester for cross-registration, a dozen theological libraries, and opportunities for public and adult education that are unsurpassed in the nation.