What it Means ...


Cailloux Campus Activity Center at Schreiner University

In February 2013, the Presbyterian College Chaplains Association was invited to contribute to the discussion of what it means to be Presbyterian-related. The chaplains responded with the following statement and explanation of what it means:

Because we are Presbyterian-related, our institutions value learning, faith, service, and connection to each other, the Church, and the world, honoring the dignity and worth of every person.
Cross on campus

We don’t value learning and all faith traditions represented on our campuses in spite of our church-relatedness. It is because we are church-related that we value and cherish all inquiry and welcome and encourage all faith communities.

Schreiner University front entrance  “Learning, faith, and service”
This order is important. We are schools, not churches, and our primary mission is education. Learning comes first. Nevertheless, as church-related institutions we are concerned to educate whole people for the whole world. We strive to graduate students who are not only academically well-prepared but also spiritually and socially mature participants in the religious and civic communities of which they are a part.
Schreiner Institute date plaque “Service”
Although the term “civic engagement” is widely-used on our campuses, we decided that it is not a common term in the life of the Church. We believe “service” communicates this value more clearly to our church partners.
Schreiner outdoor banners “Connection”
We value our relationships with the Presbyterian Church and with other schools who share a similar relationship. We are not, and do not wish to be, identical institutions. Yet we appreciate our common connections and commitments. We benefit from our mutual relationship, we are all grateful for the historic and ongoing support of the Presbyterian Church, and we are committed to maintaining that relationship.
"The Gift of Capt. Charles Schreiner to The Youth of Texas" plaque

Our connection to the world is both social and environmental. We seek to serve the whole world through our service to each student. We understand ourselves to be part of a global community of teaching, learning, and inquiry. We also work to exhibit, embody, and encourage environmental responsibility on our campuses and beyond. As was stated above, we strive to educate whole people for the whole world.

Schreiner gate with the Presbyterian Church (USA) cross “Honoring”
Our efforts to live out our commitment to learning, faith, service, and connection take place in the context of our ongoing and pervasive commitment to honor the dignity and worth of all people. Our schools are resources and instruments through which the Presbyterian Church (USA) serves the world as we serve each of our students in all their magnificent variety and particularity.
College presidents attending the 2013 meeting of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities unanimously affirmed this statement.