Worship is central to the life of Lancaster Seminary. Faculty, students, and staff gather in beautiful Santee Chapel every Wednesday for worship and communion. Our worship services reflect a variety of religious traditions and liturgical practices indicative of our ecumenical community. Worship leaders incorporate their musical and theatrical talents as well as their language and other aspects of their religious and ethnic backgrounds into our worship life. Everyone is welcome!
Examine Your Faith
Define A Purpose
Start The Journey
The decision to pursue theological education can be a challenge with many different factors to consider. Responding to God's call and a desire to pursue theological education involves faith and preparation.
A Diverse Ecumenical Community
A vibrant and inclusive community of learning and spiritual formation, Lancaster Seminary values diversity and the integration of intellectual, spiritual, social, and vocational learning. Our dedicated scholars and teachers represent different faith traditions, and share a commitment to bring faith and intellect to bear in educating leaders for faith communities and the wider world.
Explore Metropolitan Lancaster
Location And Diversity
Historic, beautiful and vibrant Lancaster is the second largest metropolitan area in south central Pennsylvania with a population of 533,320. Lancaster City, with 60,000 residents, is easy driving distance to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, the Jersey shore and Delaware beaches. The culturally and ethnically diverse population of the city is 41.3% White, 39.3% Hispanic or Latino, 16.3% Black or African American, 3% Asian. Nearly 6% of residents identify as two or more races.
Things To Do
Lancaster is home to five higher education institutions. The Lancaster Central Market is the oldest continuously operated farmers market in the US. The Fulton Theatre, an award-winning Equity house, features Broadway-quality productions. The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra showcases classical and popular music concerts. In addition to boutiques, vintage shops, and art galleries, Lancaster has the largest enclosed shopping center in South Central Pennsylvania.
Lancaster was the home of Thomas Paine, American revolutionary and philosopher; George Ross, signer of the Declaration of Independence; James Buchanan, the nation's 15th president; and congressman and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. F.W. Woolworth opened his first five-and-dime store here. The Serta Mattress Co. was founded in Lancaster, and those marshmallow candy chicks called Peeps originated here.