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Mass. theology school for religions not to open

April 21, 2011

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BOSTON—Two theological schools are withdrawing from plans to form a Boston-area university to educate people of all religions.

Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, a Unitarian Universalist seminary, said in a statement Thursday that talks with the Andover Newton seminary ended over issues related to governance and finances.

The new school had been slated to open in July on the Andover Newton campus in the Boston suburb of Newton. It would have had a campus in Chicago. The two schools had said last year they also were looking for other partners.

Meadville Lombard officials said Thursday their school will continue to be an independent graduate educational institution.

Andover Newton, the oldest Christian graduate school in the nation founded in 1807, is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Church USA.