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Northwind Theological Seminary and The Center for Open and Relational Theology have an Articulation Agreement to offer Certificate and Degree Programs.


  • Certificate programs are offered through Northwind Institute.

  • Degree programs are offered through Northwind Seminary.


The Center for Open and Relational Theology began in 2019. It fosters networks, develops resources, sponsors projects, and promotes events that deepen and broaden open and relational theologies. It appreciates and builds from the important work of previous open and relational thinkers.


“Open and Relational Theology” is an umbrella label under which a variety of theologies and believers reside. This variety shares at least two ideas in common:

  1. God experiences time moment by moment (open)

  2. God, us, and creation relate, so that everyone gives and receives (relational)



Dr. Thomas J Oord is the Director of the Center. He holds a ​Masters of Divinity from Nazerene Theological Seminary; a Masters of Arts in Religion, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Oord is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves in various consulting and administrative roles for academic institutions, scholarly projects, and research teams.

Doctor in Theology and Ministry

The 36 credit hour course of study includes:

Tutorial Experience

Two 3-credit hour courses:

Foundations of Open & Relational Theology

Contextualization of Open & Relational Theology


Oxford Experience

Two 3-credit hour Oxford-Style Courses:

Readings in Open & Relational Theology I

Readings in Open & Relational Theology II

Dissertation Experience

Three 6-credit hour courses

Dissertation  Research

Dissertation  Project

Dissertation  Paper


Dissertation Defense Experience

Six Credit Hours - Defense of Dissertation



Tuition $600 per credit

Tutorial Experience

2 Courses @ $1800.00 = $  3600.00

Oxford Experience 

2 Courses @ $1800.00 = $  3600.00

Dissertation Experience

3 Courses @ $3600.00 = $10800.00

Defense Experience      = $  3600.00

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