- Starr King School for the Ministry - Last June the UU seminary Starr King School for the Ministry withheld diplomas from students about to graduate because of an ongoing investigation around leaked information from the recent presidential search process.
- General Theological Seminary - A recent walk-out of the faculty at this Episcopal seminary has resulted in the firing of most of the faculty. The faculty's dispute was with alleged actions of the president and dean, including sexist, racist, and homophobic statements, and breaches of confidentiality.
- Episcopal Divinity School - The faculty of EDS passed a vote of no confidence in the seminary president. Tenure for faculty members was put on hold as a result. The issues cited with the president included student enrollment decline, staff turnover, changes in the term of the tenure process, and the diminished role of faculty.
- Andover Newton Theological School - The UCC seminary has kept its conflict out of the news and off of its webpage and Facebook page, but a controversy is swirling as the new president is inaugurated this weekend. A letter apparently went out recently to students and alumni.
No confidence votes at universities usually are an indicator of financial stress and decreasing influence of faculty. The Episcopal Divinity School situation is very like the situations at all the colleges and universities listed. And it's no surprise that liberal religion, with all the anxiety in the liberal religious system about decreasing membership and influence, might see this mirrored in its institutions.
The other three seminary conflicts listed above, however, while about the president fall less into the pattern of the colleges and universities.