Entries by Union News

God’s Spirit at Work: Marriage Equality and the LGBTQ Movement

Serene Jones 

President Serene Jones writes about marriage equality and the pending SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop 8.

“The religious debate over marriage equality has often been framed as a question of whether same-sex relationships are blessed by God and the Bible. Both sides can find proof texts to support their positions, and debate the matter endlessly. I believe that God loves all human beings equally and that Scripture supports the notion that God wants people to love God and one another, and this includes in marriage.” Read More>>

America Needs a New Econo-Theology by Serene Jones, President and Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary

Serene Jones 

In her Hiffington Post article, President Serene Jones draws parallels between economy and theology, and the need to reevaluate our moral values in order to address the imbalance of wealth in America.

“We live in a society where we have traded virtue for material rewards. We should have more conversations about our deep diminishing of human life; talk less of success, and more about love” writes Serene Jones, “for if we don’t, we will continue to pay the price of inequality. And that cost is high.” Read the Full Article>>

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative

Paul Mowry The Huffington Post Faith Inspires highlights the Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative, based in New York City. On a mission to “raise up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty,” the Poverty Initiative educates destitute community members while organizing poverty-conscious religious leaders through Theological Education courses. Read More>>

Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy Created by $3 million gift to Union Theological Seminary

Paul Mowry The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, announced today that Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Johnston, of Gladstone, New Jersey, have given $3 million to create The Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy.   The chair, which is fully endowed upon its creation, will support scholars whose work explores the crucial role religion plays in American politics and society. Read More>>