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As we continue our efforts to train social justice advocates, Union Theological Seminary is pleased to accept applications for our sixth cohort of our Encore Transition Program.

Participants aged 55 and older will spend four months engaged in a bi-weekly process of discernment about their “encore” – or “second” – stage of life. In addition to discussions about aging, transition, creativity, and spirituality, the program provides participants with the opportunity for networking, mentoring, and field observation in areas of personal interest.

This popular program was featured in a recent issue of Union Collective (page 5), Union’s Alumni Magazine.


The semester fee for the Program is $3000, and a sliding scale is available for some participants. The cohort will meet evenings for eight, three-hour-sessions every other Tuesdays at Union Theological Seminary at 121st Street and Broadway. The list of all class dates for the upcoming semester is included on the application.

The Encore Transition Program is designed and facilitated by Ruth Wooden, M.A. ’16. Ruth attended Union as part of her own “encore” after a communications and nonprofit management career that spanned more than 40 years. In addition to Ruth, Union faculty and administrators attend classes and provide spiritual and practical insight.

With a maximum number of 12-15 slots, we are expecting a competitive application process. Early applicants will receive preference. Accepted applicants will be notified by August 16, 2019. The program description and application is available online.