Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary


The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas ’82, ’88 – Scholar & Racial Justice Activist – Named EDS’s New Dean
Cambridge, MA –  Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary today announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.
President of the Faculty, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and Board Chair, Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., sign the affiliation agreement with EDS shortly before Union’s 2017 Commencement Exercises.
“We had three goals when we began to plan this news phase in EDS’s life,” said the Rev. Dr. Gary Hall, chair of the EDS board. “We wanted to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting program, deepen our historic commitment to gospel-centered justice, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. Today, I am delighted to say that we have achieved all three.”
“This is a historic moment,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of the Union Faculty and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy. “We are honored that EDS has chosen to partner with us and are certain that the stewardship of our deepest commitments will be fulfilled in the years ahead.”
EDS appointed the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Maryland and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral, as the first dean of EDS at Union. Douglas will also join the Union faculty as a professor. She is the author

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