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Latinx Theology in Xenophobic Times: An Interview with Professor Machado

Amid a government shutdown and public fight over US immigration policy, we sat down with Rev. Dr. Daisy Machado, Professor of Church History at Union. In addition to the Borderlands class described in depth below, Dr. Machado’s recent courses include Eugenics, Race, Gender, and Nation: A Brief History and Religious Movements from the Margins: A Look at the Prosperity Gospel. In addition to teaching at Union, you’re also the Director of the Hispanic Summer Program. Tell us about it. The Hispanic Summer Program started in 1989, it was created to provide a space where Latinx seminary students in ATS schools could go for two weeks of intensive theological education with Latinx faculty. The program has continued, non-stop, for the last 30 years. It’s sponsored by 37 schools—Union has been a sponsor for 19 years. Because of the sponsoring fees that the schools pay, the students pay $425 total. It’s amazing, they get two weeks of housing, [...]

Latinx Theology in Xenophobic Times: An Interview with Professor Machado 2019-01-09T04:00:33+00:00

What Borders Must We Cross in 2019?

“The phenomenon of refugees is not an El Paso problem, it’s a U.S. problem,” said Ruben Garcia, the founder and director of Annunciation House. And he should know. At Annunciation House, they provide the “hospitality” of food, bed, a shower, and other necessities for at least 2000 migrants a week, before helping to reunite them with family. It is one of the first stops for immigrants who are released by ICE when they cross the border into El Paso from Mexico. So, it was the first stop for me, and 30 other Episcopalians from across the nation, on a pilgrimage in December to learn, listen and know the full truth about the border realities in this country. I witnessed a busload of immigrants arrive at Annunciation House that day—not rapists, not drug dealers, not criminals, but mothers and fathers with their sons and daughters. In them, I saw the refugee parents of Jesus who crossed borders to [...]

What Borders Must We Cross in 2019? 2019-01-08T03:51:31+00:00

Love Knows No Borders

From left: Rev. Benjamin Perry ’15, Rev. Emily Brewer ’15, Elisa Rosoff, Jessica Miller, Gabrielle Sclafani From December 6 – 11, a Union delegation traveled to the San Diego/Tijuana border, to work with asylum seekers in Mexico and participate in a protest at the border. Below, they describe their experience, what it taught them about the US immigration system, and what ministry can look like amidst such unjust suffering. Gabrielle Sclafani (3rd Year M.Div.): I traveled to Tijuana with trepidation, considerate of concerns about people without knowledge of the local context arriving to contribute to a “cause.” Yet when I got there I was less disturbed by those of us who showed up, whatever our ineptitudes and imperfect Spanish, and more disturbed by how few people seemed to be responding to a literal crisis at the US-Mexico border. Upwards of 6,000 people (including hundreds of small children) are living in crowded tent cities—weeks of limited access [...]

Love Knows No Borders 2018-12-21T00:57:41+00:00

Union Theological Seminary joins with Morningside Heights Community Coalition and P.A.’L.A.N.T.E to Protect and Support Vulnerable New Yorkers

Announces Community Investment Initiative to Address Homelessness and Support Social Justice Funded Through Innovative Partnership with Lendlease and L+M (December 4, 2018 – NEW YORK) – Union Theological Seminary today announced its plan for a $5 million community investment initiative, alongside the Morningside Heights Community Coalition and P.A.’L.A.N.T.E., funded through an innovative partnership with Lendlease and L+M. Union is in the middle of a comprehensive campus revitalization to secure its future as an institution that trains people of all faiths who are called to the work of social justice in New York City and the world.  This effort includes upgrading and protecting existing structures, making the campus accessible, as well as collaborating, in conjunction with Lendlease and L+M, on a mixed-use facility to include classrooms, offices, faculty residences and market-rate housing. While taking these critical steps to renew its campus, Union, alongside partners Lendlease and L+M, are also committing resources to protect and support its neighbors. [...]

Union Theological Seminary joins with Morningside Heights Community Coalition and P.A.’L.A.N.T.E to Protect and Support Vulnerable New Yorkers 2018-12-04T13:33:00+00:00

Trinity-Union Fellows Program Renewed for 2019-20

Trinity Church Wall Street (Trinity) and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union) have partnered to renew the Trinity Union Fellows Program for a 2nd year. The program, launched in 2017, brings up to six international students from China and India to Trinity and Union for one year of academic training and faith formation. Funded by a $750,000 grant from Trinity, the second cohort of Fellows will join other students in the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) degree program at Union. The grant covers a full range of expenses for students, including tuition and stipend. As part of the program, students will participate in worship at Trinity, and learn about the committee structure and governance of the church. Students will also discover how Trinity’s core values of faith, integrity, inclusion, compassion, social justice and stewardship guide the church in fulfilling its mission. Fellows who enroll in the S.T.M. program at Union will participate [...]

Trinity-Union Fellows Program Renewed for 2019-20 2018-11-27T12:00:00+00:00

Trinity Fellows Application Form

Thank you for your interest in the Trinity Fellowship STM program. Unfortunately, the applications for this program are now closed. Applications for Fall 2020 will launch in August 2019. The post Trinity Fellows Application Form appeared first on Union Theological Seminary.

Trinity Fellows Application Form 2018-11-26T15:21:00+00:00

Field Ed Profile: Hope Fried at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Hope Fried, a second-year M.Div. student, is doing her field placement at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s, an Episcopal school on the Upper West Side. What is your field site and what do you do there? I work at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s, a private Episcopal school near Union. It’s a pre-K-8 school and this is my second year there. I’m a Religious Knowledge Educator, which is a fancy way to say “teacher.” I’m also a chaplaincy intern, so I lead weekly chapels and run religious holiday services. Hope Fried, M.Div. ’20 Do you serve students of all faiths? Yes, we do. I work with the school chaplain, Pastor [...]

Field Ed Profile: Hope Fried at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s 2018-11-16T19:31:58+00:00

Field Ed Profile: Ian Case at Manhattan Detention Complex

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their field work in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Ian Case, a second-year M.Div. student, is doing his field placement at the Manhattan Detention Complex in lower Manhattan. Ian spoke to us recently about his work. What is your field site and what do you do there? Ian Case, Union ’20 I’m at the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as the MDC or the Tombs, which is a jail in Manhattan. It’s part of the Department of Correction. I offer meditation there. In two of the units, the men – and it’s all men – are in individual cells, so I’m only able to meet them one-on-one, which means that I’m in more of a pastoral role. The other [...]

Field Ed Profile: Ian Case at Manhattan Detention Complex 2018-11-06T17:54:43+00:00

EDS At Union Celebrates Inaugural Convocation in NYC

The affiliation of the Episcopal Divinity School with Union Theological Seminary began in earnest in August, when the first ten students arrived for the Anglican Studies program. But it was the inaugural Convocation and installation of the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D. as Dean last week, that cemented this new chapter for EDS at Union. The message was clear, this program, and its Dean, are ready to lead the way during this ‘warring soul time’. Notably, the naming of Douglas as Dean of EDS at Union was an historic moment, as she became the first African American and first African American woman to head an Episcopal seminary. The theme for Convocation was Toward a Just Earth: Courageous Faith in Challenging Times and the two-night event couldn’t have happened at a more relevant time. On October 30, Dean Douglas gave her Dean’s Address, titled “The Soul of the Seminary”, to a full audience in James Chapel. [Click [...]

EDS At Union Celebrates Inaugural Convocation in NYC 2018-11-06T17:54:54+00:00

Field Education Profile: Shelby Johnson

Field education at Union provides an opportunity for students to bring together their education, skill, and religious commitment in a way that can help them discover their call. Students do their fieldwork in a wide variety of locations, from churches to shelters to non-profit organizations. Shelby Johnson, a 2nd-year student at Union, is currently working as a chaplain intern at SAGE Bronx, which is an organization and community center that serves and advocates for LGBT elders. What does an average day look like?  Members come to the center for community and enrichment activities ranging from art and cooking to healthy ageing workshops and book clubs. I am present with them during the day, partaking in activities and also leading yoga classes. Soon we will introduce spirituality groups that I will facilitate in English and Spanish to formally hold the rich stories and meaning-making that folks share in their informal conversations over cards and coffee.  As chaplain [...]

Field Education Profile: Shelby Johnson 2018-11-05T17:44:30+00:00

Discovering Islam’s Beauty at Seminary

I could hear my parents concern when I told them I was applying to Union: They were, after all, only reflecting the doubts and questions I had been wrestling with for the past year. What could I possibly learn about Islam through classes on the Old Testament? Wouldn’t I just be taking on more loans with no promise of a job when I graduate? Ultimately why was I, a brown Muslim-American immigrant named Mohammad, called to New York City to study Islam at a seminary grounded in the Christian faith? Mohammad Mia is a first-year M.Div. student in Union’s Islam & Interreligious Engagement Program While I like to believe that I’m the one who chose to pursue Islamic studies at Union, I recognize that the choice was made long before I was ever aware. In Islam there is a tremendous significance to the names we give our children,—they ascribe not only our aspirations but the character [...]

Discovering Islam’s Beauty at Seminary 2018-09-22T07:55:52+00:00

Live Stream: Community Read and Book Discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 PM, for the live stream of our conversation about the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption with The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of EDS at Union, and Michelle Alexander, Visiting Professor of Social Justice at Union and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Please share your information below to gain access to the live steam. Join the Live Stream Name* First Last Email* jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_render', function(event, formId, currentPage){if(formId == 20) {} } );jQuery(document).bind('gform_post_conditional_logic', function(event, formId, fields, isInit){} ); jQuery(document).ready(function(){jQuery(document).trigger('gform_post_render', [20, 1]) } ); The post Live Stream: Community Read and Book Discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption appeared first on Union Theological Seminary.

Live Stream: Community Read and Book Discussion of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 2018-09-11T10:48:00+00:00

Union and Coalition for the Homeless Launch Homelessness Impact Fellowship Program

NEW YORK — Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union), an international leader in theological education with a deep commitment to social justice, in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless (Coalition), the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children, are pleased to announce the launch of the Homelessness Impact Fellowship Program, an innovative program focused on developing the next generation of leaders to address homelessness. The Homelessness Impact Fellowship Program will use a combination of study, reflection and community engagement to provide students an opportunity to develop and apply social impact skills in the context of New York City’s historic homelessness crisis.  Fellowship awardees receive a fully-funded, exceptional educational and practical experience – including fieldwork with the Coalition for the Homeless – as well as a stipend. “Union has a long history of partnering with organizations to address important social justice issues. We look forward to [...]

Union and Coalition for the Homeless Launch Homelessness Impact Fellowship Program 2018-08-16T14:49:00+00:00

Union Theological Seminary launches new center to develop social impact leaders

August 14, 2018 NEW YORK — Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union), an international leader in theological education grounded in service and social justice,  announces the launch of the Center for Community Engagement and Social Justice (Center). Through the Center, Union will build on its foundation to create leaders and support important community and social efforts to impact positive change. The challenges of the world are significant and individuals with the skills and mindsets to lead in this environment are needed more than ever.  Fortunately, there are many individuals who hear the call to lead in their communities, for social issues, such as race, gender, and immigration, and for the environment.  Union is focused on understanding the skills and mindsets required to be successful in realizing the change they desire in the world, providing a ‘place’ where convening and discussion can thrive, and offering educational programs and practical experiences to develop social impact [...]

Union Theological Seminary launches new center to develop social impact leaders 2018-08-14T16:56:00+00:00
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