Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary has always embodied the freedom to learn and the freedom to teach—ideals that may be more critical than ever to churches and society at this moment in history. Founded in 1836, Union forged a new vision for theological education: to center ministerial training in an urban context so that academic excellence and personal faith might respond to the needs of the city.

Today, a new Union in a world city remains faithful to that vision. With roots that are firmly planted in the Protestant, Reformed tradition, the Seminary continues to reform itself in response to the changing needs of the world and an evolving understanding of what it means to be faithful.

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of theology established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church.” Union prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, Union’s graduates make a difference wherever they serve.

Union Theological Seminary News

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Dr. Beth Bidlack Joins Union Theological Seminary as Associate Academic Dean

Dr. Beth Bidlack Joins Union Theological Seminary as Associate Academic Dean  Union Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Bidlack as its new Associate Academic Dean. In this role, Beth will work closely with Mary C. Boys, the Dean of Academic Affairs, in the leadership and administration of the Academic Office. Beth’s work will include leading innovation in curricular and co-curricular programming; assessment of student learning; curricular design and development; the development and implementation of academic policies; and the academic oversight of students. Some of her specific projects will include coordinating Union’s self-studies for re-accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and Middle States Commission on Higher Education; teaching a seminar to support M.A. and M.Div. students who are writing theses; and building relationships with outside agencies to explore new [...]

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2016 Commencement

Union Celebrates Commencement Class of 2016 Friday, May 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Watch live Seminary Quadrangle (Rain: James Chapel) Commencement Event Schedule Tuesday, May 10th Unitarian Universalists (UU) Commissioning Lampman Chapel 5-7 pm This Year-End Blessing ceremony is now a tradition for Unitarian Universalists studying at Union. Come celebrate the great vibrancy of this liberal faith by honoring those UU seminarians who are graduating this year and by helping us commission them in the ministries they are poised to offer the wider world. Wednesday, May 11th Students of Color Commissioning James Chapel 7-9 pm The Student of Color Commissioning is a celebration of the achievements and a rite of passage for graduates of color as they prepare to engage with the world beyond the halls of Union Theological Seminary. This special commissioning embraces and mirrors [...]

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Katie Cannon and C.T. Vivian to Receive Union Medal

This year’s Commencement Union Medal recipients will be Katie Cannon ’83 and C.T. Vivian. Both Cannon and Vivian will give a short charge to our graduates at Commencement. You can find short bios of both Cannon and Vivian below. Click the links to read more of their bios. The first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Cannon focuses her work in the areas of Christian ethics, Womanist theology, and women in religion and society. She has lectured nationally on theological and ethical topics and is the author or editor of numerous articles and seven books including Katie’s Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community and Black Womanist Ethics. Read more. Union Professor Andrea White says of Dr. Cannon, “‘My fascination with words has no conscious beginning,’ writes Katie Cannon in [...]

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Serene Jones on President Obama’s Nomination of Merrick Garland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joey Longley, jlongley@uts.columbia.edu, 419-953-5495 Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones released the following statement after President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court “President Obama has done his job. Now the Senate needs to do theirs. Considering Judge Garland is the right thing to do. The Senate does not get to decide when a president’s term is over; the Constitution has already decided that. Senators should meet with Judge Garland, hold a confirmation hearing, and move on an up or down vote. At the beginning of an already rancorous campaign season, this is the time that the Senate can show strong moral leadership by working to heal the divides in our nation instead of driving us further apart.“ The  Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of [...]

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