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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Cops, Community, Clergy Gather to Improve Community-Police Relations

Diverse Faith Leaders Meet Friday to Call for Cops, Community, Clergy Sabbath Weekend Gathering aimed at intentional police-community dialogue in houses of worship FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joey Longley, 419-953-5495, jlongley@uts.columbia.edu NEW YORK, NY—As protests continue to spread across the country in the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men and women by law enforcement, a diverse group of faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and community members will gather on Friday, May 22 at 8:00am to call for a “Cops, Community, and Clergy Sabbath Weekend.” The weekend, planned for June 12-14, aims to be a time for intentional dialogue between police officers and members of the community. “As faith leaders, we are committed to the hard work of reconciliation,” said Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones. “This year has exposed the deep and tragic [...]

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Vice President Al Gore and LGBT Activist Mandy Carter Awarded Union Medal

UNION MEDAL TO BE AWARDED TO VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE AND LGBT ACTIVIST MANDY CARTER AT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S 177TH COMMENCEMENT Gore and Carter’s lifetime of faithful activism beautifully exemplifies the spirit of Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joey Longley | jlongley@uts.columbia.edu | 419.953.5495 NEW YORK, NY — Former Vice President Al Gore and LGBT activist Mandy Carter will receive the Union Medal, the highest honor awarded by Union Theological Seminary, at the school’s 177th Commencement Ceremony on May 15th at 4:00pm. The ceremony will be streamed live at https://utsnyc.edu/commencement-live/ “Union Theological Seminary is a unique and truly extraordinary institution that educates, inspires and empowers leaders uniquely suited to help humanity embrace and successfully deal with the greatest moral challenges of our time,” said Gore. “I am deeply honored and genuinely humbled to receive the [...]

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Incarcerated Women Reflect On Jesus’ Seven Last Words On The Cross

by HuffPost Religion Editors | The Huffington Post | April 3, 2015 On Good Friday, many Christians reflect on what are known as the seven last words — the final statements Jesus Christ said while on the cross, as recorded by the canonical gospels. For some people in prison, these words can be particularly affecting. David Carr, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, teaches a course called “Trauma and the Bible” to female inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York state’s only maximum security prison for women. Half of the students in the course are prisoners finishing degrees in sociology in the Marymount Manhattan College Bedford Hills College program, while the other half of the students in the class are enrolled at Union Seminary. Although Carr has spent years studying, teaching and writing about [...]

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2015 Commencement

Union Celebrates Commencement Class of 2015 Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Seminary Quadrangle (Rain: James Chapel) Commencement Event Schedule Watch Live! Monday, May 4th End-of-Semester Cookout 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Seminary Quadrangle Tuesday, May 12th Interfaith Commissioning McGiffert Roof 6:00 p.m. Reception Following Service Wednesday, May 13th Roman Catholic Women Commissioning Lampman Chapel 2:00 p.m. Reception Following Service Students of Color Commissioning James Chapel 7:00 p.m. Reception Following Service Thursday, May 14th PhD Rehearsal Quad 5:30 p.m. PhD Dinner (Only PhD Graduates & their Partners, Pres. Jones, Dean Boys & Advisors) 6:00p.m. TBD Queer Commissioning James Chapel 7:00 p.m. Reception Following Service in the Refectory Honoring Union Medalist Mandy Carter RSVP now! Friday, May 15th Commencement Communion Service James Chapel 10:30 a.m. Brunch Refectory 11:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony Quad (Rain Site: James Chapel) 4:00 [...]

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