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.

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Announcing the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary

New Center Unites Environmentalism with Religious and Humanist Moral Concerns For Immediate Release, April 22, 2015 Contact: Shay O’Reilly 212-280-1425 gso2107@utsnyc.edu New York, NY — Facing the reality of human-caused global climate change, people of conscience from around the world came together at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York last fall for the Religions for the Earth Conference. The success of that conference has led to the creation of the new Center for Earth Ethics, launching today at Union and headed by Karenna Gore (Union MA ’13), with the aim of further articulating and enacting a moral response to the climate crisis and its root causes. “People are understanding climate in a new way that recognizes the spiritual dimensions of this crisis,” Gore said. “It’s important now to move from talk to action, [...]

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Seth Pickens, M.Div.’ 06

Seth Pickens, M.Div.’ 06 Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church Los Angeles CA What do you do? I’m pastor of the Zion Hill Baptist Church in Los Angeles, and I’m also completing an doctoral program in education (Ed.D.) at the University of Southern California. I’m writing my dissertation now and expect to graduate in May 2015. So I’m a pastor, educator, and spiritual leader in the community. My doctoral program is a great opportunity to examine the challenges and resources for pastoral leadership in the twenty-first century. In particular, I’m investigating the skills needed for pastors in a changing cultural context. The general trend is that congregations are losing members and financial giving is down. At the same time, pastors are working hard (on average 57 hours per week) and showing signs of stress and fatigue. [...]

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