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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The second annual Millennial Leaders Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joey Longley, Union Theological Seminary, 419-953-5495, jlongley@uts.columbia.edu NEW YORK, NY– The second annual Millennial Leaders Project, taking place at Union Theological Seminary on July 20-24, will bring together 50 millennial-generation leaders in faith, social justice, and activism from across the United States. “For some, activism is an expression of their spirituality,” said Millennial Leaders Project director Stephen Tickner. “For others, activism is their form of spiritual practice. Union’s Millennial Leaders Project (MLP) Summer Conference offers a structured space for millennial generation leaders, organizers and activists to examine the intersections of social justice and spirituality in their work and lives.” Last year was the Project’s pilot year, in which 39 Millennial Leaders gathered to support each other’s work, share strategies, and learn new ways to live into their calling. The Millennial Leaders [...]

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A statement from the Union Community:

A statement from the Union Community: Dear Friends, It is with a heavy heart that we express our profound sadness for the victims of the shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church last night in Charleston, South Carolina. At this point, words fail to capture the anger, confusion, grief, pain, and trauma that we feel. We wish for the words that we do have to hold the families of those we’ve lost last night. We pray for the comfort of those who knew and loved the nine people who were stolen from us. We recognize that the A.M.E. church is part of the fabric of the story of Black liberation. Emanuel Church was founded by worshipers who labored to escape the evil of slavery in the United States. This particular church has served as the site [...]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Joey Longley, 419-953-5495 CORNEL WEST AND JASON COLLINS TO DISCUSS SEXUALITY, SPORTS, AND SPIRITUALITY AT UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY NEW YORK, NY — The NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins, will join an all-star panel including Cornel West, Caroline Dessert, and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns to discuss the intersection of sports, sexuality, and spirituality. The public panel is sponsored by and will take place at Union Theological Seminary on Tuesday, June 30th, with lunch starting at noon and the panel running from 12:30 to 2:00. The panel will be live streamed at utsnyc.edu, and the public is welcome to join the discussion in person by RSVPing here. Event is open to all press. “Religion should bring communities together through love and acceptance,” said Collins. “Unfortunately, there are those who use religion as a [...]

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Acclaimed Author And Scholar Robert Wright Coming To Union Theological Seminary For 18-Month Templeton Grant

Grant covers teaching and cultivating ideas about the relationship between science and spirituality. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joey Longley, 419-953-5495, jlongley@uts.columbia.edu NEW YORK, NY — Robert Wright, scholar, journalist, and award-winning author of several bestsellers on religion and science, will join Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York for an 18-month grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation beginning this summer. “It’s great to be at a seminary that’s so open to new ideas and with an activist air about it,” said Wright. “One of my goalsat Union is to delve deeper into the question of how we develop a worldview that is spiritual, but totally compatible with and informed by science.” Over the next 18 months, Wright will utilize the resources available to him at Union toteach, write, speak, and host forums. [...]

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