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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This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Emilie Grace Briggs, the first woman to…

This Women’s History Month, we celebrate Emilie Grace Briggs, the first woman to graduate from Union Theological Seminary in 1897. Due to her high academic standing, she was the first person to walk across the stage at her commencement. There are no known photos of Briggs, however she is thought to be furthest or 2nd to the right in the drawing shown in this post. While she helped pave the way for women students at Union, her time was not always welcoming. She was forbidden to be in the graduating class picture, and no official record of her having earned a degree from Union exists, save her alumna file. After graduating, she devoted her life to biblical exegesis and continued at Union as a Ph.D. student, focusing on the study of ‘women as deacons.’ She [...]

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Union Theological Seminary invites its cherished alumni/ae to join our virtual s…

Union Theological Seminary invites its cherished alumni/ae to join our virtual series of ReUnion events from Sunday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 21. This is a celebratory occasion to return, rejoice and reflect with one another and with the institution. We will have a full day of academic and spiritual activities for Union Alumni/ae during ReUnion. A single registration is required to receive the login credentials to enter the virtual spaces for each session. Each day will begin with Morning Joy, highlighting diverse spiritual enrichment methods to start one’s day and we will end with Reflection to conclude the day in community. Daily, we will host Faculty Lectures, Chapel and Worship Services, Anniversary Class Hangouts, and Difficult Conversations, workshops on creating inclusive and welcoming congregations. . RSVP @ the link in bio.by unionseminary

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White nationalists are once again using Christian symbols to spread hate

"The use of Christian symbols, iconography, Scripture in efforts to dominate and exclude are as old the republic itself." -@Rev. Fred Davie, #Union executive vice president in USA TODAY. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/28/white-nationalists-use-christian-symbols-send-messages-racists/4457702001/ White nationalists are once again using Christian symbols to spread hateWhite nationalists across the U.S. are using Christian symbols to spread a message of hate and violence, experts warn. Pastors are pushing back.

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