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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New York, NY (November 29, 2016) Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, announced the launch of the Encore Transition Program, a four-month series beginning in January 2017, designed to provide faith-based and spiritual guidance for people 55 and older who are looking to make a career change by doing work in social justice. The program is specifically shaped to address the country’s unusual time of discernment and to provide a dialogue and experiential learning for transitioning to an “encore” stage of life, working in a social justice setting. The Encore Transition Program at Union embodies a social trend in the country, at a time when the aging in America can help advance both personal and social renewal. The program is modeled on a graduate seminar with an experiential learning component to introduce [...]

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Interfaith Appeal for Justice at Standing Rock

President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 November 11, 2016 Dear Mr. President, As faith leaders from across the nation, we write to you with a sense of urgency regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the opposition to it led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We believe that you are aware that many of our denominations have made strong public statements of support of the Tribe and are actively encouraging solidarity among our members. We view with great alarm the increased militarization and disproportionately violent response to peaceful protesters, the mislabeling of prayerful gatherings as “riots,” the illegal use of attack dogs and chemical sprays, and militaristic aggression on October 27 with armored tanks and heavily armed police that is more commonly associated with wars. So egregious was this recent [...]

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Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary

November 9, 2016 via email - subscribe Dear Friends, In the wake of this week’s Presidential election, the Faculty of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York have written the following letter to the community, expressing their grave concerns about the outcome and assuring everyone of their continued commitment to moving forward with the important work of Union. I hope you have time to read it. Peace, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones   Dear UTS friends, We, the undersigned faculty of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, believe it is crucial to express our deep concerns about the results of the November 8, 2016 election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. In his campaign, President-elect Trump has blasphemed the most fundamental values of our community and our nation. [...]

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The Day After

November 9, 2016 Pamela Cooper-White, Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pamela-cooperwhite/the-day-after_b_12891774.html - The day after the election and the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht So here we are. The Day After has arrived. And it doesn’t look like we’d hoped. As things began to unravel last night, I realized how even in my most cynical moments - even after making studied comparisons to the rise of fascism in the 20th century - I truly hadn’t expected this. I expected a tougher race than predicted, but I now recognize that I was doing a bit of anticipatory grieving while fully expecting an evening and a morning of relief and celebration. Trump-ism would not be gone, and the hate speech Trump had unleashed would not easily be put back in Pandora’s [...]

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