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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EXISTING IS RESISTING!

November 11, 2016   "EXISTING IS RESISTING!" #uniontheologicalseminary stands in solidarity with the Latinx/a/o, Black, POC, Queer, LGBTQIA, Muslim, Immigrants, Undocmented People of #ColumbiaUniversity, #BarnardCollege, #TeachersCollege, #jewishtheologicalseminary and the #ManhattanSchoolofMusic. "Our communities will support each other in our unified fight against the racism, [misogyny, Islamophobia, xenophobia], and hatred that Trump and his supporters stand for and have instigated/revealed/reignited across the country! Thanks to #LALSA of Columbia University for hosting this gathering.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary

A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary By Alexander C. Kafka When Michelle Alexander’s white Lutheran mother, Sandra, and black Methodist father, John, wanted to get married in Chicago in 1965, neither of their churches wanted to perform the service. A Methodist pastor did reluctantly preside over the ceremony. Still, Sandra felt betrayed. “She raised us with a strong spiritual grounding,” recalls Ms. Alexander, “but with the understanding that you don’t necessarily find God and find spirituality in churches and that churches can often be on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of love.” On its face, then, it’s strange that Ms. Alexander, author of the best-selling The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2010), is “walking away from the law” and her recent [...]

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The Brian Lehrer Show: America Needs a New Theology

Michelle Alexander, a visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary, civil rights advocate and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012), and Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, discuss the need for a new common narrative about who we are as a country, which incorporates America’s morally flawed history. Listen to the interview below.

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UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TO OFFER NEW DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE FOCUSING ON SUPERVISORY CLINICAL SPIRITUAL CARE EDUCATION

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY TO OFFER NEW DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE FOCUSING ON SUPERVISORY CLINICAL SPIRITUAL CARE EDUCATION (New York, N.Y. September 4, 2016) – Union Theological Seminary, the oldest independent seminary in the United States, located in New York City, will offer its first Doctor of Ministry program starting in January 2017 to enhance the practice of ministry among supervisory clinical spiritual care educators. Courses in theology, systems and group theory, interreligious engagement, social justice and adult education will prepare students for service in multicultural and interreligious contexts, in alignment with the requirements for certification as a supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education. Union President Serene Jones says: “The integration of theology, psychology, and clinical training has a long and distinguished history at Union. So we are delighted to launch a Doctor of Ministry program that [...]

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