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.

Union Theological Seminary News

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Training Tomorrow’s Spiritual Healers

Union sat down with Union Rabbi Jeffery Silberman, Director of the new Doctor of Ministry program in supervisory spiritual care education, to ask him how this new program will help CPE supervisors. The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Union: Can you tell me a little bit about your background, what brought you into this work? JS: I’ve been doing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for over 30 years now. I started 37 years ago, doing CPE for the first time. I’ve always enjoyed it. When I was ordained as a rabbi, I started out in a synagogue in Boston, and it was not particularly fulfilling for me. When I went into CPE, meeting people one on one, it was a totally different ballgame. I felt like I made a difference. I felt like [...]

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Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison ’81 Announces June 30 Retirement from Union Theological Seminary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Respected Director of Alumni/ae Relations to be Succeeded by Rev. Emily E. Odom ‘90 New York City, NY — The Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, director of alumni/ae relations for Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, has announced that he plans to retire from that position — which has held since 2013 — effective June 30. Over the past three and a half years, Ellison has been largely responsible for launching a national alumni/ae chapter program that has served to connect and engage alumni/ae in the life of the Seminary. In this important role, he has also staffed the Seminary’s Alumni/ae Council in its mission to support and promote Union’s mission. Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison ’81 “I am thankful to have worked as a member of Union’s outstanding Development [...]

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Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas ’82, ’88 – Scholar & Racial Justice Activist – Named EDS’s New Dean Cambridge, MA –  Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary today announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018. President of the Faculty, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and Board Chair, Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr., sign the affiliation agreement with EDS shortly before Union’s 2017 Commencement Exercises. “We had three goals when we began to plan this news phase in EDS’s life,” said the Rev. Dr. Gary Hall, chair of the EDS board. “We wanted to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting program, deepen our historic commitment to [...]

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