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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Rev. Nicholas S. Richards ’09

Rev. Nicholas S. Richards ’09* Assistant Minister for Global Outreach Abyssinian Baptist Church New York NY What do you do? I’m one of the ministers at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York. I’m Abyssinian’s minister for global outreach, and I’m also the Executive Secretary for the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention.  Because of the interest at Abyssinian to internationalize its voice regarding economic development, four years ago we started an NGO, aptly named The Abyssinian Fund, which has a focus on reducing poverty by supporting coffee farmers in Ethiopia to develop specialty coffees that will soon be available for sale in the United States. That project started when Abyssinian sponsored a group of 200 people to visit Ethiopia, which was for me a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always cherish. We [...]

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Rev. Dr. Carol Burnett, M.Div. ’82

Rev. Dr. Carol Burnett, M.Div. ’82 Executive Director, Moore Community House Biloxi MS What do you do? Since 1989 I have been the Executive Director of Moore Community House (MCH), a non-profit community center that is one of the United Methodist Women’s national mission institutions. MCH serves low-income families in east Biloxi, MS, by providing two programs that research shows make the most strategic and positive difference in moving low-income families closer to self-sufficiency: quality, affordable early childhood education (Early Head Start) and job training that leads to higher paying employment (Women in Construction). In addition, MCH sponsors Congregations for Children, a statewide advocacy network of people of faith promoting public policies to improve circumstances for poor children in MS. Growing out of MCH’s work with low-income families, I founded the Mississippi Low-Income Child-Care Initiative [...]

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Anti-Police Brutality Protesters Arrested in December Say Constitutional Rights Were Violated by NYPD

Some anti-police brutality protesters arrested in December now say their constitutional rights were violated by the NYPD. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report. Several protesters arrested and brought to police headquarters for questioning last year say they now feel they were treated like political prisoners. “They were asking all sorts of questions about, how did I find out about this protest? Were there places on social media that they could follow in order to discover the location of other protests?” said Benjamin Perry, one protester who was arrested. Perry and Shawn Torres are students at Union Theological Seminary who attended a rally after Officer Daniel Panteleo was not indicted in the death of Eric Garner. They were among those handcuffed and slapped with charges that ranged from blocking traffic to resisting arrest. Lawyers for [...]

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