UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY LAUNCHES “THE ENCORE TRANSITION PROGRAM” FOUR-MONTH SERIES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SKILLS AND TOOLS FOR BABY BOOMERS AND ALTERNATIVE STUDENTS SEEKING TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE BY DOING WORK IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

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 participants to new environments where they can put their values into action.
“Union believes that being pro-active in addressing critical issues that impact our society and creating positive social change is of the highest priority,” explained Rev. Dr. Serene Jones. “With the Encore Transition Program, we see ourselves as “fellow travelers” in this emerging new stage of adult life, and we look forward to sharing and learning from program participants.”
The Encore Transition Program combines the spiritual and theological perspective of an ecumenical seminary and the application of real-world praxis for undertaking an important life transition. The program will be facilitated by a recent M.A. graduate of Union, Ruth A. Wooden, who enrolled at Union as her “encore”

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