"I am the Vine..."
Join us on October 10 and 11 for Union Days!
Union Days is a time for all alumni/ae, students, and friends of the Seminary to reconnect with one another and with the school.
Special attention is given to the reunion of the 50th (1963) anniversary class, as well as other classes celebrating milestone anniversaries. Our reunion classes, with returning alumni/ae, enjoy meals together with faculty, a reception with the President, time for remembering classmates who have passed, and times for worshiping as a community. All of these activities are woven together with Union-caliber academic programing to create a very special two days on campus.
Union Days is also the time when the Alumni/ae Council honors four exceptional Union alumni/as at the Unitas Award Ceremony, which is followed by a banquet.
Seminary alumni/ae, faculty, friends, staff, and current students are always welcome to participate and share in the unique community time available during Union Days.
Please note: Registration is required.
Keynote Address: “What time is it? What time is where you live?”
Featuring: Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics
Geologists have a long view of time. Yet they say we live on the cusp of a new geological age—the Anthropocene. They mean that Earth, for the first time, is dominated by cumulative human activities that change the planet's core surface processes. What does that mean for religion, ethics and the way we live? Historians, too, have a long view of time. They note that most world religions arose in the same period—the Axial Age. And now they ask if we might be entering another Axial Age, another time of profound spiritual creativity. What time it is where you live? If we are entering the Anthropocene, and if we are on the brink of a second Axial Age, community resilience will be indispensable. Are there signs resilience is building?
Discussions and Workshops
In addition to the keynote address, Union will host discussions led by Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, and Hal Taussig, Visiting Professor of New Testament, on Friday, October 11. Workshop sessions for alumni/ae, students, and friends also will be available.
Union also will offer campus and library tours as well as a special morning walk with Union’s Body Caucus, a student group.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, October 10
10:00 am Registration Begins
11:00 am Seminary Tour & Library Tour
12:30 pm Chapel
1:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm "Reconnect & Remember"
4:00 pm Affiliated Group Meetings, Seminary Tour, Library Tour,
Reunion Gatherings (Continued)
5:30 pm Champagne & Tea with President Jones
6:30 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "What time is it? What time is it where you live?"
SPEAKER: Larry Rasmussen
8:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Pub
Friday, October 11
7:30 am Walk with Body Caucus
9:00 am Breakfast and Planned Giving Session
10:00 am Chapel
11:00 am Introducing A New New Testament: a 21st Century Bible with Traditional and Newly Discovered Books
SPEAKER: Hal Taussig
12:00 pm Lunch with Dean Mary Boys and the Alumni/ae Council
1:30 pm "A Conversation with Gary Dorrien"
SPEAKER: Gary Dorrien
3:00 pm Workshop Session
(A) Reimagining American Protestantism
(B) The Greening of the Church
(C) Poverty Initiative
4:30 pm Unitas Refreshments
5:00 pm Unitas Ceremony
7:00 pm Unitas Banquet
2013 Unitas Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards
Each October during Union Days alumni/ae, through the Alumni/ae Council, honor their own with the Unitas Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards. The recipients represent all Union graduates who have distinguished themselves in the church, academy, and society across the country and around the world.
The Rev. Dr. Luis Cortés, Jr., MDiv 1981. Recognized as a national leader of Hispanic concerns and community development, Rev. Cortés founded Esperanza (formerly known as Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Esperanza USA) in 1987. The inspiration for Esperanza grew out of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, also founded by Rev. Cortés in 1982. He is the author of several books and has won numerous awards and honors. He was featured as one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals” in January 2005, and he had the privilege of offering the invocation prayer at the Inaugural Luncheon for President Obama following the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies.
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, MDiv 1982, PhD 1988. The first African-American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the Southern Ohio Diocese (and one of only five nationwide at the time), Dr. Douglas is the Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion and Director of the Religion Program at Goucher College in Maryland. She is the author of several books, most recently The Black Body and The Black Church / A Blues Slant, and was honored as a Womanist Legend by the Black Religious Scholars Group in March, 2012.
The Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Morse, STM 1968, PhD 1976. Appointed to the Union Faculty in 1974, Dr. Morse was installed as the first incumbent of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics in 1994, and taught at Union for 39 years until his retirement in 2013. He has lectured around the world on Bonhoeffer's theological legacy and a variety of other topics, among them dogmatics, American politics, hermeneutics, metaphysics, ethics, and the apocalypse. His major published work is Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief, a text used by a number of schools and seminaries, and now in its second edition.
Dr. Steven C. Rockefeller, MDiv 1963, PhD 1973. Professor Emeritus of Religion and former Dean of the College at Middlebury College, Dr. Rockefeller is actively involved in the Earth Charter Initiative, which has endeavored to identify and articulate shared values that provide an ethical foundation for the emerging global community. From 2000 to 2010 he served as co-chair of the Earth Charter International Council, which has 100 affiliates in 57 different countries. The Earth Charter has been translated into 40 languages and endorsed by over 5,000 organizations globally, including UNESCO and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
How to Get Involved/Questions
Are you interested in coordinating a time for your classmates or special interest group to gather during this year's Union Days? Do you have questions about the events planned for Union Days 2013? If so, contact Melissa M. Fuest, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 212-280-1419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Registration is required.