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November 13th Gathering of the Boston Metro Alumni/ae Chapter

L to R:  Meagan Manas '08, Bishop Christopher Senyonjo '66, and Karen Hessel '83.


October 30th Gathering of the New York City Metro Alumni/ae Chapter

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo speaking at an October 30 gathering of the Metro New York chapter of The Union Alumni/ae Network.  A remarkably courageous and faithful advocate for LBGTQ rights and the rights of other marginalized persons in Uganda and worldwide.  

October 23 inaugural gathering of the Maine chapter of The Union Alumni/ae Network

(L to R) Virginia Derr '79, Larry Estey '69, Birger Johnson '51, Will Saunders '70 (back), Judith Blanchard '79, Jill Small '83, Bill Bliss '88 (back), Katharine Lynn, Marvin Ellison '81, Karen Hessel '83, Robert Lynn '62 (back), Priscilla Dreyman '74.

5 Reasons to Be Religiously Literate
Andrew Schwartz  Andrew Schwartz has publish an article on Huffington post deaing with the importance religious Literacy in the broader culture. Read More>>

Rev. Nicholas Stuart Richards, M.Div. ’09, gave the keynote address at New York state's annual ceremony honoring Dr. King.
Rev. Nicholas Stuart Richards Monday mornings don’t usually call for celebration in the capital city, but Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014 certainly did as Albany hosted New York state’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance ceremony. Read More>>

Three Islands in My Life and Minsitry
James Parker Keller James Parker Keller, MDiv '55, has published Three Islands in My Life and Ministry, an account of his non-traditional ministry that begins at Union Theological Seminary. To read more about the book, click here>>

Peiffer '03 Appointed Pastor
  Rev. Steven Peiffer, M.Div. '03, has been appointed pastor at First United Methodist Church in Wallingford. Read More>>

A Habit of Service
  Rev. Tamara Torres, M.Div. '12, responds to tornado damage in Oklahoma. Read More>>

As Subject and Object

John Shorb, M.Div. '07, contributes the piece "Disaster Scroll" to the Museum of Biblical Art's exhibit "As Subject and Object."  Read More>>

He will also have a solo exhibition, WAKING, at Long Island University from September 1st to 27th, with an opening reception on September 12th.

Rev. Bernard Wilson '84 to Lead Board of UCC
Berard Wilson Rev. Bernard Wilson, STM '84, has been chosen to lead the board of the United Church of Christ. Read More>>

Rev. Jude Geiger Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 reacts to the George Zimmerman verdict. Read More>>

Cleveland Clinic Appoints the Rev. Amy Greene, M.Div., '08 to Lead Department of Spiritual Care
Cleveland Clinic 

Cleveland Clinic has named the Rev. Amy Greene, Union alumna,  as its Director of Spiritual Care to lead a team of chaplains that care for the spiritual needs of patients, their families and caregivers. Read More>>

Silence, Noise and Hate Crimes
Silence, Noise and Hate Crimes 

Rev. G. Jude Geiger, M.Div., ' 08 writes about recent violence against members of the LGBTQ community in NYC.

"I finally saw a map depicting the last six instances of gay-targeting hate crimes in Manhattan since April 1. Young men beaten into unconsciousness. Killed. All in places that I've considered part of my home, or my neighborhood, or where I've met friends time and time again. That pizza place. This diner. I walk past that spot every day. That used to be my commuting line." Read More>>

Rev. Jude Geiger, M.Div, '08 appointed as the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Rev. Jude Geiger 

"Huntington Fellowship Elects 'Perfect Match' New Minister"

"At a special congregational meeting following services on April 21st, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington cast an overwhelmingly positive vote to welcome the Reverend Jude Geiger as their new minister." Read More>>

Rev. Dr. Edward G. Horstmann, ’85 M.Div. appointed senior minister at the Round Hill Community Church.
Rev. Dr. Edward G. Horstmann  The Round Hill Community Church will welcome its new senior minister, the Rev. Dr. Edward G. Horstmann, on June 2, when he will lead the service. Following, there will be what promises to be an especially festive celebratory picnic at the Community House. Read More>>

Rev. Burkey Appointed to First Church of Christ
Julia Burkey

Rev. Julia Burkey, M.Div. '12, is the new pastor of First Church of Christ in  Middletown, CT. Read More>>

Rev. Dr. Jenks Appointed to The United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor
Deborah Jenks

Rev. Dr. Deborah Jenks, M.Div. '82, has been appointed to The United Church of Christ of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor. Read More>>

The World of the Child in the Hebrew Bible, a book by Naomi Steinberg ‘75
The World of the Child in the Hebrew Bible  The question 'What is a child?' is not easily answered. To make us aware of the multiple factors that contribute to the social construction of childhood in the Hebrew Bible, Naomi Steinberg draws on ethno-historical evidence and incorporates the insights of contemporary social studies of childhood. Through close readings of Genesis 21, 1 Samuel 1 and Exodus 21.22-25, she argues that chronological age and biological immaturity do not determine the boundaries of childhood in biblical Israel. Read More>>

Norris Chumley, MA, '02, MPhil, '06 and PhD, '08, Receives Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council

Norris Chumley, MA, '02, MPhil, '06 and PhD, '08 won the Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council, for his Columbia national radio series, "Rethinking Religion: Harlem Renaissance, Music, Religion and the Politics of Race." Read More>>

Kneeling at the Altar of Science: The Mistake Path of Contemporary Religious Scientism, a book by Robert Bolger '02
Kneeling at the Altar of Science 

In Kneeling at the Altar of Science, Robert Bolger ’02, argues that much of the recent writing in science and religion falls prey to the practice of what he calls "religious scientism," or the attempt to use science to explain and clarify certain religious concepts. Bolger then shows, with clarity and humor, how religious scientism harms rather than helps, arguing in the end that religious concepts do better when their meaning is found in the context of their religious use. This book promises to be a fresh approach to the ever-popular dialogue between science and religion. Read More>>

Meditations on the Good News: 
Reading the Bible for Today
Debra W. Haffner 

The Reverend Debra W. Haffner ’02 had never really read the Bible until she was in her forties and attending seminary. Like many people, she believed that the Bible was primarily a book of “thou shalt not’s,” and that its teachings were not relevant. Once she began studying scripture, Haffner discovered to her surprise that she was inspired by many of its passages and insights. This awakening ultimately resulted in her new book, Meditations on the Good News: Reading the Bible for Today. Read More>>

How Maps Change Things
Ward Kaiser Rev. Dr. Ward L. Kaiser, M.Div. '49, has published How Maps Change Things:  A Conversation about the Maps We Choose and the World We Want.  Read More>>

A Biological Depiction of Grace
Jude Geiger 150 Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes about a biomathematical conception of grace. Read More>>

Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa '73 Appointed Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor
 Beverly Roberts Gaventa Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, M.Div. '73, has been appointed Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University.  Read More>>

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight '80 to Give King Address
 Carolyn Ann Knight The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight, M.Div. '80, will be the featured speaker at McCormick's Annual King Worship and Praise Celebration in January.  Read More>>

Liberal Theology and the Uncertainness of God
Jude Geiger 150 Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes about Unitarian Universalist understandings of theology for the Huffington Post:  "Plurality of belief reflects the world we actually live in. Our theology, liberal theology, is seeking ways to speak to this truth." Read More>>

Eating for Fullness
Jude Geiger 150 Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 reflects on Hurricane Sandy, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday.  Read More>>

Gay Activist Irene Monroe '90 Speaks OUT
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Rev. Irene Monroe, M.Div. '90, gives an interview to Charlotte Robinson of OUTTAKE VOICES. She discusses race, religion, sexuality, and democracy. Read More>>

Rev. Dr. McMickle '73 Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award at Princeton
Rev. Marvin A. McMickle

Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, M.Div. '73, has been honored with a distinguished alumni award from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Read More>>

Rev. Nicholas S. Richards '09 Appointed New Foreign Mission Board Executive Secretary
Rev. Nicholas Richards

The National Baptist Convention has appointed Rev. Nicholas S. Richards, M.Div. '09, the new Executive Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board.  Read More>>

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 on Belief, Faith, and Unrest
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes for The Huffington Post about the difference between faith and belief:  "Since the rise of Christian Fundamentalism in the past 40 years, we've tended to conflate the two in the United States. For example, 'You're only a true Christian if you adhere to these strict set of beliefs.' But that's a modern sense of religious life. It's also a Western sense of religious life. I will also suggest, it's not in line with central Christian teachings."  Read More>>

Rev. Lawrence Pray '64 Publishes Book on Body and Soul after Brain Injury
Thresholds by Lawrence Pray
Rev. Lawrence Pray '64 has published his most recent book, Thresholds: Connecting Body and Soul after Brain Injury. It describes his insights into theology and church history after a series of life-threatening strokes. Read More>>

Rev. Gabriel Salguero Ranked among Top Latino Religious Leaders

Former Union student Rev. Gabriel Salguero has been ranked among the nation's top Latino religious leaders by The Huffington Post.  Read More>>

Union Mourns the Passing of Louis W. Schneider M.Div., '38
Louis W. Schneider  Louis W. Schneider [M.Div., '38], whose four decades of work with the American Friends Service Committee saw him involved in crucial events on a national and world stage during the latter half of the 20th century but who always returned to his Glenmoore farm to tend his garden, has died. He was 97. Read More>>

Rev. Marvin A. McMickle M.Div., '73, Preacher, Activist to Give Guest Lecture
Rev. Marvin A. McMickle 

Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, [Union M.Div., '73] Ph.D., a respected preacher, author and figure in the struggles for social, racial and economic justice, will give a guest lecture Oct. 9 at Gannon University.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of Gannon University’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 West 7th St. It is titled, “Economic Justice in Today’s World.” Read More>>

Bishop Disani Christopher Senyonjo, MDiv 1966, STM 1967, Unitas Distinguished Alumnus 2011 has been honored with a Clinton Global Citizen Award for Support of LGBT Rights
Bishop Christopher Senyonjo 

Bishop Christopher Senyonjo of Kampala, Uganda, will receive a Clinton Global Citizen Award at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this evening for his outstanding work to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people through the St. Paul's Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Kampala.   The award recognizes Bishop Senyonjo's work in promoting the equal rights of LGBT people in Uganda and across more than 70 countries where being LGBT is illegal and often persecuted. Read More>>

Rev. Curtis Hart M.Div. '72 to present Heberden Society Lecture, September 27, 2012
Rev. Curtis Hart 

Curtis Hart, M.Div. '72, Lecturer in Public Health, Psychiatry, and Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, will present the first Heberden Society Lecture of the 2012-13 academic year on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at The New York Academy of Medicine.

For more infromation and registration, please visit The New York Academy of Medicine Website. The event is free but registration is required.

Webinar with Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson '00: Carism: Let Go of the Process and Outcome
Cari Jackson

Join Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, M.Div. '00, for her monthly webinar through the Center of Spiritual Light.  On September 25 she will be discussing Carism: Let Go of the Process and the Outcome. Registration for the live portion of the webinar is limited to 8 participants. Read More>>

Elizabeth Dias writes about Rev. Derrick Harkins, M.Div. ’87, the pastor behind the Democratic Party’s Faith Outreach
Reverend Derrick Harkins

“Faith is an integral part of the Democratic Party,” the Reverend Derrick Harkins [M.Div. ‘87] proclaimed Wednesday as he kicked off a panel on religion at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. “Don’t put any credence to the lie that somehow faith is not an integral part of who we are as Democrats—somebody ought to say, ‘Amen!’” Applause filled the forum. The event, the second that Harkins helped organize this week in addition to a daily morning prayer series, is the most recent attempt by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to rally the faith vote for President Obama in November. And Harkins is the man behind the mission. Read More>>

Union Mourns Walter Harrelson '49, '53
Walter Harrelson

Walter Harrelson, M.Div. '49 and Ph.D. '53, was an extraordinary scholar and translator. He chaired the Old Testament committee of scholars for the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. A committed Baptist and prominent faculty member at the country's finest theological institutions, Harrelson passed away in early September 2012. Read More>>

Dr. Trevor Eppehimer new dean at Hood Seminary


Dr. Trevor Eppehimer [Ph.D. '06] has been appointed associate academic dean of Hood Theological Seminary by Dr. Albert J.D. Aymer, seminary president.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Eppehimer received his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., in 1995, majoring in religion, philosophy and English; a master of divinity degree in 1999 from Yale Divinity School with an emphasis in systematic theology and philosophy of religion; and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2006. He is published and has presented his papers at meetings of the American Academy of Religion and at several seminaries around the country. Read More>>


Faith, Freedom, and Guns
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes for The Huffington Post: "Disheartened by the tragedies involving gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin, I am disturbed by the frequent knee-jerk response by some Americans to defend all access to weapons as a simple matter of our Second Amendment rights. I'm am even more disturbed by the frequency in which fellow Christians seem to be the people most often saying this." Read More>>

A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive
Paul Mowry 

Rev. Robert V. Taylor, M.Div. '84, has released A New Way to Be Human:  7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive. It features a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and has received praise from Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, Tracey Lind '87, and others. Read More>>

Communication Case Studies
Paul Mowry 

Dr. Carolyn Shadle, M.R.E. '64, has co-authored a new book about effective workplace communication, Communication Case Studies.  Read More>>


Rev. Dr. Fred Muir '75 Gives 192nd Berry Street Lecture

Fred Muir, M.Div. '75, Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (MD), presented the 192nd Berry Street Lecture in June.  The longest running lecture series in the USA, his topic was “From iChurch to Beloved Community: Ecclesiology and Justice.”  Kimberly Tomaszweski, M.Div. '09, Assistant Minister of Congregational Life at the Unitarian Church of Summit (NJ), gave a response. Read More>>

Love vs. Sheriff Arpaio's Tent City
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes about theological values and Sheriff Arpaio's Tent City in Arizona. Read More>>

As ministers, N.J. couples share their lives and calling

Lynne Weber '96 and Dean Weber '02 minister in the same New Jersey parish. Read More>>

In the Spirit: The Huffington Post Gets Religion
Paul Mowry 

The Wisconsin State Journal features the work of Paul Raushenbush '96 in founding the religion section of the Huffington Post.  Read More>>

Donald Morrison '57 Receives Award from Augustana College

Donald Morrison, S.M.M. '57, received the Honorary Alumni Award from Augustana College. Read More>>

Wedding Theology for the Spiritual but Not Religious
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes for The Huffington Post about wedding ceremonies for couples without a faith tradition. Read More>>

In Sausalito, First Openly Gay Presbyterian Pastor
Paul Mowry 

Rev. Paul R. Mowry, M.Div '08, has become the first openly gay pastor of Sausalito Presbyterian Church. Read More>>

Kirsten Wilson '02 Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Kirsten Wilson, M.Div. ’02, received $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of One Action-One Boulder and theater projects she created exploring issues of inclusion and equity in Boulder, Colorado. Read More>>

Rev. Robin H. Gorsline '99 in New York Times
Paul Mowry 

Rev. Robin H. Gorsline, M.Div. '99, is pictured in the New York Times supporting Tracy Thorne-Begland's bid for a Virginia judgeship.  Read More>>

White Range
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes about the Trayvon Martin case in The Huffington Post.  Read More>>

Rev. Ellick '00 receives prestigious award
Paul Mowry 

Rev. Michael Ellick '00 M.Div., was recently awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Read More>>

Bishop Mark Hanson '72 to Address Gustavus Adolphus College
Paul Mowry 

ELCA Bishop Mark S. Hanson '72 will address Gustavus Adolphus College on the occasion of its sesquicentennial. He will address "The Future of Lutheran Higher Education." Read More>>

Islamic Studies, Womanist Concerns
Paul Mowry 

Union alumna Kim McCrae '10 talks about Islamic Studies at Duke and funding the Mitchell-Jackson Chair. Read More>>

Kingston Congregational Church Appoints Union Alum
Paul Mowry 

Rev. Dr. Weldon Palmer '77 has been appointed senior pastor at Kingston Congregational Church. Read More>>

Santorum's War on Religious Freedom
Jude Geiger 150

Rev. Jude Geiger '08 analyzes Rick Santorum's call for an end to religious freedom.  Read More>>

Dr. Loñieta Cornwall '73 Receives North Carolina's Highest Honor

Dr. Loñieta Aurora Thompson Cornwall '73 received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina. Read More>>

Rev. Heidi Johnston '11 Installed at Faith Lutheran Church
Paul Mowry 

The Rev. Heidi Johnston '11 has been installed as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Quincy, Massachusetts. Read More>>

Dr. Kate M. Ott '06 Appointed to Faculty at Drew
Paul Mowry 

Dr. Kate M. Ott, who earned her Ph.D. from Union in 2006, was appointed Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University. Read More>>

LESHRC Names Alexandra Dyer '86 Executive Director

Alexandra Dyer, who earned her M.Div. from Union in 1986, has been named Executive Director of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Committee. Read More>>

The War on Christianity
Jude Geiger 150

The Rev. G. Jude Geiger '08 writes for The Huffington Post about Jesus' message and contemporary politics. Read More>>

From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ
Paul Mowry 

Early reviews praise the new book from Union alum Patrick Cheng '01, From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ. Read More>>

Rev. Paul Mowry '08 Ordained at Sausalito Presbyterian Church

Rev. Paul Mowry '08 has been ordained as the first openly gay pastor of Sausalito Presbyterian Church. Read More>>

Taking a Lead on Faith: Four Black Pastors at the Forefront of LGBT Equality

Ebony Magazine speaks with Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Wiley '85 about his church's inclusivity.  Read More>>

Union Alumna Emily Brown '10 Featured on "Day 1"

Emily M. Brown, the 2010 recipient of the David H. C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award, is the featured preacher Feb. 12 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.

Kevin Jennings Wins Distinguished Alumni Award
Paul Mowry 

Union trustee Kevin Jennings wins the Distinguished Alumni Award at his alma mater, Teachers College. Jennings was the Assistant Deputy Secretary on the Obama Administration for the office of Safe & Drug-free Schools. He is the CEO and president of "Be the Change" (a non-profit) and established the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Read More>>

Being the Change You Wish to See in the Middle East

Union alumna Jenn Lindsay '11 writes about her travels in Israel for State of Formation. Read More>>

Melissa Harris-Perry to Speak at Emory during King Week

Union alumna Melissa Harris-Perry gives the keynote address during Emory University's King Week. Read More>>

Marian Wright Edelman and Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson '88 to Appear at Trinity Wall Street to Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.
Paul Mowry 

Marian Wright Edelman (left), founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, Union Medal recipient 2000 and Trailblazer Honoree 2010, will be the guest preacher at Trinity Wall Street's Holy Eucharist service on Sunday, January 15. Read More>>

Paul Mowry 

The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson '88 (right), Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund New York, and current Union Trustee, will lead a Sunday school class on the 15th about how she experiences God. Read More>>

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