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Films, Faith and Healing in 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Facilitating tough conversations and educational movie screenings are right in Oriana Mayorga’s wheelhouse. As a second-year MDiv student, she works with Connect NYC to promote gender justice across all five boroughs of New York City. Mayorga is also a winner of Odyssey Impact’s fellowship, meaning her passions combined in her field education placement, despite COVID-19

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Sharing Music in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

  What happens when a legendary neighborhood jazz ministry has to go virtual? Matt Puckett, a second-year MDiv student, is interning with the jazz department of Saint Peter’s Church in New York City this year. This Lutheran church has a history of supporting many types of art. From the fine arts to classical music, Saint

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Belief Exists Without Borders for This Field Education Student

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Kimberley Gordy, a second-year MDiv student, wanted a field education placement that was closely tied to her passion for justice. She found it in Believe Out Loud, a program from Intersections International. This primarily online program helps connect people in LGBTQIA+ communities find support and faith community options through its website and networking services. Along

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Student Profile – Janay Salcedo-Kinsey

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What were you doing before coming to Union?  Before coming to Union I was working in child-care, something I’d been doing for about five years. I worked primarily with children who had experienced trauma or families that were interracial. This looked like working alongside biracial children and helping them understand their identity, its complexities, and

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Student Profile – Emma Gritsch

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 Emma, could you share what you were doing before coming to Union? I graduated from William Paterson University in May of 2020, where I studied psychology and public health. During undergrad, I worked part-time at an orthodontist’s office while living at home in Northern New Jersey, so this is actually my first time living away

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Listening and Teaching

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

By Ryan Felder, M.Div. ’21, co-chair of the Eco-Justice Caucus. Without theological language, I find it impossible to grasp the magnitude of the ecological crisis and understand what my corresponding commitments are. In choosing to study ecotheology at Union, I was really choosing to study social ethics, education, and community development. This is because, from

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Serious Play

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This essay by Mohammad Mia ’21 was originally published in the Union Collective Spring 2020 Issue Last semester, I sleepily made my way to a Monday evening field education class and arrived to the surprising sight of toys—tables filled with clay, crayons, coloring books, blocks, and an aptly named game, “Pie in the Face.” A

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Student Profile: Oriana Mayorga

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself Oriana?  I’m born and raised in New York. I’m an artist, an organizer and, according to a mentor of mine, a chief trouble maker in-training. I’m also a student at Union in my first year and currently serve in the Student Senate as a first-year M.Div.

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A Journalistic Ministry

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This fall, he began his studies as a first-year M.Div. student. What were you doing before coming to Union? I’ve been a reporter for 20 years, and a

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Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Many Union students participate in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs while at seminary. Our CPE profiles give insight to what students learn. Naomi Madaras is a Master of Divinity student at Union in her second year with a concentration in Psychology and Religion. This summer she completed her CPE at New York Presbyterian Allen Hospital

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