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A Call for Moral Leadership

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We released a joint public statement supported by the deans and seminary presidents of six divinity schools, including our own President Serene Jones. We are honored to stand in solidarity with our peer institutions and have included the statement in full: America is facing three immense and immediate crises. Each has a critical moral dimension

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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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Observing Juneteenth

Thursday, June 18, 2020

To Union Community: In the wake of the tragedy of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black Americans, and with the ongoing sacrifices, both historical and present day, made in pursuit of racial justice, Union will recognize Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the day people of African descent commemorate the official

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In Church and in Theater, It’s O.K. to Just “Let Things Be Messy”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

This interview with Shannon TL Kearns, M.Div. ’09 was originally published in the Union Collective Spring 2020 Issue Why did you start the Uprising Theatre Company? I grew up doing what I affectionately call a lot of church-basement drama—a lot of really terrible theater that was focused on justice issues or on trying to win

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Understanding the Border Through Experiential Education

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

This story was originally published in the Union Collective Spring 2020 Issue A group of EDS at Union students, staff, and one board member arrived at Casa Vides, a house of hospitality for migrants and refugees operated by Annunciation House, in El Paso, Texas, on January 10. For six days, they participated in a “Border

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Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Ethics and Religion

Monday, June 15, 2020

Interested in exploring the social, ethical and religious implications of some of the rapidly proliferating technological developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence? Union Theological Seminary is offering an online graduate course this fall that will equip faith leaders and others to apply the ethical insights of religious traditions to crucial and urgent social questions,

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Ecowomanist Vision: A Union Story

Thursday, June 11, 2020

By Melanie L. Harris, Ph.D. ’06, Unitas Distinguished Alumna ’17 Ecowomanism is critical and contemplative reflection on the environmental crisis from the perspective of women of African descent. Connecting ecological justice with Womanist theology and ethics, the new lens argues that intersectional race, class, and gender analysis be applied when examining environmental racism. The first

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Challenged to Transform

Friday, June 5, 2020

We are all being called and have been called to this moment. Many of us are wrestling with the urgency, the desire, and the need to respond. Union held a special chapel service today, titled “A Call and Response to Anti-Black Violence: Challenged to Transform,” led by EDS at Union Dean Kelly Brown Douglas.   

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Reflections on Anti-Black Violence

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Reflections from The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D., Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union and Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology, and Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary and Johnston Family Professor for Religion & Democracy America’s Lost Soul By The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D. George

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America’s Lost Soul

Saturday, May 30, 2020

By Kelly Brown Douglas George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey. In response to President John Kennedy’s assassination Martin Luther King, Jr. said “While the question of who killed President Kennedy?” is important, the question of “What killed him?” is more important.” Inasmuch as what is killing black people in this country—be it the racialized realities

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