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Field Education

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Preparing for the Call Union is a place for those who understand ministry in the broadest of terms. Recognizing the many different ways individuals can bring their call to social justice to life, the seminary accommodates a wide variety of paths for students to fulfill their field education requirement.

While many students choose traditional sites, like serving in churches, hospitals, and hospice programs, Union students have also worked on Rikers Island teaching horticulture to the incarcerated, and one even took an entire year to bike around the world in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

Whatever a student’s path, Union’s field education program transfigures mere “work in the field” into an integrative education that brings together knowledge, skill, moral integrity, religious tradition, and religious commitment. These elements combine to create an engaged ministerial practice that gives students a foundation for success in pursuing their call, whatever they may discover it to be.

Field education is a requirement of the M.Div. program taken during the student’s second year.

Questions? Please contact Su Yon Pak ’99, the Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-Based Education, at 212-280-1340 or via email at spak@uts.columbia.edu.