Union Beyond

Union Theological Seminary offers a variety of non-credit programs providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Ranging from a few days to a semester or longer, the courses/programs are open to anyone looking to expand their knowledge, whether your interests are in social justice activism or faith leadership, or you are seeking personal enrichment. Consider one of our programs and make an investment in yourself.

Union’s Continuing Education courses offer the opportunity to the public to join our students and the wider Union community in exploring new ideas, skills, and world views. Traditionally taught in-person, these courses will be presented online for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

Continuing Education

Religion in Presidential Politics

Join us to examine the role of religion in presidential politics. Specific elections will be utilized as case studies in order to provide a broad understanding of the impact of religious belief on US civic life and voter sentiment and participation.

This four-session virtual course will explore perspectives from the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions.\

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Gender Justice as a Matter of Faith

What should faith leaders committed to prophetic advocacy know about this basic human rights reform? And what will it take for the ERA to become the law of the land—nearly a century after it was first introduced?

Explore the promise of the ERA and the hope of gender justice with fellow faith leaders in this dynamic, interactive, three-day virtual course.

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At the conclusion of Union’s Continuing Education Certificate courses, participants will be provided with a certificate of completion signifying their participation. For anyone hoping to fulfill denominational continuing education requirements, an additional form certifying the number of hours spent in the course can be provided as well.

Encore Transition Program

The Encore Transition Program at Union Theological Seminary engages a diverse group of 12-15 like-minded 55+ adults in discernment, dialogue, and experience with what an “encore” stage of productive, social-purpose focused adulthood might look like. Encore runs weekly seminar-style sessions to maximize participant engagement. Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and contemplation.

Commitment: 4-month commitment  |  October 2020 – December 2020
Application Timeline: August 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020
Application: Application Closed

Rise Together

RISE Together at Union Theological Seminary is a female mentorship network that connects women of color seminary students and early to mid-career clergy to experienced women ministers, senior pastors, faculty, and community leaders. Through mentoring relationships, intergenerational and peer support networks, RISE members experience safe spaces for Renewal, Inspiration, Support and Empowerment. Learn More

Commitment: 2-year commitment  |  March 2020 through March 2022
Application Timeline:  September 2019 – January 2020
Apply: Application Closed

The Collaborative for Faith Leadership

The Collaborative for Faith Leadership at Union Theological Seminary addresses the challenges and rewards of faith leadership across traditions and denominations to imagine and re-imagine the work of faith leadership. Participants in the Collaborative for Faith Leadership will engage with the faculty and administration of Union Theological Seminary, community leaders and seasoned pastors at each evening seminar.

Commitment: 1-semester commitment – February 2020 – May 2020
Application Timeline: January 1, 2020 – February 10, 2020
Apply: Application Closed