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Millennial Leaders Project
2015 Summer Conference

Applications for summer 2015 are open! Apply now.

UPDATE: In the process of Union updating it’s website, our application page was down for a short period of time. Taking that into consideration, we have decided to extend the application process for one week. All applications are now due by 11:59pm on Friday, March 6th, 2015.

For some, activism is an expression of their spirituality. For others, activism is their form of spiritual practice. Union’s Millennial Leaders Project (MLP) Summer Conference offers a structured space for millennial generation leaders, organizers and activists to examine the intersections of social justice and spirituality in their work and lives.

Through a range of activities, the MLP Summer Conference aims to provide young leaders with an opportunity to look at their work in new ways, network and build relationships with leaders from across the country, and to develop resources to sustain their work over the long term. This conference builds upon Union’s longstanding role as a leader in theological education, as well as the legacy of social justice activism that Union has fostered throughout its history. Ultimately, the MLP Summer Conference hopes to encourage and inspire conversations that build bridges and support organized movements that address the many forms of inequality in our world today.

Round-trip travel as well as shared room and board will be covered by the conference for all selected participants.

From July 20-24, 2015, Union Theological Seminary will host 50 young leaders from around the United States for its second MLP Summer Conference. Applicants may be activists, organizers, NGO/NPO staff, in ordained or lay service to a local church or spiritual community, or they may serve in less official leadership roles as well. Applicants must be between the ages of 21-35 and have a demonstrated record of sustained social justice activism in their respective communities. Formal affiliation with a specific religious tradition or community is not a prerequisite, and people with no affiliation are encouraged to apply. In this regard, the only formal requirement is an interest in the intersections between spirituality and social justice.

Online Application Procedures

The Millennial Leaders Project 2015 Summer Conference Application can be found here. In order to fill it out, you will be prompted to login using your “My Union” credentials. If you do not have a “My Union” user ID and password, please select “New User Registration.” This user ID and password are only valid for one use so please make sure to complete the application in one sitting. You will not be able to finish incomplete applications at a later date.


Your resume should be uploaded as a PDF or Word Document during the online application process.


You may copy and paste your essay into the online application, and it should communicate the following in no more than 500 words:
1) A clear sense of how you understand the intersection of spirituality and activism in your work.
2) A specific project or topic that you intend to develop, if selected, while participating in the MLP 2015 Summer Conference.

Letters of Recommendation:

Please provide one professional letter of reference from an individual who can speak to your prior or current social justice work.  References should be emailed to with the subject line of “Reference for [insert name of applicant]” no later than Friday, February 27, 2015. All letters of reference should include applicant’s full name, and recommender’s full name and contact information.