In 2001, several African American alums initiated a Union Black Alum Association. They reached out to many other alums, who returned soon thereafter to Union for a memorable gatheringand reconnected with each other and the institution. Three years later in February 2004, the Black Caucus and the Black Women’s Caucus of Union hosted the inaugural Trailblazers worship service and celebration. This formal tribute was the embodiment of the organizers’ vision to continue the Association’s efforts and build on it, in order to connect the powerful legacy of spirituality and strength among the distinguished list of Black Alums and the students of African descent.

Trailblazers has been an opportunity to honor the powerful legacy of Union’s distinguished Black Alums and connect them with Union’s current students through worship services and celebrations. The goal of Trailblazers is primarily to provide an opportunity to honor the ministerial work of Union’s Black Alums, as well as provide a forum for organizing around important and shared social justice issues.

Trailblazers 2023 Worship Service and Celebration is the grounding event for this year’s themed reunion – One Union. Following the worship service, we will host a reception to catch up with old classmates and make new connections with members of the Union community. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. 

To attend Trailblazers 2023, please select Wednesday complimentary ticket for One Union Reunion.

The Trailblazers 2019 series honored the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone with four Friday evening worship services in James Chapel. The services focused on Cone’s founding of Black Liberation Theology, as well as the doors he opened for other theologies to emerge, including Same-Gender Loving/LGBTQ Theology and exploration of spiritual musicality. Union also hosted a discussion on Friday, February 22, 2019 featuring a panel of Dr. Cone’s former students discussing his teaching, mentorship, and impact.