Alum Profiles


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Message from the Rev. Virginia Bergfalk

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Rev. Virginia K. Bergfalk ’81 first attended Union Theological Seminary on a full scholarship in the late ’50s but left to marry a Union graduate and become a missionary in South Africa during Apartheid. She came back to Union 20 years later to finish her degree and launch her own ground-breaking career as a

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Preparing Chaplains to Meet the Need

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

  By Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care Long before 2020 arrived with its unprecedented changes, many Union graduates were already serving as health care, university, protest and prison chaplains. For over a decade Union has been partnering with Jewish Theological Seminary to provide excellent chaplaincy education through their Center

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A Conversation with Tech Chaplain Shamika Klassen ’17

Monday, February 1, 2021

Editor’s Note: Shamika’s name while at Union was Shamika Goddard. Shamika, could you share a little about growing up and your journey to Union?  Well I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and I’m the oldest of four kids. My mom was a single parent growing up and I went to Stanford for

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A Tribute to Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon by Delores Dixon

Friday, January 15, 2021

Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was a student pursuing her Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary when she forged what would become a lifelong friendship with Elder Delores “Dee” C. Dixon, who was Christian Education Director at The Church of the Master, Presbyterian Church where Dr. Cannon was an intern. Throughout their lifetimes, both Dr. Cannon

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Gathering of Grace

Friday, November 20, 2020

Please join us for Union’s Gathering of Grace on Thursday, November 26th. Many holiday gatherings will be impacted this year and Union wants to help our community stay in touch. The Gathering of Grace is an opportunity for people all across the Union family to form new and stronger relationships with one another through short one-on-one

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The True Meaning of Adam-(m)adam

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Lizzie Berne DeGear is a Union Alumni/ae who received her PhD in 2013. As Union-trained theologians find creative ways to do their work in this virtual world, we share with you today, the powerful story of Lizzie’s 6-minute animation film (m)adam: Adam’s Rib Reframed. The Viva Film festival in Sarajevo, an international documentary film festival

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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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