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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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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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Union Taught Him to Ask Hard Questions

Monday, April 15, 2019

We regret to inform the Union community that Dr. David A. Sánchez ’06 died unexpectedly of heart complications while hiking in Eaton Canyon, Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, April 6, 2019. We are devastated. Dr. Sánchez’s obituary and a moving memorial written by a student at the university where he taught may be found far

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Studying at Union Was “a Dream Come True”

Friday, March 15, 2019

A conversation with Rev. Susan Sgarlat ’07 Susan Sgarlat, M. Div. ’07, has degrees from several prestigious institutions, but Union Theological Seminary is the only one she has put in her will. “I’ve attended a lot of different schools—a prep school, Barnard College, and Vanderbilt University Law School, but I have decided to designate Union

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Calvin M. Mew ’73: Ad Executive Says Thanks with Life Insurance Gift

Monday, October 15, 2018

Calvin M. Mew ’73 never worked in a religious field, but he says that his religious education and his service as a tutor in New Testament at Union Theological Seminary shaped his life and his career as a high-powered advertising executive who helped turn Chrysler around. And that is why the longtime member of the

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Rev. Carol F. Millspaugh ’69 and Rev. Dick D. Millspaugh ’70: Alum couple supports Union’s ongoing witness through monthly giving and planned gift

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Attending Union was one of the great joys and challenges of my life; my Union experience has blessed me, my family, and the churches I’ve served,” Carol Millspaugh, M.Div. ’69, writes. She applied to Union at the suggestion of Dr. Franklyn Josselyn, her religion professor at Occidental College and a Union alum, and thanks to

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Why I Am Including Union in My Will

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer ’65 Award-winning author and university professor Dr. Mark K. Juergensmeyer, M. Div. ’65, wrote the following statement about why he has included Union Theological Seminary in his will: “Being in Reinhold Niebuhr’s last seminar—just being there—and watching James Muilenburg thunder down the aisle of the lecture hall while recreating the Genesis story of

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Couple Makes Annual Gifts, Major Gift, and Planned Gift

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A conversation with Rev. Margaret C. “Peg” Miller ’66 and Rev. James H. Miller ’61 Jim and Peg Miller have been making annual gifts to Union Theological Seminary for more than 20 years, and in 2010 they made a major gift for the Institute of Art, Religion and Social Justice. They have also established a

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I Am Funding an Endowment with Several Types of Gifts

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Edward LeRoy Long, Jr. ’48 Emeritus university professor and author Dr. Edward LeRoy Long, Jr., M.Div. ’48, wrote the following statement about why he created a charitable trust, established several gift annuities, and is making annual gifts—all to benefit Union through the Edward Long Endowment for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies.

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