Press Releases


Dr. Cornel West Returns to Union Theological Seminary

Monday, March 8, 2021

Today, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, announced that Dr. Cornel West — one of the nation’s most esteemed scholars and public prophetic voices – is rejoining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary. He will hold the prestigious Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair. “We are thrilled to welcome

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Pastoral Imagination Study Funded by Louisville Institute

Friday, February 26, 2021

Campbell-Reed and Scharen will continue an unprecedented national, ecumenical and longitudinal study of ministers in US begun in 2009 NEW YORK, NY – The Learning Pastoral Imagination Project (LPI) announces new funding from the Louisville Institute. The $30,000 Research Grant supports an unprecedented national, ecumenical and longitudinal study of pastoral ministry in the United States.

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EDS at Union Awarded $100,000 Grant by Trinity Church Wall Street

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Grant will expand capstone moral leadership course and create digital materials and resources to prepare students to address social justice issues Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS at Union) has officially announced that it was awarded a grant of $100,000 by Trinity Church Wall Street to expand its capstone moral leadership course and

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Union Theological Seminary Declares a Climate Emergency

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Organizing efforts to formally recognize the global climate crisis led by student Eco-Justice Caucus (February 10, 2021) Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York has formally declared a climate emergency by making a commitment to become an ecologically-resilient and green institution. Approved in December 2020 by the Union Board of Trustees, the seminary

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Union Announces New Dean of Chapel

Monday, January 25, 2021

Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Dr. Sandra Montes as Dean of Chapel. Montes had been serving as Interim Dean since August 2019, and is credited with the successful and seamless move of chapel online due to COVID. A bilingual educator, musician, liturgist and writer who previously worked with The

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Union joins faith leaders in calling on Congress to certify election results

Monday, January 4, 2021

Union Theological Seminary joins faith and community leaders in calling on Congress to certify election results More than 2,000 people in all 50 states sign letter calling on Congress to reject attempts to overturn will of the voters on January 6 NEW YORK – People of faith across the country are calling on Congress to

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A Call for Moral Leadership

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We released a joint public statement supported by the deans and seminary presidents of six divinity schools, including our own President Serene Jones. We are honored to stand in solidarity with our peer institutions and have included the statement in full: America is facing three immense and immediate crises. Each has a critical moral dimension

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Shared expectations on Union project yield positive community engagement

Thursday, February 13, 2020

For Union’s Hastings Hall renovation project, administrators set out to establish goals with Consigli Construction that were in line with the seminary’s social justice mission and sought to provide opportunities for minority workers and Minority-owned, Women-owned and Locally-based Business Enterprises (MWLBE). Seven months into the project, Consigli has made significant progress towards these goals. The

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Union’s Thich Nhat Hanh Program Receives $500,000 Grant

Friday, December 20, 2019

Union’s Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant, awarded through the Luce Fund for Theological Education, “supports the development of new models of teaching and learning, research and publication, leadership development, and educational program design.” “This is wonderful support for the Engaged

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Trinity Union Fellows Program Renewed

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Trinity Church Wall Street (Trinity) and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union) have again partnered to renew the Trinity Union Fellows Program for a third year. The program, launched in 2017, brings up to six international students from China and India to Trinity and Union for one year of academic training

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