Press Releases


Stop Using the Bible to Dehumanize Transgender People

Monday, January 23, 2023

Union’s President, Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, writes in Newsweek about the immoral act of using Christianity and the Bible to dehumanize transgender individuals. Read the oped below or online here. A state senator in Oklahoma recently proposed a bill that would ban people under the age of 26 from receiving gender-affirming care—launching a massive, aggressive

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Union receives a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Union Theological Seminary receives a $5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Establish Technology, Innovation, and Digital Engagement Lab – “TIDEL” and to Build and Expand Shared Services with Partners Union Theological Seminary (UTS) received a grant of $5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help create a collaborative space lab (Technology, Innovation, and

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Jerusha Tanner Rhodes, Ph.D Awarded Grant to Advance Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Jerusha Tanner Rhodes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Islam and Interreligious Engagement and Director of the Islam, Social Justice, & Interreligious Engagement (ISJIE) Program at Union Theological Seminary, has been awarded the Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Curricular Award from Interfaith America (formally Interfaith Youth Core). Rhodes will use the $1,000 grant funds to develop a

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Rev. Pamela Cooper White Receives Status of Honorary Member with National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

At the October 2022 meeting of its Board of Trustees, the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) awarded Union Theological Seminary faculty member Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, MDiv, PhD, LCPC, the status of Honorary Member.  As described in NPAP’s By-Laws, Honorary Members are members who have been recommended to and voted upon by the Board of

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#PandemicPastoring ushers in a new era of church leadership

Monday, August 29, 2022

  NASHVILLE, TN – Researcher and author, Eileen Campbell-Reed conducted a 22-month qualitative study of over 100 Christian pastors and lay leaders (2020-22). She found church leaders experienced profound grief, loss, and conflict, as well as resilience, grace, and lasting change. She will present key findings of the #PandemicPastoring Report in a Webinar on September

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Overturning Roe Shows The Threat Posed by Religious Extremists

Friday, June 24, 2022

With the Supreme Court voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, one of the nation’s leading progressive theologians decried the growing risks posed by far-right religious extremism. “Today’s decision to strike down Roe vs Wade is absolutely gut-wrenching,” said Rev. Serene Jones, the president of Union Theological Seminary, a globally-recognized graduate school of religion devoted to

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Expanding Access to Guns Disregards the Sanctity of Life

Thursday, June 23, 2022

While the nation reels from tragic mass shootings, the Supreme Court today struck down a New York law that required people to obtain a license and show “proper cause” to carry a firearm in public. The broad ruling opens the door to a wave of looser gun regulations.  Rev. Serene Jones, the president of Union

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Union Theological Seminary Receives $1 million Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Strengthen Infrastructure

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Contact: Afsheen Shamsi 914-217-0983 The effort is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now

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UN Environment Programme Grants Accreditation to Union Theological Seminary

Friday, July 9, 2021

Union’s Center for Earth Ethics receives observer status to the UN Environment Assembly The United Nations Environment Programme has accredited Union Theological Seminary through the Center for Earth Ethics. Accreditation grants Union observer status and other privileges at the United Nations Environment Assembly and its subsidiaries. The Center for Earth Ethics initiated the accreditation process

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