Press Releases


Supreme Court Decision Upheld the Rights of Transgender Students

Monday, June 28, 2021

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of transgender students to use the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary — a progressive religious institution with many LGBTQ students — issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision: “As the leader of an institution

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Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination in Philadelphia

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Today, in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court ruled by a unanimous 9-0 margin that it was illegal for the city of Philadelphia to end a contract with a Catholic foster care organization that refuses to work with same-sex couples. Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, a progressive religious institution

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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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