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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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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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