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Union to Launch Major Initiative to Advance Eco-Justice in Faith Communities

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

This project is funded through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. New York – Union Theological Seminary has received a $1.25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish the Innovative Preaching and Eco-Justice Initiative (IPEJI). This landmark project will equip preachers and lay people with the tools to speak about climate change with creativity, enthusiasm, and insight

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President Jones’ Statement on the Israel-Palestine Crisis

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Dear Union Community,  Like so many of you, I find myself deeply distressed and shocked by all that is transpiring in Israel and Palestine.  As I search for meaningful words to share, I am reminded that Union is a school of theology where we explore deep truths, ask important and hard questions, and grapple with

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Union Theological Seminary Becomes 1st Independent Seminary In the Nation to Add Caste to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Union Theological Seminary recently added caste to its non-discrimination policy – making it the first independent seminary in the nation to do so. In doing so, Union takes a small step towards dismantling pervasive discrimination stemming from caste systems and furthers its commitment to justice, equity, and inclusion. Caste systems – which were first used

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Young people aren’t buying far-right religious beliefs

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Younger Americans aspire to build a world marked by love and justice. But they don’t see much of that in church. Read Union President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones’s op-ed featured in Religion News Service below or online here. Far-right politicians and influencers are on a rampage to impose their views on all Americans. They’re pushing

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The “God-given right” to guns is a cash-fueled sham

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Union President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones writes in Salon about the absurdity of using the Bible to justify the Republican Party’s devotion to guns. Read the op-ed below or online here. The Bible is a lynchpin of the pro-gun movement. In every corner of our country, purportedly Christian leaders lean into the narrative that bearing

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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 Faculty Awarded Prestigious Book Honors

Friday, December 9, 2022

Union Theological Seminary is proud to announce two prestigious book honors awarded to faculty members from our Union community.  The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas ’82, ’88, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union and Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union, has been named the 2023 winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer

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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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