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New York Times: Retirees Find Renewed Purpose Through the ‘Encore Transition Program’

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In January 2017, Union launched the Encore Transition Program, a semester-long curriculum designed for retirees and non-traditional students eager to make a change for the better in their lives, and in the world. Recent Encore graduate, Onita Estes-Hicks, 80, spoke with the New York Times’ Helen Stapinski, about how the program has given her the opportunity to contemplate

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President Jones Interviewed on ‘Emerging Religious Left’

Monday, March 27, 2017

‘Religious Left’ Emerging As U.S. Political Force in Trump Era Backlash against many of U.S. President Trump’s policies have given rise to the so-called ‘Religious Left’ – a movement aiming to take back the country, and Christianity, from conservatives they say misconstrue the scriptures.   Reuters TV Segment Full Article by Scott Malone

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In Prison And Outside, He Found His ‘Iota Of Light’: A Mentor Named Fred

Friday, December 2, 2016

Robert Sanchez first met Fred Davie in 1998, in a small, windowless room at Sing Sing Prison. Sanchez was there serving 15 years on a drug conviction; Davie was a Presbyterian minister, who was teaching there in a theology master’s program. Read the full story here, and listen to Robert Sanches and Rev. Fred Davie

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Interfaith Appeal for Justice at Standing Rock

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

President Barack Obama 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 November 11, 2016 Dear Mr. President, As faith leaders from across the nation, we write to you with a sense of urgency regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the opposition to it led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We believe that you are

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The Chronicle of Higher Education: A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Prominent Scholar-Activist Trades Law for the Seminary By Alexander C. Kafka When Michelle Alexander’s white Lutheran mother, Sandra, and black Methodist father, John, wanted to get married in Chicago in 1965, neither of their churches wanted to perform the service. A Methodist pastor did reluctantly preside over the ceremony. Still, Sandra felt betrayed. “She

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The Brian Lehrer Show: America Needs a New Theology

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Michelle Alexander, a visiting professor at the Union Theological Seminary, civil rights advocate and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2012), and Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, discuss the need for a new common narrative about

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