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Student Spotlight: A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

Friday, February 23, 2024

7 min read In this interview, A’Dorian spoke about her journey with Union, the influences of her family, and her cultivation in Black Womanist Theology. You can read more about the article inspired by A’Dorian’s journey here. Thank you so much for speaking with us. So, what brought you to Union? What originally brought me

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In Memoriam: Michael J. Johnston

Thursday, February 1, 2024

  Michael J. Johnston, Former Seminary Trustee and Major Donor, Dies at 85   We are sad to share with you that UTS former longtime Board of Trustees member, Michael “Mike” Johnston, of Gladstone, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home on January 30, surrounded by loved ones. Over his long tenure on the board,

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In Memoriam: Blake T. Franklin ’88

Friday, January 19, 2024

  Attorney, gay activist and specialist in international law, he was 81   Blake T. Franklin was a partner first at Coudert Brothers, then later based in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP for 25 years.  He practiced banking, corporate, and general law; he was a specialist in International Law and,

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In Memoriam: Dr. Quentin J. Faulkner ’75

Friday, January 12, 2024

Quentin Faulkner, 80 years old, died on December 30, 2023 in Houston, TX. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Murrell (Bennett) Faulkner, three brothers, a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. Faulkner was Larson Professor of Organ and Music Theory/History (emeritus) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a

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In Memoriam: Abby D. Wise

Monday, December 18, 2023

In Loving Memory of Abby Dittmann Wise Abby Dittmann Wise, a cherished member of our community at Union Theological Seminary, passed away peacefully on November 14 at the age of 94. A resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, and East Providence, Rhode Island, Abby’s life was a testament to her commitment to social justice, language, and

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In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron ’92, ’99

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

In loving memory of the Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron. The late Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron, a distinguished Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC, left an indelible mark on the fields of biblical scholarship, liberation theology, and womanist interpretations. She received her M.Div., M.Phil.,

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Union to Feature a Course on Jewish-Christian Relations in Spring 2024

Thursday, December 7, 2023

The complex and largely contentious history between Jews and Christians constitutes a significant dimension of current crises and conflicts—both abroad and here at home. Yet this difficult history isn’t the full story. Remarkable advances in understanding and collaboration reveal new hope in the possibilities of repairing and strengthening the bonds that link both traditions. In

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Union’s 2023 Impact Report

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Dear Friends, I am pleased to share with you the 2023 Impact Report for Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. It’s a first for us. While we are constantly communicating with our many stakeholders, we do not have a tradition of creating a single, comprehensive, public facing annual update. As a step

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Union Welcomes New Vice President of Development and Alum Relations Maura Smith

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Maura Smith to the position of Vice President of Development and Alum Relations.  “We are excited to welcome Maura to the Union family. Maura brings a wealth of experience and will play a critical role in ensuring we achieve our strategic vision

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