Union News


Dr. Su Yon Pak Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Dr. Su Yon Pak (‘99) to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean. Dr. Pak will be Union’s first Asian American and first queer Academic Dean, one of her many groundbreaking firsts. “Su brings a wealth of experience and

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The Supreme Court’s Decision Is An Assault on Biblical Values  

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

News reports indicate that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority will soon strike down Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for draconian measures to ban abortion rights across the country. Rev. Serene Jones, a prominent progressive theologian and president of Union Theological Seminary — a globally-recognized graduate school of religion devoted to advancing social justice —

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Union Announces New CFO & COO – Nina Wong & William H. Peabody III

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Nina Wong to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and William H. Peabody III to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). “Nina and Bill bring a wealth of experience and will be critical to Union’s efforts to strengthen and build

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In Memoriam: Peggy Leu Shriver

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Peggy Leu Shriver, Union Medalist and Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, Dies Peggy Leu Shriver, former Assistant General Secretary for Research, Evaluation and Planning at the National Councilof Churches, passed away in hospice care in Iowa on December 21, 2021. She was 90 years old. Peggy married former Union President Donald W.

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Appointment of Director for Union’s Center for Community Engagement & Social Justice

Friday, March 11, 2022

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Rev. Karmen Michael Smith ’19 as the first Director of Union’s Center for Community Engagement and Social Justice (CCESJ).  “Union has had the pleasure of working with Karmen over the last several years in his role as Assistant Director of Recruitment and

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Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond Shares Her Leadership Journey

Monday, February 14, 2022

Union is very proud of alumna, Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond who serves as President of New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). In the words of Union President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, “LaKeesha is a phenomenal leader – her brilliance, organizational smarts, and her open spirit make her the perfect leader for NYTS at this moment in

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Reflecting on the Practice of Faith and Social Justice at Union

Monday, February 14, 2022

Union Assistant Professor of Homiletics, The Rev. Dr. Timothy Adkins-Jones, the son, grandson and great-grandson of preachers has had a lifelong love for church and God that ultimately brought him to Union. At Union, he is the coordinator of the Religion and the Black Experience program which builds upon the groundbreaking work of scholars like

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In Solidarity with Synagogue Beth Israel

Monday, January 24, 2022

Dearest friends, As we begin a new semester at Union next week, we do so with a profound sense of hope for what lies ahead and simultaneously grave concern over the hatreds that burden our world. Last weekend, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Synagogue Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, lovingly welcomed into their shul a person

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In Memoriam: Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, January 23, 2022

The Union community is saddened to learn of the death of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh ’63, founder of the Order of Interbeing and namesake of our program for Engaged Buddhism – a term he coined. Known for his peacebuilding work, his deep friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his prolific authorship, and his

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