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Union President Announces New Vice President of Development

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Rita L. Walters as Vice President of Development, effective July 1, 2019.  Walters brings 20 years of fundraising and advancement experience in non-profit, faith-based and higher education sectors. Most recently, she served as the Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of Maryland and Vice

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2019 Orientation Team

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Orientation Team works with the Dean of Student Affairs to acclimate students to the Union community. If you have any questions or concerns as you prepare for the upcoming school year, the Orientation Team is here to help! Meet the 2019 Orientation Team below. They can be reached at orientation@utsnyc.edu. Learn more about Orientation here, and

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A More Plural Union

Monday, May 20, 2019

By Simran Jeet Singh  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A Zen Buddhist priest and a Muslima scholar of Islam walk into a seminary and propose new M.Div. programs not tied to Christian ministry.    To those unfamiliar with Union Theological Seminary, this might sound like the setup to a bad punchline for religion

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LaGrange and the Lynching Tree

Friday, May 10, 2019

Bobbie Hart has lived in or near LaGrange, Ga., for her entire life; before 2015, she had never heard about Austin Callaway’s lynching. Like so many other acts of terror, Callaway’s abduction and murder in 1940 had been shrouded in suffocating silence, erased by the fear such despicable acts were designed to engender in LaGrange’s

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President shares message about Easter article

Sunday, May 5, 2019

By Rev. Dr. Serene Jones President, Union Theological Seminary   Dear Friends, Many of you have written to me about my interview with Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times on April 21, Easter Sunday.  Thank you for sharing your heartfelt responses to the piece. As a Christian theologian who has devoted her life to exploring the intricacies

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Mourning Another Hateful Tragedy

Monday, April 29, 2019

We reel, again, in the wake of yet another horrifying act of violence. We grieve with the Congregation Chabad in Poway, CA, and all our Jewish siblings. It is an all-too-painful reminder of how Anti-Semitism continues to corrupt our communities, the deadly fruits of bigotry. Today, we weep with those who weep, and pray this

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Queer Faith

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

After the United Methodist Church voted to entrench its rejection of LGBTQ people, the pain in our community was palpable. We knew we had to respond. We could talk about how homophobic theology is damaging. We could condemn bigotry masquerading as God-talk. But that’s not the story we see every day at Union. We see

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Dr. Jerusha Tanner Rhodes Appointed Associate Professor of Islam & Interreligious Engagement

Friday, March 1, 2019

Union Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Jerusha Tanner Rhodes, Ph.D. has been promoted to Associate Professor of Islam and Interreligious Engagement without term (with tenure), by the Union Board of Trustees following the enthusiastic recommendation by the faculty’s Committee on Appointments. “Having worked closely with Professor Rhodes in the rigorous review for promotion

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Latinx Theology in Xenophobic Times: An Interview with Professor Machado

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Amid a government shutdown and public fight over US immigration policy, we sat down with Rev. Dr. Daisy Machado, Professor of Church History at Union. In addition to the Borderlands class described in depth below, Dr. Machado’s recent courses include Eugenics, Race, Gender, and Nation: A Brief History and Religious Movements from the Margins: A

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Love Knows No Borders

Thursday, December 20, 2018

From December 6 – 11, a Union delegation traveled to the San Diego/Tijuana border, to work with asylum seekers in Mexico and participate in a protest at the border. Below, they describe their experience, what it taught them about the US immigration system, and what ministry can look like amidst such unjust suffering. Gabrielle Sclafani

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