Union News


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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EDS At Union Celebrates Inaugural Convocation in NYC

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The affiliation of the Episcopal Divinity School with Union Theological Seminary began in earnest in August, when the first ten students arrived for the Anglican Studies program. But it was the inaugural Convocation and installation of the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D. as Dean last week, that cemented this new chapter for EDS at

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Tree of Life Murders Call for ‘Strength to Love’ Against Political Bigotry

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Our hearts are grief-ridden and our spirits horrified by Saturday’s tragic shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. We hold all the members of the congregation, and the Jewish community, in our thoughts and prayers as they—and the whole nation—wrestle with the horrifying aftermath of anti-Semitism in its most virulent, violent form. This senseless, savage

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Reimagining End of Life at Union

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

At the end of October, the Reimagine End of Life Conference will host a citywide conversation about life and death. The conference is an exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, it creates weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse

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Our Union of Affirming Christians Responds to Federal Transphobia

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

“The Union of Affirming Christians embraces the full and complete humanity of transgender and non-binary persons. All people are made in the image of God and redeemed by reconciling love of God for the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To deny the humanity of our trans/non-binary family is to deny

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Faculty Announcements

Thursday, October 11, 2018

We’re pleased to share a number of new faculty announcements: Union’s new Assistant Professor of Early Church History is Dr. Julia Kelto Lillis. Dr. Kelto Lillis holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University.  Her primary research interests concern ancient

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Catholic Women Protest Synodal Sexism

Monday, October 8, 2018

Abby Rampone ’20 is currently in Rome to participate in feminist advocacy around the October 2018 synod. This afternoon, I joined a group of more than twenty people, mostly women, outside the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. Formerly known as the Inquisition, the CDF is the site of the October 2018

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