Union News


Celebrate PRIDE at Union

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Celebrate PRIDE at Union this month as we come together as a community in worship and to honor stories from Queer faith leaders. Below is a recap of ways to get involved this month! Please join us for our weekly virtual PRIDE chapel services taking place every Wednesday throughout June. Each service will feature leaders

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Union Medal awarded to Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and Chair of the Board of Trustees William Candelaria, presented the seminary’s highest honor, the Union Medal, to Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, M.Div. ’94, Ph.D. ’06, during commencement exercises on May 21. The Union medal was instituted in 1981 as a means of honoring persons whose lives

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Union Theological Seminary welcomes Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (UTS) welcomes Ki-Eun Jang, Ph.D., as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Jang will serve full-time as Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies. The Fellowship supports a two-year, visiting professorship at a North American theological school, college or university. As part of the

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Planning for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The following letter was shared with the Union Community by President Serene Jones on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Dear Union Students, As we prepare for the end of the current Academic Year at Union, we are actively planning for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  We realize how difficult this year has been because of Union’s quick

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Union Announces New Position for Online Education and Learning Innovation

Friday, April 30, 2021

Union Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. Serene Jones today announced the appointment of David Gastwirth to the position of Vice President of Online Education and Learning Innovation. This newly created position will build UTS’ capacity and implementation of emerging global programming. In this role, Gastwirth will be responsible for crafting the vision for online learning, and

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Statement regarding discovery of noose on campus

Thursday, April 15, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, a Union Theological Seminary staff member found a noose hanging from pipes in an elevator room on the roof of McGiffert Hall, a residential building on campus that houses both students and faculty. President Serene Jones issued the following statement in response: “We are deeply disturbed and devastated by the discovery of a

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Community Letter on Anti-AAPI Violence

Friday, March 19, 2021

Dear Union Community, It is with profound grief and outrage that I write to you after this week’s murder of eight people, including six targeted women of Asian descent, in and near Atlanta. At Union, we stand in solidarity with all of our siblings across the nation, especially with our AAPI siblings, in condemning the escalating

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Choose Healthy Life

Friday, February 26, 2021

On Thursday, February 18, Union and EDS at Union partnered with Choose Healthy Life to host a webinar aimed at empowering students and clergy to become informed messengers who educate and inspire their communities to fight COVID-19 through social distancing, testing, and vaccinations.  Resourses: Debra Fraser-Howze Presentation Dr. Tom Frieden’s Presentation Speakers: The Rev. Fred

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Union Announces New Dean of Chapel

Monday, January 25, 2021

Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones today announced the appointment of Dr. Sandra Montes as Dean of Chapel. Montes had been serving as Interim Dean since August 2019, and is credited with the successful and seamless move of chapel online due to COVID. A bilingual educator, musician, liturgist and writer who previously worked with The

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Godspeed Senator-elect Warnock

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Godspeed Senator-elect Raphael Warnock Yesterday was an historic day for our nation and for our beloved seminary, Union.  Unfortunately, what began as a day of celebration quickly turned to a day marked by violence and hatred enacted by the domestic terrorist mob that assaulted our nation’s capital, incited by a diabolical president. It was chilling

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