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In Spring 2017, Episcopal Divinity School affiliated with Union Theological Seminary, creating EDS at Union. This new partnership allows EDS to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting seminary while carrying forth their long history and mission of dismantling racism and working for social justice. Guided by the traditions of EDS and the Anglican community, EDS at Union has identified the following core values which will guide their work with students, the Church, and in the public square.

EDS at Union Core Values

FAITH: EDS at Union’s Anglican studies program is grounded in the gospel call to partner with God in mending the earth.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: EDS at Union is committed in all of its interactions to bring faith and theological scholarship together in the service of social justice.
VISION: EDS at Union is committed to being a responsible visionary of its material and non–material resources so as to be accountable to its future and to building a just earth.
INCLUSIVENESS: EDS at Union’s circle of interactions will represent a culturally, ethnically, religiously and nongendered array of voices along with those who are suffering on the underside of injustice.
RESPECT: EDS at Union will value the sacred dignity of all persons in all of our interactions and conversations. 
INTEGRITY: Demonstrate strong more principals and maintain values even when it’s unpopular.

Union students who enroll in the EDS at Union Anglican Studies program at Union will earn a Master of Divinity degree from Union and also fulfill requirements for ordination in the Episcopal Church. The Anglican Studies program will include a clear pathway for those called to the ordained ministry and for those called to various lay ministries. Both paths will train students to be effective preachers, liturgical leaders, and administrators. In all instances, students will be prepared to embrace ministries that reflect what it means to be sanctuary and witness in contemporary society.

Led by Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, EDS at Union aims to transform theological education by providing innovative public programming and classroom instruction that reimagines faith in the public square and trains faith leaders for progressive activism.

Headlines

The Warring Soul of our Nation

To live into the higher aspirations of the founding fathers ​and hence Martin's dream, we must face the truth of who we are as a nation, historically and in the present. In this op-ed, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas reflects on the shared anniversaries of the lynching of Emmitt Louis Till and Martin Luther King ​Jr.'s March on Washington.

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Preaching at the National Cathedral

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas preached at Washington National Cathedral for the first time since the WNC statement on President Trump's racist rhetoric. She reflects on Jesus' statement that he has come to bring division to the Earth (Luke 12:49-56).

"If indeed we are to be a people of faith—that is a people committed to partnering with God in bringing forth such a just future—then there must be divisions; divisions that signal the coming of that very just future."

New York's Homelessness Crisis

EDS at Union director Miguel Escobar joined the Coalition for the Homeless for their #HouseOurFutureNY rally. New York is undergoing a major homelessness crisis with 61K people - more than the population of some cities - sleeping in NYC's shelter system each night. We join the Coalition for the Homeless in calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to designate 30K more affordable housing units for the homeless by 2026.

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Dean Kelly Brown Douglas responds to the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton: “Even as we mourn the lives taken, even as we worry about the safety of our loved ones, I want to encourage us all to be bolder. Now is the time to summon the moral courage call out white supremacy at every level, whether it is coming from the highest office or at the dinner table. Now is the time to speak out against the toxic combination of guns and white nationalism. Now is the time to connect the dots between the rise in racist rhetoric, the dehumanizing of immigrants and people of color, and the shootings that have just occurred.”

Posted by Episcopal Divinity School at Union on Monday, August 5, 2019

Responding to Mass Shootings

“Even as we mourn the lives taken, even as we worry about the safety of our loved ones, I want to encourage us all to be bolder. Now is the time to summon the moral courage call out white supremacy at every level, whether it is coming from the highest office or at the dinner table."

Podcast

The EDS at Union NOW podcast features faith leaders, educators, and community organizers discussing the complicated social and moral challenges of the day, as well as the ever-changing world of theological education.

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EDS News

Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

On July 30, 2019, the leaders of the Washington National Cathedral, including Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, released a statement denouncing the continuous and escalating racist and dehumanizing rhetoric from the President of the United States. Below you can read the full statement and see a recap of the media response. Have We No Decency? A

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Living the Gospel

Thursday, June 27, 2019

We interviewed Rev. Bonnie Perry ‘88, the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, and the first openly-gay woman to be elected to that post. You’re stepping into a new position, which gives you the opportunity to think about the future direction of the church and what you would like to bring. What do you

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EDS at Union June Newsletter

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Where Faith and Scholarship Meet to Reimagine the Work of Justice Dear friends, As Dean of EDS at Union, I have the privilege of sharing with people across the Church the work that God is calling us to today. Over the past several months, I have been speaking about the dangerous rise of white supremacy

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Image from the National Legacy Museum - shows a wall with the quote "For the hanged and beaten. For the shot, drowned, and burned. For the tortured, tormented, and terrorized. For the abandoned by the rule of law. We will remember. With hope because hopelessness is the enemy of justice. With courage because peace requires bravery. With persistence because justice is a constant struggle. With faith because we shall overcome."

Pilgrimage to Alabama and the Equal Justice Initiative

Monday, June 17, 2019

Episcopal Divinity School at Union and The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest will make a pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama from Wednesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 22, to visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Established by the Equal Justice Initiative, these sites are our nation’s first memorials dedicated to the legacy

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He Showed Them His Wounds

Friday, May 3, 2019

By The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Union Chapel Service: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Her name was Sandra Parks. When she was in the sixth grade she wrote an award-winning essay in her school’s districts Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest. She wrote of the traumatic wounds she endured in her Milwaukee neighborhood as

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The Easter Call: Death Is Not The Final Verdict

Saturday, April 20, 2019

 By The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas  Easter morning makes clear that God will not tolerate crucifying realities that deny the sacred dignity and life of any human being. Laquan McDonald, by three years old, was a ward of the state. Passed around through various foster and relative’s homes, he was emotionally and physically

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Observing the Feast of Dr. King on the 51st Anniversary of his Death

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Very Rev. Kellly Brown Douglas is visiting Virginia Theological Seminary to observe the Feast of Dr. King on the 51st anniversary of his death. As the guest preacher, below is the sermon she will deliver on Thursday, April 4th at the Seminary’s community Eucharist. By The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas Good Evening Virginia

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Speaking Clearly About the Cost LGBTQ People Bear

Friday, March 22, 2019

By Miguel Escobar, Director of Anglican Studies Several months ago, I received an email asking me to serve on the Taskforce on Communion Across Difference. Truthfully, my initial reaction was to say “absolutely not.” Growing up as an effeminate Latino gay kid in a small, mostly white town in rural Texas, the wounds are still

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Episcopal Bishops’ Resolution and Statement of Principles on Gun Violence

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Whereas 96 Americans on average are killed a day Whereas on a monthly average 50 women in America are killed by an intimate partner Whereas Black Americans who are less than 14% of the population account for more than half of all gun deaths Whereas gun-related deaths are the third leading cause of death for

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What Borders Must We Cross in 2019?

Monday, January 7, 2019

By The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas “The phenomenon of refugees is not an El Paso problem, it’s a U.S. problem,” said Ruben Garcia, the founder and director of Annunciation House. And he should know. At Annunciation House, they provide the “hospitality” of food, bed, a shower, and other necessities for at least 2000

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Live Stream – Flint, Faith, and Justice: The Poisoned City

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The EDS at Union Spring Community Read is Anna Clark’s riveting book, The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy. Anna Clark will join Dean Kelly Brown Douglas on Wednesday, January 30, at 6:00 pm EST, in James Chapel for a conversation about how Flint’s water and this urban tragedy is connected to the work of

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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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Live Stream: EDS at Union Inaugural Convocation

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Watch the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Convocation, a two-night event that celebrated the next chapter in the life of EDS On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, The Very Reverend Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D., delivered the Dean’s Address, Toward a Just Earth: Courageous Faith in Challenging Times. On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, the EDS at Union Inaugural Convocation featured The

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Live Stream: Bryan Stevenson Lecture on Just Mercy

Monday, October 8, 2018

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a New York Times Best Seller by Bryan Stevenson. EDS at Union selected Stevenson’s book as their community read for the Fall semester and the author

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