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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 moral principles 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.


Offering the Local Church to God's Beloved

Rev. Anna Olson taught a two-day intensive course challenging the conventional wisdom of church growth programs, advocating for throwing the doors of the church open on the assumption that God is already at work in the community.

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Anglican Missions & Social Justice

Rev. Kenneth O. Ofula joined the EDS at Union students for a lecture on Anglican missions in East Africa. This lecture is part of the course taught by Dr. Joshua Samuel that asks students to explore "the different understandings of missions in post-colonial contexts."

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Second Annual Hymn Sing

The EDS at Union community came together in song with AME Pastor Henry Allen Belin in telling the story of Absalom Jones, the first black priest of the Episcopal a Church, and Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Spanish Learning Lab

This Spring Semester, EDS at Union is piloting a “Spanish Learning Lab” to give students who are beginner Spanish speakers an opportunity to gain language skills. This weekly course is facilitated by Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate and is centered around in-person conversation practice combined with an online Spanish tutorial program.

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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 at Union Newsletter | December 2022

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Dear Friends, What a year we have had as we all continue to navigate the loss and hardship of the pandemic as well as the political and social divisions that have defined our nation. As difficult as these times are, Christmas still comes. It comes bringing to us the good news that no matter what

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Poverty and Profit in the American City

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” —Matthew Desmond Each semester, Episcopal Divinity School at Union selects a book that serves as a guiding focus for discussion on justice issues that are critical for faith communities. For Spring

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EDS at Union Newsletter | October 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  Having problems viewing this email? View online. Dear Friends, As we all begin to open up to the world that “awaits” us after 18 months of quarantine, EDS at Union re-opened its doors to an in-person community of learners. We welcomed to campus for the first time not only our entering class of 2021,

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EDS at Union Welcomes Two New Associate Program Directors

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

EDS at Union welcomed two new associate program directors to the staff this summer, the Rev. Anna Olson and Emilee Walker-Cornetta. Learn more about Rev. Anna Olson and Emilee Walker-Cornetta below. The Rev. Anna Olson The Rev. Anna Olson is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity ‘98) and Stanford University (Bachelor of

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Reframing our History: The 1619 Project

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Each semester, Episcopal Divinity School at Union selects a theme and a book as a guiding focus for a semester-long discussion on justice issues critical for faith communities. This Fall 2021, EDS at Union has selected The 1619 Project, an ongoing project from The New York Times Magazine that “aims to reframe the country’s history

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Episcopal Divinity School at Union launches new Journal of Latinx Anglican Theology

Friday, July 23, 2021

Lea en Español  |  Leia em Português Episcopal Divinity School at Union launches new Journal of Latinx Anglican Theology The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in New York City announced today that it will be launching the Revista de Teología Anglicana Latina, an online academic journal offering peer-reviewed academic articles on the encounter

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EDS at Union Newsletter | June 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Dear Friends,   As we emerge from a more than 15-month quarantine, we give thanks for God’s faithfulness, we pray for the repose of the souls of those who lives have been lost during this time and we pray for God’s healing peace for all those who grieve. The crisis of the two raging pandemics of

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EDS Community Read leads to fruitful collaborative partnerships

Friday, June 4, 2021

This past academic year provided a unique opportunity for the Episcopal Divinity School at Union to reimagine how it delivers instruction, supports its students, celebrates worship and frames its role in the public square. At the same time, it was also an opportunity to get a glimpse of what might be possible if EDS at

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Anglicanism and Social Justice

Friday, April 30, 2021

Application Deadline: Friday, June 18 Apply Today EDS at Union is piloting an online, two-year program that brings together a cohort of lifelong learners for conferences, book discussions, spiritual retreats, weekend courses, and lunchtime workshops around important themes of social justice. Intended for busy Episcopal laity and clergy who would like to gain a stronger

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EDS at Union Newsletter | March 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Having problems viewing this email? View online. Dear Friends, This season of Lent has been for me both a personal and professional journey of prayerful self-reflection. For, it is for me a time of taking stock on what it means to be created in the image of God. As I often say, that we are

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Anonymous Donation to Expand Racial Justice Programming

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Funds will allow for continued investment in and growth of instructional opportunities and public courses, along with the creation of a board committee for racial justice education The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS at Union) received a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor with the explicit request that the funds be used

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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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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Check your local listings and watch the PBS documentary “THE BLACK CHURCH: THIS IS OUR STORY, THIS IS OUR SONG” on February 16 and 17, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. ET. This moving four-hour, two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director

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EDS at Union Awarded $100,000 Grant by Trinity Church Wall Street

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Grant will expand capstone moral leadership course and create digital materials and resources to prepare students to address social justice issues Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS at Union) has officially announced that it was awarded a grant of $100,000 by Trinity Church Wall Street to expand its capstone moral leadership course and

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