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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.

Headlines

Just Conversations at General Convention

As the Episcopal Church heads to Baltimore for General Convention we will have new episodes of Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas each morning from July 7 through July 12. 

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Mourning the Loss of Former EDS Dean Rev. Dr. William Rankin

EDS at Union joins GAIA Global Health and friends and family across The Episcopal Church in mourning the passing of the Very Rev. Dr. William Rankin. Dr. Rankin served as dean of Episcopal Divinity School from 1993-1998.

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Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film

The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for “Religion and Racial Justice: Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film.”

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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

Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

   The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for “Religion and Racial Justice: Expanding the Moral Imaginary Through Film.” The grant will fund a two-year program that will bring together a cohort of scholars, faith leaders, activists, and artists of color to explore

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EDS at Union Newsletter | August 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022

Dear Friends, I hope this summer you have found time for rest and recuperation even as we continue to face challenging times. Here at EDS at Union, we have been busy preparing for another entering class. This year, we are thrilled to welcome eight new MDiv and STM students to our larger Anglican Studies cohort.

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Mourning the Loss of Former EDS Dean Rev. Dr. William Rankin

Thursday, August 4, 2022

EDS at Union joins GAIA Global Health and friends and family across The Episcopal Church in mourning the passing of the Very Rev. Dr. William Rankin. Dr. Rankin served as dean of Episcopal Divinity School from 1993-1998 and was the author of two books, “The Nuclear Arms Race: Countdown to Disaster” and “Confidentiality and Clergy: Churches, Ethics

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Fall 2022 Community Read

Thursday, July 28, 2022

“The Power Worshippers is required reading for anyone who wants to map the continuing erosion of our already fragile wall between church and state.” –The Washington Post 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

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Upcoming Retirement of Dean Kelly Brown Douglas

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Union announced today that the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will retire from her roles as both the inaugural dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union (EDS at Union) and from The Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 academic year. Union President Serene Jones shared, “Dean Kelly

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Anglicanism and Social Justice

Monday, June 27, 2022

Applications are open! DEADLINE SUNDAY, JULY 31 Apply Today The Anglicanism and Social Justice pilot at EDS at Union is a non-degree, virtual theological education program for lay and ordained Christian leaders. Over the course of four semesters, the program examines issues of racial justice, gender and sexuality, poverty, and environmental justice from a theological

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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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