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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.

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.

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Bishops Against Gun Violence

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas met with the Bishops of Episcopalians Against Gun Violence at their organizing meeting in Washington D.C. and presented EDS at Union's resolution and statement principles on gun violence. Dean Douglas concludes "We invite the wider Church, including other theological institutions and seminaries, to join us in this national effort."

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Honoring Absalom Jones

The Rev. Charles (Chuck) Wynder led a moving Absalom Jones Hymn Sing on February 13. Chuck is an EDS alumnus and a new member of the board of trustees. He spoke about the importance of carrying forward the legacy of Absalom Jones to EDS at Union.

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Artist-in-Residence Dr. Sandra Montes

EDS at Union was honored to welcome Dr. Sandra Montes as artist-in-residence from February 11-15. In addition to helping to lead music in worship services, Dr. Montes presented in Dr. Altagracia Perez-Bullard's Spanish for Ministry course on congregational development in a Latinx context. She concluded the week with a Friday afternoon workshop on leading bilingual liturgy.

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Duke Divinity’s Faith & Leadership: Hilary Pennington

EDS alumna Hilary Pennington was profiled in Duke Divinity's Faith & Leadership for her work as the executive vice president for program at the Ford Foundation. Speaking about her time at EDS, Hilary said "The Episcopal Divinity School attracted me because it did a lot of work on liberation theology and social justice movement change. I felt that the kinds of changes I felt our society needed to make lay more in that than in what I had been doing. It was a chance to read and learn theory and history that I had not had. And it has 100 percent influenced what I do now."

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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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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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Recommended Gun Safety Resources from EDS at Union

Thursday, October 4, 2018

On October 3, 2018, Episcopal Divinity School at Union joined with Everytown for Gun Safety, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship for an Interfaith Vigil Against Gun Violence in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the largest mass shooting in the United States. A recording of the event is available here

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Live Stream: Interfaith Vigil Against Gun Violence

Monday, October 1, 2018

Please join Episcopal Divinity School at Union, in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship for an Interfaith Vigil Against Gun Violence on October 3rd, the one-year anniversary of the largest mass shooting in the United States. The event will begin at 6:00 pm. The vigil and live stream will begin

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Planning Bilingual Worship for English and Spanish-speaking Congregations

Monday, July 23, 2018

We are excited to announce that on September 19, the Rev. Dr. Altagracia Perez-Bullard is leading an evening workshop for EDS at Union students on “Planning Bilingual Worship for English and Spanish-speaking Congregations.” The Rev. Dr. Altagracia Pérez-Bullard is Canon for Congregational Vitality in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and has served in the

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EDS at Union Attends General Convention

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will take place from July 5 – July 13 in Austin, Texas. Throughout the convention, Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of EDS at Union will convene with Episcopal leaders from around the country on Facebook Live to discuss critical issues facing the church. Watch those conversations below, by

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Presiding Bishop to Speak at EDS at Union Convocation 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

As we begin a bright and promising 2018, I want to share with you what I’m most looking forward to as Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union. I am eager to welcome a new class of students in fall 2018, who will become a part of EDS’ longstanding legacy of social justice leadership. I

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The Misguided Theology of the Trump Administration

Friday, June 15, 2018

From Dean Kelly Brown Douglas: The word of God shall not be betrayed! Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration’s unconscionable policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border by exploiting the bible. Session’s statement calls to mind the many instances in U.S. history in which the bible has been misused to

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NRA: Our Children Are Not Sacrificial Lambs

Monday, February 26, 2018

“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted because they are no more.” – Jeremiah 31:15 One week after the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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EDS at Union Board Resolution on Dean Harvey Guthrie

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Episcopal Divinity School at Union board met on February 23rd and 24th and passed the following resolution in honor of the Very Rev. Dr. Harvey Guthrie:  Upon the occasion of his death on December 17, 2017, the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary expresses their profound gratitude for the

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