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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.

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Episcopal Relief & Development Visits EDS at Union

Chad Brinkman and Sean McConnell lead a workshop focused on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and Climate Change for our Anglican Studies students.

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The “Beyond Whiteness” Forum at the All Saints Church

“Just because you look like a white American doesn’t mean you have to act like one. The first step on the road to recovery is to own one’s whiteness and realize how it keeps you from your true identity as a child of God.” - Kelly Brown Douglas

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The Episcopal Faith of Mayor Pete Buttigieg

The Daily Beast asked Dean Kelly Brown Douglas why Mayor Pete’s Episcopal faith is being attacked by prominent right-wing Evangelicals.

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Dr. Gary Dorrien address on Democratic Socialism

A full crowd gathered to hear the Rev. Dr. Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, deliver an address on Democratic and Christian Socialism. This event celebrated his new book, Social Democracy in the Making.

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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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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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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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