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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.


The Alliance of Baptists' Just Sex Conference

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas urged attendees at the Alliance of Baptists' Just Sex Conference to go beyond commonly held interpretations of the Bible to a close and studied engagement with the scriptures. Dean Douglas noted "It’s always amazing to me how people espouse what God says in the Bible about quote-unquote homosexuality and it’s like: ‘Really? Where do you find that? That’s not there.’”

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Writing Op-Eds as Public Witness

On November 7th, EDS at Union welcomed the Rev. Steven Paulikas and Chris Lee for a workshop on “Writing Op-Eds as Public Witness.” This workshop offered Anglican Studies students practical tips on honing a pitch and getting published in local and national newspapers. The Rev. Paulikas is rector of All Saints in Park Slope, Brooklyn and has published op-eds in the New York Times and, most recently, The Nation. Chris Lee is an Episcopal seminarian from the Diocese of Long Island and previously worked for the op-ed desk of the New York Times.

Activating the Religious Left

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas was quoted extensively in the following October 24 Religion News Service article on Cory Booker, a candidate for the religious left: "I think faith communities, particularly the religious left, need to become even more aware of the significant, for lack of a better word, lobbying power that they have..."

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Bishop Lee Visits EDS at Union

Bishop Jeff Lee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago was at EDS at Union throughout the last week of October teaching liturgy as well as planning and leading worship with Anglican Studies students. He and the Anglican Studies students planned a paperless prayer service for the seminary-wide Vigil of All Saints.


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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Union and EDS at Union Condemn the Evils of White Supremacy and the President’s Immoral Response

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In a press conference held yesterday afternoon, President Trump spoke at length about the heinous acts of white supremacy that took place in Charlottesville, VA and assigned equal blame to “both sides” for Saturday’s violence. When our nation needed outright condemnation, the President offered a shockingly immoral response. He spoke of “very fine people on

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Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary

Friday, May 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas ’82, ’88 – Scholar & Racial Justice Activist – Named EDS’s New Dean Cambridge, MA –  Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary today announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in

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Episcopal Divinity School to Pursue Affiliation with Union

Friday, February 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cambridge, MA – The Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) today voted to pursue an affiliation with Union Theological Seminary that would create an EDS entity to provide Episcopal theological education and other programs at Union’s campus in New York. The Board of Trustees of Union Theological Seminary has voted enthusiastically

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