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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.

Headlines

The Warring Soul of our Nation

To live into the higher aspirations of the founding fathers ​and hence Martin's dream, we must face the truth of who we are as a nation, historically and in the present. In this op-ed, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas reflects on the shared anniversaries of the lynching of Emmitt Louis Till and Martin Luther King ​Jr.'s March on Washington.

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Preaching at the National Cathedral

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas preached at Washington National Cathedral for the first time since the WNC statement on President Trump's racist rhetoric. She reflects on Jesus' statement that he has come to bring division to the Earth (Luke 12:49-56).

"If indeed we are to be a people of faith—that is a people committed to partnering with God in bringing forth such a just future—then there must be divisions; divisions that signal the coming of that very just future."

New York's Homelessness Crisis

EDS at Union director Miguel Escobar joined the Coalition for the Homeless for their #HouseOurFutureNY rally. New York is undergoing a major homelessness crisis with 61K people - more than the population of some cities - sleeping in NYC's shelter system each night. We join the Coalition for the Homeless in calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to designate 30K more affordable housing units for the homeless by 2026.

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Dean Kelly Brown Douglas responds to the mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton: “Even as we mourn the lives taken, even as we worry about the safety of our loved ones, I want to encourage us all to be bolder. Now is the time to summon the moral courage call out white supremacy at every level, whether it is coming from the highest office or at the dinner table. Now is the time to speak out against the toxic combination of guns and white nationalism. Now is the time to connect the dots between the rise in racist rhetoric, the dehumanizing of immigrants and people of color, and the shootings that have just occurred.”

Posted by Episcopal Divinity School at Union on Monday, August 5, 2019

Responding to Mass Shootings

“Even as we mourn the lives taken, even as we worry about the safety of our loved ones, I want to encourage us all to be bolder. Now is the time to summon the moral courage call out white supremacy at every level, whether it is coming from the highest office or at the dinner table."

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

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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Lay Leader Joins Episcopal Divinity School @ Union As Director of Anglican Studies

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NEW YORK– Miguel Escobar, an Episcopal Church leader experienced in developing educational programs for lay and clergy, has been appointed director of Anglican Studies at Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary (EDS at Union). “I am delighted that Miguel has accepted my invitation to be part of what we are building at EDS at

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Union and Episcopal Divinity School at Union Condemn the DOJ’s Anti-Trans Bigotry

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

By Rev. Dr. Serene Jones & Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the Justice Department will no longer consider discrimination against transgender people a violation of the Civil Rights Act. In doing so, he is attempting to not only make bigotry against transgender persons an official U.S. policy,

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We Condemn President Trump’s DACA Betrayal

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

President Trump’s decision today to end the DACA program is cruel, unethical, and violates our most cherished values. As President of Union Theological Seminary and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union, we condemn this vicious hatred. God is love, and love commands we prevent our government from ripping children from their homes. We are

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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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