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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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EDS News

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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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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