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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.


Scene and Unseen: Facing Race Through Film

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, as well as keynote speaker Melissa Harris-Perry - will participate in Trinity Wall Steet's conference Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film. The event will explore how cinema can reveal entrenched inequities, foster dialogue, and ignite transformation towards healing and reconciliation. It will take place February 8-9 at St. Paul’s Chapel.

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Spring Semester Retreat

EDS alumna the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas ('88) will lead a spiritual retreat for the returning class of Anglican Studies students. Dr. Bullitt-Jonas will open the Spring semester with spiritual exercises on the theme of "Spiritual Resilience and Leadership in a Time of Climate Crisis.” EDS at Union will be exploring issues of environmental justice throughout the Spring semester.

What It Really Means to Heal

EDS alumna Cyndi Jones' opinion piece "What It Really Means to Heal" was recently published in the New York Times. She notes "Little do these strangers know — I do have faith, and the wounds that they see actually bear witness to a miracle. If they only understood that my scars are reminders of prayers answered."

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Trinity's New Theologian in Residence

Big news—and a great honor for Trinity Church Wall Street. Watch the announcement from Rector Bill Lupfer about Trinity’s new Theologian in Residence #edsatunion

Posted by Trinity Wall Street on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dean Douglas Named Trinity Wall Street’s Theologian in Residence

Trinity Wall Street has named Dean Kelly Brown Douglas their Theologian in Residence. The Rev. Bill Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street, notes that Dean Douglas will help Trinity to do theological reflection on their core values.


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 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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