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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

Church Service Inspired by Beyoncé

EDS at Union students attended “Beyonce Mass” presented on Oct 24 at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem NYC. The event explores how issues of race and gender impact the lives, voices and bodies of African-American women.

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Remembering the Philadelphia Eleven

A recently released movie clip features The Rev. Dr. Allison Cheek '90, an EDS alumna who was one of the first women ordained in the Episcopal church. From the documentary “The Philadelphia Eleven,” speaks to the power of imagining beyond what some consider to be impossible.

Students Meet The Rev. Cn. Jan Cope

Congregational leadership, vision, strategy and fundraising was the focus of The Rev. Cn. Jan Cope during an Oct 14, workshop with EDS at Union students. Bringing the experience of her serving as Provost at the Washington National Cathedral, The Rev. Cope gave EDS students an opportunity to engage with current trends in church vitality.

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Reflecting on the Flint Water Crisis

Last week, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas visited Flint, Michigan, to hear from water warriors, clergy, journalists, and documentarians who are seeking justice for the Flint water crisis. In this video, Dean Douglas shares what she learned during these conversations and reflects on her experience.

Posted by Episcopal Divinity School at Union on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Justice, Equity & Church in Flint, Michigan

Dean Kelly Brown Douglas visited Flint, Michigan, to learn more from those seeking justice for the Flint water crisis. Throughout the week, Dean Douglas heard from water warriors, clergy, journalists, and documentarians, and addresses the congregation at Flint's St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

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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

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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