Institutes & Initiatives

Center for Earth Ethics

Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) is a forum for education, public discourse and movement building that draws on faith and wisdom traditions to address our ecological crisis and its root causes.

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Encore Transition Program

The Encore Transition Program at Union Theological Seminary engages a diverse group of like-minded 55+ adults in a four-month program of discernment, dialogue, and decision-making about what an “encore” stage of productive and experienced adulthood might look like.

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The Insight Project

The Insight Project is a multi-year program series that seeks to expose and explore modern conceptions of theology and spirituality.

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Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement

The Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement (ISJIE) Program promotes academic and public education aimed at cultivating diverse Islamic responses to pressing social justice issues.

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The Kairos Center

The Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice seeks to learn from, strengthen, and expand transformative movements for social change, led by the poor and drawing on the power of religious traditions and human rights.

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Millennial Leaders Project

Millennial generation activists, leaders, and organizers who have a demonstrated a strong record of sustained social justice will convene at Union July for the fourth annual Millennial Leaders Project (MLP) Summer Conference.

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RISE Together

In collaboration with the Women of Color in Ministry (WOCIM) Project, RISE Together seeks to Renew, Inspire, Support and Empower female ministers, activists, and scholars by providing compassionate, culturally-relevant, professional connections and leadership development opportunities.

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Thich Nhat Hanh Program for Engaged Buddhism

The Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism (TNHEB) promotes academic and public education aimed at cultivating diverse Buddhist responses to pressing social issues.

Vision – Cultivating Pastoral Eschatological Imagination

The VISION Program engages mid-career pastors from the New York metropolitan area in a two-year collaborative leadership program designed to support new ministries and build clergy relationships across denominations and religious traditions.

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Women's Interfaith Residency Program

Each year, the Women’s Interfaith Residency Program invites five women from different faith backgrounds to commit to life together in intentional community. Together, they probe new contexts for interfaith dialogue and cultivate close lasting relationships across religious traditions.

Union Forum

The Union Forum encompasses the institutes and initiatives at Union Theological Seminary, and provide innovative ways for seminarians to put what they learn in the classroom directly into practice, as they work to create a more just world. Through the Union Forum’s extensive programming, the seminary encourages public engagement around global issues through seminars, lectures featuring world-renowned activists and thought leaders, and specialized course offerings.

These programs reflect Union’s historic commitment to living the world’s claims upon the church and offer a unique opportunity for students to develop skills in areas that range beyond the traditional seminary education. At Union, students have the opportunity to live out their commitment to social justice through art, food justice, human rights advocacy, and ministry among and on behalf of the poor.

To learn more about the Union Forum, contact Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice President for Innovation in Public Programs.