Anglicanism and Social Justice

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The Anglicanism and Social Justice pilot at EDS at Union is a non-degree, virtual theological education program for lay and ordained Christian leaders. Over the course of four semesters, the program examines issues of racial justice, gender and sexuality, poverty, and environmental justice from a theological perspective, asking how the church is being called to respond. Throughout, attention is given to Christian biblical interpretation and the Anglican/Episcopal tradition as historical sites for sanctioning and/or resisting oppression.

In its first year (2021-2022), the program had over 60 participants from around the country, including clergy, laity, and those in discernment and formation for ministry. While most of these participants are continuing on for a second year, the program is accepting a limited number of additional applications for 2022-2023. Please apply by Sunday, July 31. 

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During each semester of the 2022-2023 academic year, this expanded cohort will gather virtually for five (5) day-long events—including two Union weekend intensive courses—comprised of lectures from faculty, interviews with guest scholars, activists, and faith leaders, and small group discussions. Participants in the program are asked to read approximately five books per semester. Between sessions, participants engage with one another and the assigned readings via online discussion forums. Please reach out to EDS associate program director Emilee Walker-Cornetta at with any questions.

Pilot program cost: $1,000 per student for one year*

Major Dates for 2022-2023 Academic Year

July 15, 2022 Release of poverty justice reading list
August 20, 2022 Orientation and a one-day conference
September 24, 2022 Retreat on the theme of racial and economic justice
October 7-8, 2022 Two-day Online Continuing Education Course “The Theology Gustavo Gutierrez” taught by Dean Kelly Brown Douglas
November 4-5, 2022 Two-day Online Continuing Education Course course “Chaplaincy and Building a Movement in Poor Communities” taught by the Rev. Sarah Monroe
December 1, 2022 Release of environmental justice reading list
January 7, 2023 Regathering and one-day conference
February 11, 2023 Retreat on the theme of race & environmental justice
March 24-25, 2023 Two-day Online Continuing Education course “Place-making as Ecojustice” taught by Dr. Lea Schweitz
April 14-15, 2022 Two-day Online Continuing Education course “Crossroads and Confluence: An Examination of Gender and Race in the Movements of Ecological and Economic Justice” taught by
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, and Karenna Gore
May 6, 2023 End of year reflection and ceremony
* This is a significantly reduced amount as students will be piloting the program and expected to offer a thorough evaluation on an ongoing basis. Subsequent years will be at a higher cost. 

Please note that this is a non-certificate program. If you would like Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to register with your diocese, EDS at Union can provide a letter confirming participation in this program to the appropriate diocesan contact.

Anglicanism and Social Justice Pilot Application

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