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Union Theological Seminary

'Union Seminary's Big Mistake'

Susana Belén Ferrer | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion
Susana Belén Ferrer

As many in the liberal theological world have heard by now, Union Theological Seminary is currently in the final stages of a plan to ensure its future by selling off its air rights.

Being an Imposter in Seminary

Susana Belén Ferrer | Posted 02.12.2017 | Religion
Susana Belén Ferrer

As a latina-identified person in theological higher education, I've struggled a lot with imposter syndrome. This is the sensation that somehow, in spi...

Why This Papal Visit is Different

Serene Jones | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Serene Jones

Pope Francis' message is firmly grounded in the teachings of Jesus and Christian doctrine as applied to the broken world we find ourselves in today. What is new is that we have a messenger so powerfully capable of conveying this message.

Kendrick Lamar's Theology of Alright

Stanley T. Talbert | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Stanley T. Talbert

If you have seen Kendrick Lamar's latest music video, "Alright," then you know it is arguably one of the most epic music videos of all time. Lamar's "Alright" gives you a lift of hope in the midst of perpetual antipathy for black and brown human lives in our world today.

Is Barth on the Mark?

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

Like everyone, Karl Barth is limited to his historical and cultural and political context, but like all great theologians, he has the capacity to speak to universal ideals, morals and beliefs.

Incarcerated Women Reflect On Jesus' Seven Last Words On The Cross

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

On Good Friday, many Christians reflect on what are known as the seven last words -- the final statements Jesus Christ said while on the cross, as rec...

Members Of Congress Participate In Faith Orientation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

Is there room for faith in politics, even with the separation of church and state? New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted a day-long “C...

Investing in Our Children's Future: Divestment, Sustainability and Climate Justice

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Climate change affects all people but it especially endangers the lives of our sisters and brothers who live in poverty around the world. Because of this, climate justice is an economic, social, and political as well as environmental issue.

These Inspiring Faith Leaders Have A Message For The UN's Climate Summit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

Union Theological Seminary hosted the Religions for the Earth conference over the weekend -- and there was no shortage of inspiring faith leaders. ...

Climate Justice: World Council of Church's Interfaith Summit on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

This is not only an environmental issue, but also an economic and social issue. Communities, churches and individuals need to become and involved in working towards climate justice. The time to act is now. Tomorrow is already too late.

Religious Groups Prepare To Take To The Streets For The Environment

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion

A coalition of more than 1,000 organizations will take to the streets in New York City on Sunday, September 21, for the People's Climate March to dema...

For the Good of Our Shared Earth: The World Council of Churches and 'Religions for the Earth'

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

If everyone does their part, we can move towards cleaning up the earth and living sustainably. Each person, community and religious organizations must work toward saving the earth.

Women of Color in Ministry: Ending Discrimination

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The battle to end the rampant and persistent discrimination against women of color in ministry in the American religious community can be won.

'Out of Many, One'

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

In 1782 an act of Congress determined that the latin phrase "e pluribus unum" would become the motto of a fledgling nation.

Leading Seminary Makes History With Vote To Divest From Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

Trustees of Union Theological Seminary in New York City voted on Tuesday to divest from fossil fuels, making Union the world's first seminary to take ...

How Can The U.S. Continue To Prosper?

Venerable Pomnyun | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Venerable Pomnyun

The holy saying "Do not revenge wrong with wrong" is not for the enemy but for ourselves. I think the U.S. still has a chance. Whether to take advantage of that opportunity and prosper or to collapse like many other empires in history depends on our choice today.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions, and Hip-hop: A Dialogue at the Rubin Museum

Chris Fici | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

As an only child who by his own admittance grew up "sitting on the couch", Pandit suddenly had to share living space with over 60 other monks, sleeping on the floor, taking cold showers, and dodging malaria in one of the world's most overpowering metropolises.

The Yoga of Ecology at Bluestone Farm (PHOTOS)

Chris Fici | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

Having been a practitioner in the bhakti-yoga community for nearly a decade now, I have come to understand that the values of yoga, values that connect us, that yolk us, to the Divine are values that inherently create ecologically-sound lifestyles and communities.

Students Cross Country To Share What's Possible Through Seminary Education

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Increasingly, seminaries and divinity schools are connecting the dots between faith and service, and encouraging students to grow as faith leaders who will take on important issues in local and global communities after they graduate. This summer, a group of students are sharing the exciting news.

Finding Commonlity Between Buddhism And Christianity

Peter Herman | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Peter Herman

The common ground for Buddhism and Christianity is not then found in texts or philosophical musing. It is found in the hungry, the poor, the suffering, the sick.

Changing Theological Education: Reforming From The Bottom Up

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I have spent the past several years visiting seminaries and divinity schools around the country in an effort to better understand them and find ways to strengthen them. What I have discovered is a contrast of great challenges and powerful hope.

The Spiritually Urgent Response To Our Ecological Crisis

Chris Fici | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

It is our call to create a sense of urgency infused with compassion and wisdom that can take us beyond the obvious fear we face when encountering this truth.

Why I Haven't Dropped Out Of Seminary

Todd Clayton | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Todd Clayton

A month in to my program, after preliminarily discerning that I don't want to work in a church, I started a love affair with my Google search bar: "What can you do with an M.Div. if you don't want to be a pastor?"

A Post-Christian Hindu Yogi In Communion

Chris Fici | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

Returning to communion for me is a chance to reclaim a part of my spiritual identity, to fully form and own an understanding of my development as a seeker and servant of God.