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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 09.20.2014 | 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...

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

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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.

Can A Hare Krishna Yogi Have A Social Gospel?

Chris Fici | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

As far as I know, I am the only practicing Hindu at Union Theological Seminary right now, and this leaves me in a tough spot. This is because I am not sure how I, as a Hindu, as a "Hare Krishna," fit into the fabric of social justice that defines Union.

A Yogi At Union Theological Seminary

Chris Fici | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

It's quite clear to me that my life now at Union is a clear gift from God, a lavish God who knows our most intimate yearnings and hopes, much more so than we ever might, and who is constantly arranging for us to have what we need and want.

Confessions Of An Ex-Priest: The Doctrine Of Justification For Lying By Clergy

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Tom Rastrelli

People don't expect their priests and bishops to lie, but clerics do lie. Some even make a virtue of it. I know this from experience, for I was ordained a Catholic priest on a lie.

Church, Social Media And Chautauqua

Verity A. Jones | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Verity A. Jones

Identity has long been a theme in religion studies and religious thought and practice. How might something like "digital identity" be shaping and reshaping religious life today?

Why Attend Seminary?

Serene Jones | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

If you announce plans to attend law, medical, or business school, your friends and family will have a fairly good idea what you'll be doing for the next few years. Share your goal to become a seminarian, however, and you likely will be met with puzzled, if not skeptical, looks.

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary's Poverty Initiative

Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

Cornel West: Peace Out, Princeton!

Posted 01.17.2012 | Black Voices

Cornel West, one of the nation’s most prominent and outspoken public intellectuals, is leaving Princeton University to return to the institution whe...

Protest 101: What Happens When A Seminary Is Occupied?

Serene Jones | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Serene Jones

At Union Theological Seminary, we stand in full solidarity with the protestors. That's clear to us. As President, however, I'll admit the prospect of my seminarians being in today's events makes me a bit worried and anxious.