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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 moral principles 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.


offering the local church to god's beloved

rev. anna olson taught a two-day intensive course challenging the conventional wisdom of church growth programs, advocating for throwing the doors of the church open on the assumption that god is already at work in the community.

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Anglican Missions & Social Justice

rev. kenneth o. ofula joined the eds at union students for a lecture on anglican missions in east africa. this lecture is part of the course taught by dr. joshua samuel that asks students to explore "the different understandings of missions in post-colonial contexts."

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second annual hymn sing

the eds at union community came together in song with ame pastor henry allen belin in telling the story of absalom jones, the first black priest of the episcopal a church, and richard allen, founder of the african methodist episcopal church.

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spanish learning lab

this spring semester, eds at union is piloting a “spanish learning lab” to give students who are beginner spanish speakers an opportunity to gain language skills. this weekly course is facilitated by rev. yamily bass-choate and is centered around in-person conversation practice combined with an online spanish tutorial program.

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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 at union newsletter | october 2020

friday, october 30, 2020

having problems viewing this email? view online. dear friends,  i pray that you are safe and well during this challenging election season. this fall, we have focused on the importance of the vote and the ongoing struggle to assure the right to vote for all. why such a focus for a seminary? in many respects,

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the modern struggle for voting rights in america

thursday, july 23, 2020

with this weekend’s passing of congressman john lewis, we lost a true american hero whose life’s work centered on the struggle for racial equality and equal access to the vote. we are proud that his legacy and the voting rights act will be a central focus of eds at union’s academic and public programming this

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eds at union newsletter | june 2020

friday, june 26, 2020

where faith and scholarship meet to reimagine the work of justice having problems viewing this email? view online. dear friends, these past few months have revealed that our nation and the world need faithful, moral leadership now more than ever. during this extraordinary season, the global community continues to experience the death and suffering of

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understanding the border through experiential education

tuesday, june 16, 2020

this story was originally published in the union collective spring 2020 issue a group of eds at union students, staff, and one board member arrived at casa vides, a house of hospitality for migrants and refugees operated by annunciation house, in el paso, texas, on january 10. for six days, they participated in a “border

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america’s lost soul

saturday, may 30, 2020

by kelly brown douglas george floyd, breonna taylor, ahmaud aubrey. in response to president john kennedy’s assassination martin luther king, jr. said “while the question of who killed president kennedy?” is important, the question of “what killed him?” is more important.” inasmuch as what is killing black people in this country—be it the racialized realities

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eds at union newsletter | march 2020

wednesday, march 25, 2020

where faith and scholarship meet to reimagine the work of justice having problems viewing this email? view online. dear all: as i write this message to you during these difficult and anxious times, as we all navigate covid-19, i pray that you are well. while union theological seminary has joined schools across the country in

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eds at union border awareness experience reflections

wednesday, february 26, 2020

*an edited version of this article will be published in the spring 2020 union collective magazine understanding the us/mexico border through experiential education, thanks to the annunciation house! a group of eds at union students, staff and board members arrived at annunciation house in el paso, texas on january 10th.  for the six days, they

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feast of st. nicholas of myra

friday, december 20, 2019

homily by meredith ward december 6, 2018 as we enter this season of advent, these days of preparation and expectation, it is good to make time, as best we can in the midst of our busy-ness, to open our hearts to that true spirit of love and giving that is at the heart of the christmas

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eds at union newsletter | december 2019

wednesday, december 18, 2019

dear friends and colleagues, i hope you are enjoying a blessed advent. in this season of waiting and expectation, i am more conscious than ever of the way that our broken and tumultuous world is longing for courageous moral leadership. our program here at eds at union is committed to fostering this kind of lay

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kelly brown douglas named to moyers chair at union

monday, november 25, 2019

union theological seminary president serene jones today announced the appointment of the very rev. kelly brown douglas, phd. to the bill and judith moyers chair in theology. the union board of trustees voted to name douglas, currently the dean of the episcopal divinity school at union and professor of theology, to the chair that was

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dean douglas on the road | october 2019

friday, november 1, 2019

below is a recap of some of dean kelly brown douglas’ public events during october 2019. to keep up with dean douglas, follow @deankbd on twitter and eds at union on facebook. october 3 –  christ in crisis: a conversation with jim wallis at trinity wall street in this video, dean kelly brown douglas interviews sojourners editor-in-chief jim wallis

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eds at union newsletter | september 2019

wednesday, september 25, 2019

where faith and scholarship meet to reimagine the work of justice   having problems viewing this email? view online. dear friends, this summer, i had the privilege of joining the church of heavenly rest in leading students and parishioners on a civil rights pilgrimage through alabama and participating in a border prayer service with members

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a response to president trump

wednesday, august 7, 2019

on july 30, 2019, the leaders of the washington national cathedral, including dean kelly brown douglas, released a statement denouncing the continuous and escalating racist and dehumanizing rhetoric from the president of the united states. below you can read the full statement and see a recap of the media response. have we no decency? a

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living the gospel

thursday, june 27, 2019

we interviewed rev. bonnie perry ‘88, the bishop-elect of the episcopal diocese of michigan, and the first openly-gay woman to be elected to that post. you’re stepping into a new position, which gives you the opportunity to think about the future direction of the church and what you would like to bring. what do you

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