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Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, Florida
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Location: New York, New York
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
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About Union Theological Seminary
INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW In 1836, a small group of lay people and ministers, feeling “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church,” came together to found Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union). Today, Union lives out this call to service by training people of all faiths and none who are called to the work of social justice in the world. Union students are dedicated to an integrated journey of intellect, spirit, and community to discover and define the faith and values that will sustain their vocation. Pastor, community leader, professor, performer, doctor, lawyer, educator, artist – whatever it may be. The city of New York, far from serving as a backdrop, gives students direct access to the flux and flurry of the complex interactions and struggles present in urban contexts. Union’s founders placed the seminary in New York specifically because “large cities furnish many peculiar facilities and advantages for conducting theological education.” In the mid-1800s, this meant that just outside the doors of the seminary students encountered a microcosm of the nation’s most pressing issues: an influx of immigration, a disturbing rise in poverty, and raci...al unrest in the aftermath of abolition. Though present in new forms, Union continues to face these same challenges. Union’s ecumenical and interfaith commitment grows deeper every year. Union students seek to address not only the questions facing Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, but also the questions facing the entire world as it becomes more global, international, and secular. Informed by the insights of liberation theologians and scholars who belong to more than one faith tradition, the seminary embraces the richness and realities of religious pluralism and seeks to amplify the bold voices of the historically silenced in a world of increasing inequality. With one foot planted firmly in academia and one foot firmly the world, Union recommits itself in each new era to the varied and evolving society beyond its classrooms. Throughout the seminary’s history, this commitment has attracted a vibrant and diverse community of students and professors. From Reinhold Niebuhr, President Barack Obama’s “favorite philosopher,” to prophetic public intellectual Cornel West. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, James Cone, Paul Tillich, Dorothee Sölle, Garry Dorrien, Delores Williams, Walter Rauschenbusch, Beverly Harrison, James Forbes, and Myles Horton have all studied, taught, or currently teach at Union. These world-famous professors challenge their students to think more broadly. They lead their fields in cutting-edge theological inquiry. From Womanism and queer theology to liberal and neo-orthodox Protestantism, Union has and continues to work at the forefront of great social movements. Union aspires to provide an education that is foundational, interreligious, boundary-crossing, world-changing, counter- cultural, and communal. MISSION Progressive theology has long taken shape at Union, where faith and scholarship walk together to be a moral force in the world. Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, a Union education prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. Union forms courageous faith leaders who make a difference wherever they serve. VISION Education at Union Theological Seminary is deeply rooted in a critical understanding of the breadth of Christian traditions yet significantly instructed by the insights of other faiths. It makes connections between these traditions and the most profoundly challenging issues of our contemporary experience: the realities of suffering and injustice, world religious pluralism, the fragility of our planet, and discoveries of modern science. Union envisions a future in which teaching and learning continues to be ecumenical in spirit, supporting a record of academic excellence and a deep commitment to social justice. Union envisions its graduates changing the world by practicing their vocations with dedication bring a religiously grounded, critical, and compassionate presence to the major personal, social, political, and scientific realities of our time.
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