Thank you for your interest in The Encore Transition Program at Union Theological Seminary. We are delighted you are considering joining this latest cohort of the program. We count on all participants to help the evaluation and design and we’ve continued to improve the program along the way.

The Spring 2020 session will accept between 12-15 participants so that everyone has the full opportunity to benefit from the discernment dialogues and experiential learning. We expect that all participants will be 55 years or older and that participants who come to the program have made a personal commitment to transition to some form of social justice or social purpose activity at this later stage of life. 

We will give preference to the earliest applications though we will also look to build a diverse group, including all religious beliefs, as well as the unaffiliated. The program will meet for eight sessions on Wednesday evenings every other week from 6:10-9pm. The classes will meet on the following dates:                       

Wednesday, January 29
Wednesday, February 12
Wednesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday, March 25
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, April 15
Wednesday, April 29

There is a fee of $3,000 to join the Encore Transition Program which includes all costs at Union Theological Seminary. If you feel you are unable to cover the full fee, please add a note to your application for discussion of a possible reduced fee.

At this point, we are not certain whether we will offer a spring session, but if you are interested in that, please contact Ruth Wooden, director of the Encore Transition Program at Then we can plan accordingly.

Applications are due Monday, December 30, 2019. We will advise all participants regarding acceptance by Thursday, January 9, 2020.


Encore Transition Program at UTS