Why Give to Union Theological Seminary?

Greetings from Union Theological Seminary!

Every day I am reminded of how fortunate Union is to have the students who are our very reason for being. They are a remarkably diverse group, passionate and committed to ministry and social justice. They are especially inspiring at this time when the recent election is now behind us and when the ongoing transition has begun to make a darker world for many.

Our students are drawn to Union by the academic rigor, theological reflection and social engagement that are the Seminary’s hallmarks, as well as our unwavering focus on preparing the next generation of progressive faith and thought leaders to change the world within faith communities, the academy, and society. The next cadre of Union leadership will stand as symbols of hope at a time when hope has become elusive for many.

In these deeply uncertain times, I take solace in being on the Seminary campus encountering our amazing students. Most of them receive scholarship support – currently 87% tuition relief, on average – which enables them to matriculate at Union.  Without scholarship support, many students would simply not be able to afford a Union education; even with this assistance, most will graduate with $50,000 in debt.

I urge you to join us in making accessible to all who wish to enroll at Union the life-altering experience our students and alumni/ae describe of their time here.  Please make a tax-deductible gift to Union’s Annual Fund, a gift that will be used to support student scholarships.  Your contribution will help our students transform the world, just as Union has transformed them.

Your partnership in Union’s vital work will make a deep and lasting difference in the lives of our students, and through them, in the world.

This work is profoundly important.  The need is great.

Peace and blessings,

Serene Jones

President and Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy

Please contact Gabriele Gossner (212.280.1412 or ggossner@uts.columbia.edu) if you have any questions.