The Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary is piloting an online, two-year program that brings together a cohort of lifelong learners for conferences, book discussions, spiritual retreats, weekend courses, and lunchtime workshops around important themes of social justice. Intended for busy Episcopal laity and clergy who would like to gain a stronger grounding in issues of social justice today, this pilot program draws on the expertise available at EDS at Union Theological Seminary to explore issues surrounding racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, poverty & homelessness, and the environmental crisis.
The 2022-2023 program will be centered on poverty and environmental justice. Fall 2022 includes:
- A summer reading list and one-day orientation and conference to discuss texts
- A fall spiritual retreat connecting the theme of racial and economic justice
- Two Continuing Education Courses
October 7-8: Gustavo Gutierrez and the Problem of Human Suffering taught by Dean Kelly Brown Douglas
November 4-5: Chaplaincy and Building a Movement in Poor Communities taught by the Rev. Sarah Monroe
- Many optional opportunities for worship, evening lectures, and lunchtime conversations with leaders across the Church.
Pilot program cost: $1,000 per student for one year (Scholarships are available! See below)
In its first year (2021-2022), the program had over 60 participants from around the country, including clergy, laity, and those in discernment and formation for ministry. While most of these participants are continuing on for a second year, the program is accepting a limited number of additional applications for 2022-2023. Please reach out to Sister Vee at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information by June 25th.
Click here to learn more about the program and schedule.